About Sara

My first child was born on Feb. 16th 2012 and my second is due January 2014. As I embark on my own breastfeeding adventure, I feel so lucky to be able to be a part of the breastfeeding blog world. For more about me read the About Us section of the blog! This blog is intended to be a place of inspiration and information. It is a place to share stories and ideas. I love hearing from you!

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Breastfeeding Documentary… Coming Soon!

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

I just love Ricki Lake!  Before I was even pregnant, I watched The Business of Being Born and was a changed woman.  It really opened my eyes to the idea of choices in birth and feeling empowered.  Due with number two in a few weeks, I anticipate meeting my child on our terms!

Ricki’s newest film is called Breast Milk: The Movie.  A documentary that “is an intimate exploration of the constructs that can make breastfeeding daunting for so many women”.  It follows a diverse group of families from pregnancy through their child’s first year.  As you can see from the clip of the film below, we still have a lot of work to do to normalize breastfeeding.  The more we see women breastfeeding the more normal it will be!

I can’t wait to check out the film!

Breastfeeding in Public

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

breastfeedingcafecarnivalWelcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!

This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is about nursing in public. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 22nd through August 4th!
 


 
Breastfeeding in public: virgin, mother and whore

 

Yes, you need to reveal your nipple (and sometimes your whole breast) in order to nurse, and that may make you feel uneasy at first, or make other people feel uneasy because they’re not used to it.

 

Our nipples are parts of our body that we – North American women – want to hide under padded bras and nipple covers shaped like flowers, making sure they never show through our clothes. We usually expose our own breasts only in the intimacy of a bedroom, but we see breasts in paintings of the Virgin, where she often nurses her baby, and in European movies where women publicly bathe topless. But mostly, we associate fully exposed breasts with pornography and this is why uncovering our breasts in public is not something most North American women feel comfortable doing. None of us wants to be mistaken for a whore. However, the breast exposure required in order to breastfeed has nothing to do with sexuality. Very few acts are as beautiful, pure and motherly as breastfeeding.

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Aside from a small piece of flesh that others might chance to see, what exactly is controversial about breastfeeding in public? It’s hard for me to come up with any valid concern, since there is no question: breastfeeding in public is an integral part of being able to function as a mother in contemporary society. Busy moms need to be able to circulate freely and to feed our children when they are hungry. In my opinion, nursing clothes put an end to the “breastfeeding in public” debate, because they completely eliminate the worry of public nudity. We don’t have to hide under a blanket or crouch in a toilet stall, as if nursing were some shameful act. That said, we do not have to make it a political act, either. We can simply be ourselves and feed our babies without attracting any side-glances apart from smiles.

 

It is important for us mothers to overcome our fear (and wearing well-adapted clothes, I believe, is key), because otherwise we end up oppressing our needs and feeling guilty. We end up staying at home, or setting up camp in a ladies room. When we nurse in public, we not only practice a democratic right, but also set an example of self-respect for our daughters, our sons, and all of our family. Breastfeeding is a beautiful motherly act, wherever it happens, but especially when it allows women to concentrate on nurturing their children, without worry that others may judge them in the process.

 


 
Here are more post by the Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival participants! Check back because more will be added throughout the day.

My Favourite Nursing Wear…Of Course!

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

breastfeedingcafecarnivalWelcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!

This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is about your favorite nursing wear. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 22nd through August 4th!


 

I’m not an especially shy person, but when it comes to exposing my breasts,  I am. I have never liked communal showers and change rooms. I always wonder if I am not being discreet enough, if I am staring inappropriately, etc. Please don’t tell, but I avoid them altogether by putting my bathing suit on before leaving the house! That’s easy to do when you only go swimming once a week.

