Nursing in public terrified me as a new momma. I read all the horror stories. Saw all the pictures of “warrior moms” fighting the system, defying critics, and feeding their babies anyway. Certain a stranger was going to yell at me, I struggled with covers, sat in corners, and pumped bottles ahead of time whenever I could. It was exhausting.
And it was unnecessary. Because the truth is, these stories are the anomalies.
So, new nursing moms, here’s my story: I breastfed in public . . . and nothing happened.
Except of course, that my baby got fed.
Three babies in, and I’ve finally accepted the fact that most people couldn’t care less. Not convinced? Here’s a list of the places I’ve nursed, without a cover, and without incident:
A park bench
My son’s preschool classroom
At the library during story time
In an airport
On a full plane
At church during service
While hiking Bandelier National Monument (first with a Moby wrap and then in a cliff dwelling when baby was tired of having the wrap blocking his view)
In front of my Dad, Father-in-law, brother…
You get the picture. I get around.
There are so many challenges that come along with becoming a mom. Don’t add nursing in public to your “worry list.” It’s not worth it.
Your baby doesn’t like eating with something covering his face (who would)? Just ditch the cover. You don’t want sit in a room by yourself for half the party while you breastfeed? Then don’t!
There’s about a *95% chance nothing will happen. And even if some goofball says something, wouldn’t you rather hear (and ignore) his complaint than listen to your little one cry?
I get it. Nursing can feel awkward, especially at first. So instead of worrying about normalizing it for everyone else with protest articles and pictures of that one time something went wrong, I’m going to come along side new mommas and share a more positive (and likely) reality. #fedmybabyandnoonecomplained
Who’s with me?
*Like far too many statistics out there, this one is made up. But I believe it’s pretty darn accurate.
Originally published June 2017.