Friday, April 9, 2010

Adventures in Nursing in Public

Sorry for my absence from the blog-o-sphere. I'm sure all you mommies understand. Glenn went back to work on Monday and I am sort of getting the hang of having two kiddos & being on my own from 6pm one evening until 1pm the next day. I promise to post a proper update on all things 2.0 soon, but for now I just need to toot my own horn a little.

I nursed in public with 2.0 for the first time the other day. We had headed up to the Tulip Festival on what was supposed to be the nicest day (weather-wise) of the week. We ended up getting there right around lunchtime so the plan was to stop and get something to eat and have Beanie pee on the potty. We ended up stopping at the only place in town that was open for lunch and had quite a long wait. I was secretly hoping 2.0 would wake up and be hungry while we were waiting for our food, but, no, he had his mommy radar on and woke up right after my food arrived.

But I didn't even give it a second thought. I pulled him up out of the carseat and nursed him in the restaurant. I did have an Udder Cover to help me feel more comfortable. I *never* would've felt comfortable doing that with Beanie, especially not at 3 weeks old. Okay, I NIP with her when I needed to but I always sort of felt like I would rather not. I don't know why, that was just how I felt, especially early on. When she was older I always was more comfortable nursing in the car or somewhere quiet because she was so curious and would pop off and want to know what was going on. But here I was in a packed restaurant nursing my 3 week old baby. Hooray for me. And I didn't even worry if anyone noticed. I mean, even with Beanie I was always sure I was more convinced people were noticing more than they actually were. I'm sure people have better things to do and look at than worry if I'm feeding my child. And, really, why should I care anyways? I'm not really comfortable (and wonder if I'd ever be) with whipping the boob out and nursing. I mean, if I'm at my house and have people over or whatever then more power to me. And if someone else is comfortable with whipping it out then more power to them. I'm glad I got the Udder Cover though because it really does make ME feel more comfortable nursing out and about. And, FSM knows, I'm not going to be able to just sit around the house and nurse the baby. Especially not with a three year old. Beanie and I need to get out of the house for sure. Otherwise we'll go insane. So, yay for me. I was super proud of my "accomplishment."

And, on a side note. The weather SUCKED the day we went to the Tulip Festival. Cold and biting winds. Poor Beanie's eyes were watering because it was so windy. We didn't stay long. I think 2.0 was the only warm one, all cozy in the Moby. Which is another thing I'm glad I've tried out this time around. How on earth did I live without it with Beanie who constantly wanted to be in my arms and held? Love, love, LOVE the Moby. And 2.0 does most of the time too.

Okay, that's all for now. We've been attempting to get out of the house all morning, but with a gassy baby, a tired mama and a silly toddler it's taken quite awhile. So long that I realized Beanie needed lunch before we could head out.


  1. You know, the nurse at the hospital told me that babies can actually associate the smell of food with hunger already, that's why they get hungry right as we're trying to eat

  2. Well, you disappeared from the blog-o-sphere and I disappeared from reading blogs for awhile. Although, you have a much better reason I think! Anyways, what a great post. It is something to be proud of. I admit to feeling that same uncomfortable feeling with Boo when he was that age. I mean, I nursed him anyways, but I always felt like all eyes were on me. I bet a lot of women feel that way the first time around. Congrats on 2.0 by the way. I don't know if I ever told you how happy and excited I am for you guys!


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