February 2013 Moms

Share your happy NIP stories

A post on a different website got me thinking. People are always worried about rude comments if they nurse in public, but I've had the opposite experience. I've gotten some stares (which is silly--- if you don't want to see it then just don't look), but never rude comments. I've actually received many compliments from people. 

1) With my son, around Christmas at he Mall, a woman came up to me while I was nursing my son and said "It's really nice to see you doing what is best for your baby! I wish more moms felt confident like that!"

2) I didn't have a cover while we were out at Whole Foods in Downtown Milwaukee  and DD was obviously hungry. I looked at DH and said "This is a pretty progressive place, right? I'm just going to feed her." He frowned because while he is very comfortable with the breastfeeding he is a little protective of my... ladyhood. I pulled out my boob and was feeding the baby while shopping when a woman came up and said "Good for you!" It totally made my day!



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Re: Share your happy NIP stories

  • I bf DS1 for close to 2 yrs and now DS2.  I've never had a single person say anything at all to me positive or negative.  I never use a cover either, but maybe people don't even notice I'm feeding them. :)  Hopefully, they just don't care.  That's the world I want us to live in, where it's so normal that no one cares! 

     

     

     

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     I've never had a single person say anything at all to me positive or negative.  

    Pretty much this. When my daughter was roughly 2 and I nursed her during a meeting with my real estate agent, the agent said something like "that's so great that you're still BFing her." That's about all I can remember.  

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  • I've mostly just gotten pats on the back from doctors. DS doesn't like to nurse in public; the world is too interesting.
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    I bf DS1 for close to 2 yrs and now DS2.  I've never had a single person say anything at all to me positive or negative.  I never use a cover either, but maybe people don't even notice I'm feeding them. :)  Hopefully, they just don't care.  That's the world I want us to live in, where it's so normal that no one cares! 

     

     

     

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    I bf DS1 for close to 2 yrs and now DS2.  I've never had a single person say anything at all to me positive or negative.  I never use a cover either, but maybe people don't even notice I'm feeding them. :)  Hopefully, they just don't care.  That's the world I want us to live in, where it's so normal that no one cares! 

    This exactly. I BF DS for 16 months, and have been BFing DD. I haven't gotten a single stranger comment yet. 

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  • I talked a big game about planning to NIP without a cover before DS was born. Once he arrived and I was out in public, I took a deep breath and took the plunge! I now NIP without a cover everywhere. The grocery store, the park, a bench on a crowded street, restaurants, concerts, airports, in front of family and strangers. No one has said a word to me! I was prepared to be a breasts feeding/NIP warrior and I haven't had any opportunities to fight for it! 

    One of the nicest experiences was going to dinner with my inlaws at a fancy Italian place in their neighborhood. DS was 4 weeks old.  DH, although a breast feeding advocate, was nervous because it was such a nice place - he didn't want me to feel uncomfortable if someone said something. As soon as dinner arrived DS woke up and needed to eat. I immediately fed him at the table. The waiter, and family friend didn't even bat an eye. He asked if I wanted him to take my meal and warm it up once DS was done eating. How sweet!

    I have also found that my hair salon is very nursing friendly. My hair stylist even sets aside an extra half hour for my appt so DS can nurse if necessary.

    All these things I was so nervous to do, now I don't even think twice. Although no one has directly said anything to me I do get many sweet smiles from moms and other women.

    Sorry this is long...but I feel passionately about NIP! 

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  • I NIP all of the time and I've never had what I would call a bad experience. I've also never had anyone go out of their way to congratulate me on BF, either. Its pretty much normal to NIP, bottle feed, whichever to the people in the places I've been and that is just fine by me!

    I have to say that people at my laundry mat are really supportive. I get offers for help every time I am there!

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  • These days I find it harder to NIP just because my baby is too interested in everything around him and he'll unlatch constantly! If he's really hungry he'll nurse though, and while we haven't gotten too many comments (positive or negative), I have a few happy NIP stories!

    1) On a walk in the park with two other nursing mommies, we all stopped to nurse on a park bench. It was just lovely! Three nursing moms and babies in the fresh air,enjoying the sunshine. :)

    2) Out at lunch with a friend, sitting at a table outside, baby gets hungry, I nurse him, conversation never stops. Moments like this make me so glad I BF, because it just fits so well into regular life. 

  • I agree with the other PPs, I have yet to have a negative NIP experience! I honestly haven't ever  noticed anyone looking at me twice. I haven't had an overly "positive" experience either when someone went out of their way to reference it. It has pretty much just been no big deal either way! 


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