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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Posts Tagged ‘Nursing in Public’

Wordless Wednesday – Breastfeeding Photos

Tuesday, July 23rd, 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 breastfeeding photos. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 22nd through August 4th!


 

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

Five reasons to join the Momzelle Facebook Page

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Like us on Facebook!

Here are five reasons to join the Momzelle facebook page

1)  Community.  Connect with over 7500 breastfeeding mamas; ask questions on our wall, comment on posts, share stories and perspective.

2) Inspiration.  I try my best to post nothing but encouraging, uplifting, optimistic and positive articles, photos and links about breastfeeding.  We all have rough days and need to help each other out! 

3) Breastfeeding Resources.  For those challenges and obstacles that we breastfeeding mothers face, our facebook page has oodles of resources, 7500 mamas!  Also, we follow some other awesome pages and I share their wisdom often!

4) Humour.  Laughter helps us keep perspective, especially during those night feedings!  

5) Relevance.   Momzelle and breastfeeding, that’s all we talk about around here!  Get exclusive deals on our nursing tops and see our latest promotions.  I am currently home on maternity leave, often nursing my nine month old while posting:)  Read more about me here.

We are also on Pinterest and Twitter!

 

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?

Promoting Breastfeeding: then and now

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

They are hard to find, but here is a great collection of breastfeeding ads from babble.com.  They span the decades.

I love this one.  It’s part of a series from Canada published in the 1990′s.

 

The small print says “you’ve got what it takes to make a healthy baby and it doesn’t cost a thing”

 

Have you seen a great breastfeeding ad around your town, in a magazine or online?  Please share!

Breastfeeding in public motto!

Thursday, December 8th, 2011


I found this slogan on pinterest.  I love it!

What do you say if or when someone asks you not to breastfeed in public??

Breastfeeding is normal!

Monday, December 5th, 2011

I am due with my first child in two months.  There are so many things I am looking forward to, but… I don’t like drawing attention to myself, making people uncomfortable or  being insecure.  What I really don’t like is that these things are often associated with breastfeeding in public!

I am truly excited for the breastfeeding relationship only I will be able to have with my child.  Because of my work on this blog and my involvement with an amazing community of online breastfeeding mothers, I feel that I will confidently breastfeed in public.  I just hope that if (or when, as it seems more often) I run into negative reactions I will remember this “confidence” I have now!

Last month there was an article about a Michigan judge that deemed breastfeeding (discreetly in the back of his courtroom) “inappropriate”.  Read the article here.  It seems everyday I read about more women feeling embarassed or belittled when breastfeeding in public.  Breastfeeding is normal!! I don’t want to breastfeed in public to make a statement of my rights and responsibilities.  I want to breastfeed because that is what is best for my child.

I would like to see this stop being an issue.  Bottle-feed or breastfeed, the idea is that if you are out with your baby you should not feel weird about feeding it!

Do you feel comfortable breastfeeding in public?  How do we make breastfeeding the cultural norm?

NIP (nursing in public) sightings

Friday, August 26th, 2011

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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Momzelle in Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine!

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

We are so excited to be featured in Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine Sept-Oct 2011 issue!  Check us out on page 13.

Breastfeeding Inspiration

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Instead of a Monday Breastfeeding Quote, today I’m sharing a beautiful video.  Created by Holistic Moms Network (www.holisticmoms.org)

It is called Nursing Our Future.  I just love it!  It empowers and inspires me.

Where have you breastfed lately?