I am a big lactivist and if a mom wants to nurse in public, she should feel comfortable doing so.

I have nursed in many public places.  I was ready to whip it out, if needed.

Here are just a few:

Nursing on the beach

(BTW, pretty discrete don’t you think?  I never used a blanket, but I don’t think this could offend anyone.)

  • Disneyland, while waiting for Dumbo (and numerous other rides).
  • At a holiday business party at my husbands work.  Sitting right there at the table with everyone, with GASP, no blanket!
  • Walking around shopping for Halloween costumes at JC Penny.
  • Walking around shopping at Costco.
  • At Church, sitting with the congregation.
  • At the Park.

Really whenever and wherever my babies were hungry, I fed them.

No one ever said anything.  But I was ready if they did.

I had printed off my state’s law and had it in my diaper bag, ready to whip IT out too, if needed!

Posted in honor of the Nursing in Public Carnival.  I found out about it too late to officially join, but I am all about Nursing in Public.  I may have to have another baby, just to join in the fun.  🙂

So moms, if you are nursing, stand proud and nurse your baby whenever he gets hungry.  I will be smiling at you and giving you a thumbs up!

(I have to add, it took me a good 4-6 weeks to get comfortable nursing in public with each of my boys.  It takes awhile for them to learn to latch themselves on easily.  But after 4-6 weeks, they had it figured out and it was easy.)

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  1. I love this! Great pic! I am a discreet nurser without blankets or covers as well, and most of my friends either use covers or go somewhere else. I particularly appreciate your mention of nursing in church outside of the “mother’s lounge.” I think a lot of ladies feel like they have to go to the lounge. Though I haven’t always thought this, I feel that if you can’t nurse in public at church, where can you? In my experience, always going somewhere private to nurse can be very isolating to women, as if being a mother to a baby in the age of the nuclear family wasn’t isolating enough!

  2. Lauren @ Hobo Mama

    I love this! I feel like I want to make a list of all the places I’ve nursed in public, too. I put up all my pictures today for Wordless Wednesday as a start. 🙂 http://www.hobomama.com/2010/07/wordless-wednesday-nursing-in-public.html

    But I’ve nursed so many places where I don’t have photos, like on a sailboat, in the church service, in so many restaurants and stores — I feel like I should try to remember them all, just for my own amusement!

    enjoybirth Reply:

    It is hard to remember all of them, because it was just wherever I happened to be. I remember once in Target, I sat in the dining area. An older woman sat across from me. She started to talk to me and I got nervous, was she going to be negative? Instead she said, “Great job, I nursed all my babies too.”

    But it was fun trying to come up with a list. 🙂

  3. I never thought to carry around the state laws. that is a great idea. I nursed whenever I felt my children wanted to eat.

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