What about nursing my baby? Surely I would not nurse only once a day… If I had planned my day around the feeds, staying at home to nurse because of my level of self-consciousness, I would never have gone out. This was not an option for me. I had decided to breastfeed, and I wanted to be happy and active. Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say. Less than a week after the birth of my child, I designed and sewed a nursing top for my personal use. It looked just like a normal t-shirt, but it allowed me to nurse without showing my belly or having to fully uncover my breasts. It impressed my midwife so much that she told me that I ought to make the tops available for all nursing mothers. I did so a few months later, when I started Momzelle nursing wear with my younger brother Vincent.

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I nursed my little one for 2 ½ years, everywhere I went. There is no contest, Momzelle nursing tops are the best ones I have ever tried and owned (just a little biased, of course ;) ). They are practical (no zippers or buttons!), really flattering, they don’t look like “maternity” wear. Wearing a Momzelle nursing top every day allowed me to feel confident and good about my breastfeeding self. I looked no different than anyone else, I did not attract any stares or shy looks, and more importantly, I never had any self-doubts. They allowed me to be myself.

 


Here are more post by the Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival participants! Check back because more will be added throughout the day.

Breastfeeding at a Wedding

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Babies and weddings, not exactly a popular combination!
I would say it fits somewhere between walking onto an airplane with a baby and asking for a high chair at a steakhouse.

Last month we attended a wedding with our three month old daughter.  I will admit to all kinds of anxiety as we walked into the chapel.  Now our kid is awesome, very calm and totally adorable of course, but I was sure she would make a scene just as the lovely couple professed their love for one another!  So we sat near the back and planned our escape.  It turns out I didn’t need to worry.  She made one little squeak and I nursed her quietly and discreetly in my momzelle dress and no one was the wiser!  She wasn’t distracting at all.  Now the little guy across the aisle with a candy wrapper was a different story…

What is your experience breastfeeding at special occasions?  


The Breastfeeding Tourist

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Last weekend we were in Ottawa for a friend’s wedding.  Here is my daughter and I breastfeeding on the lawn in front of parliament.

Have you travelled while breastfeeding?  Where is the most interesting place you have nursed your child?

Feel free to share your photos on our facebook page!

Breastfeeding Book Review: This Milk Tastes Good

Friday, May 4th, 2012

I am a new mother.  My daughter is eleven weeks old and already loves reading.  Well, since last Tuesday  she is happiest (when not on the boob) sitting on our laps facing out, so we have been reading her stories!

I was recently sent a book to review.  This Milk Tastes Good! by Chenniah Patrick is a breastfeeding nursery rhyme.  It is a simple and sweet poem written from the child’s perspective.  With lines like “it sometimes tastes like oatmeal and honey, but I just think that it all tastes yummy”, the rhyme is a cute play on the theory that breast milk changes slightly in flavour based on what mom eats.

My favourite part of this book is the illustrations.  As you can see on the cover, mama is nursing on a park bench.  I love promotion of breastfeeding in public!  There are also images of babywearing, the father unfreezing breastmilk (wearing an “I heart bf” t-shirt!), and the family eating nutritious meals.

Images of breastfeeding directed at children are few and far between.  It is great to read a book that incorporates breastfeeding as a normal and natural part of daily life with an infant.  The author explains in the introduction that she created this poem because she couldn’t find anything to read or sing to her baby while she nursed that was relatable.  There are plenty of images of animals feeding their babies, but not humans!

I admit that I am biased to all things that promote and normalize breastfeeding.  This book is great!

Win a copy of This Milk Tastes Good! by leaving a comment below telling us your favourite place to breastfeed!  The winner will be drawn at random Friday May 11th.

Contest is now closed.

To buy This Milk Tastes Good! by Chenniah Patrick visit: http://jhazamoraspub.tripod.com/merchandise.html

 

My Breastfeeding Journey: Out and About

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

I had told myself all through my pregnancy that I would not be confined to the house once my little one arrived.  Don’t get me wrong, I also told myself to take it super easy and slow, recover, get to know my baby and give myself nothing to do other than fulfill my daughter’s needs!  I just knew that soon enough I would be antsy to get out of the house.

