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Nursing in Public



This is the Backward Edition of Works For Me Wednesday in which advice is asked for instead of given, and I need your advice, friends.

A few months ago, our family went to one of the most enjoyable parties we have been to in a long time. Our former next door neighbor invited us to a Fall Party [3]where the kids got to decorate pumpkins, go on a hayride, hit a pinata, and enjoy some delicious food.

During the time we were there, the hostess disappeared for a few minutes to go upstairs to nurse her baby. It got me to wondering if I should be removing myself from sight when I nurse. I usually just excuse myself to a chair in a quiet corner, but in the same room so I can still hear the conversation. I cover myself with a light blanket so that the baby and I are comfortable, but completely covered.

I wondered, after noticing my friend excuse herself from the room, if it makes others uncomfortable to have me nursing in their presence. The best part of the party, after all, had been the easy, casual, relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. I know that good manners are all about making others feel at ease in social settings.

I have nursed in restaurants, at pot luck dinners, in friends' living rooms, at a Texas Ranger Baseball game, and walking through the mall. All the while, I have been completely covered, but now I wonder if I have made others uneasy.

What do you think? I know that it is my right to nurse wherever I want, and that I can do it modestly, but what I am asking is; can I do it without making others uncomfortable? Does it make people nervous or uneasy to have a mother nursing in their presence? Does it make a difference if there are men present? Or adolescent/teen boys?

Tell me what you think and then go on over to Rocks In My Dryer [4] to give any other advice you have.