Now, many of you may not understand what the big deal is. Just stop what you are doing, get up and move to the dressing room. Right? Wrong - You try unlatching your barracuda who has already begun to scarf down his meal. Not only that, but the process of milk let down, foremilk & hindmilk - its kind of a big deal! Interrupting the entire process could make for a very unsatisfied baby, leading to crying & crabbiness. Which would you rather have in your public place? A satisfied, relaxed baby or one that is crying and fussy? Mmmhmmmm....I think I know the answer to that one.
So why not just head to a private place when your child is hungry instead of starting to nurse in such a public area? Babies don't understand "You have to wait until I can make it to a more private area, sorry!" When they are hungry they are hungry NOW. Making them wait any longer than what is necessary to pull up your shirt and get latched on will seem like FOREVER for your baby. Not only that, but usually when you are out and about with your child you are doing so because you need to - like grocery shopping or Christmas shopping. You will, more than likely, have a cart full of items that you don't want to leave. If its groceries - there is probably dairy or frozen foods. If a mom can shop & nurse at the same time, doesn't it make more sense for her to do so instead of leaving her cart full of perishable items to go "nurse in private"?
Besides all this - Nursing is Normal. It is not sexual, it is not the same as showing your butt, having sex in public or running around naked. The act of nursing is about nourishing a child. Giving a baby sustanence. A baby cannot live without food....drrrrrr. Comparing breastfeeding to anything is just ridiculous & absurd.
NIP is legal in the state of Indiana & almost all the others.
Not withstanding any other law, a woman may breastfeed her child anywhere the woman has a right to be. Source: Indiana Code 16-35-6-1 Chapter 6, Sec. 7
But what about a woman showing her breast in public? That isn't right!
You're Absolutely Right!
God forbid we try to do something right for our children & provide them with nourishment! We may just show too much skin.
|c/o Melissa Morgan|
|c/o Melissa Morgan|
My challenge to you:
Give a little thumbs up or smile next time you see a mom nursing her child. Ask her if there is anything she needs - perhaps she needs the burp cloth that is buried in the diaper bag. Help us normalize nursing in public instead of giving dirty looks or making a scene. This is about our children - not anything else.