Of course, that means I would have to breastfeed in public!  After my daughter and I got comfortable breastfeeding, I jumped right in.  I’ll admit that I was intimidated at first, especially when there seem to be new stories everyday of mothers being harassed and humiliated for such a nurturing and natural act.  I am not the most extroverted person and I was nervous about drawing attention to myself.

As it turns out, I love breastfeeding in public.  Here’s why:

I get to participate.  I have been able to maintain my social life, which was very important to my husband and I.  We had heard so much about losing friends when having a child.  Because I breastfeed in public, I haven’t missed out on the conversations at the weekend barbecue!

I feel powerful. Like the shirt says, I make milk, what’s your superpower?  Being able to meet my child’s need while out and about really makes me a bit giddy.  It’s overwhelming being solely responsible for nourishing this little person, but so empowering to incorporate it into my life and keep living!

It’s just so convenient. A few diapers and my boobs is all my daughter needs on our outings.  I’m glad the number of things I have to pack in the diaper bag is limited.  I already never remember an extra shirt for myself and she always throws up on me!

Freedom and flexibility. My daughter is eight weeks old and feeding on demand.  Trying to schedule outings around feeds would be nearly impossible!  So I just go out.  If she needs food, I feed her.  It’s liberating, I tell ya!

What are your favourite things about breastfeeding in public?

 

My Breastfeeding Journey: Getting comfortable

Friday, March 16th, 2012

My first child will be four weeks old this week.  It sure is going fast (except the nights, funny how that works).  We have conquered the cracked nipples and improper latch, my next challenge was getting comfortable.

Finding a comfortable position didn’t take me too long.  I have set myself up, almost permanently, on the couch.  I have three pillows propped on one end of the couch, which gives me a nice recline and lets me put my feet up.  Adele and I are tummy to tummy so my arms and back don’t get sore.  Of course, this position doesn’t allow for a lot of function.  I have to make sure I grab my big glass of water, snacks, phone, remote control and current book before I begin.  It’s quite liberating to just allow myself the time and relaxation of nursing in this position.  I will admit that, now that we are in our fourth week, I am starting to feel the pull of obligations.  Entirely self-imposed, I am feeling the need to get things done around the house, get back on Facebook and writing this blog, and getting outside for a daily walk.  Sometimes I get to these things and sometimes I don’t…

Getting comfortable nursing in front of friends and family took me just a bit longer than I thought.  I have been working for Momzelle for a while now and have heard countless stories of how the shirts allow for discreet and easy nursing.  I was quite excited to be able to finally get to use them myself.  And suddenly I was in my living room with a three day old squirmy baby and my husband’s 95 year old grandfather.  I definitely spent the first week of Adele’s life stepping out of the room to get us latched.  But you should see us now!  I have lost all concern about showing a little nipple, mostly because it hardly ever shows.  Adele latches on with expertise and I have figured out all openings in my nursing tops:)  It has been equally liberating to be a part of the conversation and to be included in the get togethers because I am comfortable nursing in front of friends and family.  Along with my comfort and confidence, my friends and family show their support by also being comfortable around us while we nurse.  Their nonchalance is much appreciated!

Next up: Nursing in Public…

What is your most comfortable breastfeeding position?  Were your friends and family comfortable with you breastfeeding around them?

Breastfeeding in public is not a crime!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

I love to see breastfeeding campaigns.  Raising awareness and normalizing breastfeeding is a worthy cause.

Here is a great collection of campaigns, compiled by babble.com, from all around the world.

I particularly love these ones from the Ontario Human Rights Commission:

 

Did you see any breastfeeding campaigns in your area?  Did they impact your breastfeeding choices?

Holiday Photo Contest Winner!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

And the winner is…

Roxane Picard nursing in the Momzelle Fancy Top.  Congratulations!  The festive lights and the loving look in Roxane’s eyes were definitely deciding factors:)

Thank you to all the entries.  We just love seeing the Momzelle shirt in action!