Don’t eat soft cheese, don’t drink alcohol, watch out for mercury in fish, stop smoking, don’t get too much vitamin A, don’t forget folic acid; the list of not to do’s is long and controversial when it comes to having a baby. Of course, we do our best to follow it because the health of our child usually takes precedence over all else.
This made me wonder about all the things we are supposed to do, specifically breastfeeding. There is no argument now that breastfeeding is best. We are inundated with statistics and facts about the benefits of breast milk. We are told to do it exclusively for the first six months of our child’s life. So how often do you see a woman breastfeeding in public? Now that I am blogging about breastfeeding I am on the lookout for women who NIP (nurse in public). Where are they?! I want to see them on the subway, at the restaurant, in the parks!! I’m sure they are out there, I belong to a community of breastfeeding bloggers and I read stories about nursing in public every day. Since I found out that I am expecting my first child, I seem to see dozens of pregnant women and newborns in slings every time I step out of my apartment. Perhaps these breastfeeding women are just really discreet and once I become a breastfeeding mom my radar will be extra sharp, but until then I can’t help but come to the conclusion that our society still encourages us to hide inside. This is the same society that tells us breastfeeding is best!
With World Breastfeeding Week having just past, I hope the awareness raised will make the NIP sighting less of a rarity, less controversial and more welcomed around here.
Here is a wonderful video that echoes my sentiment to those that NIP!
~ Sara @ Momzelle
And here are some tips for breastfeeding in public with ease:
Today’s Parent article Breastfeeding in Public
Blog entry on giggle.com
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