I am back to being a breastfeeding mom. It's funny, when I look at other mom's nursing, I am not exactly the most comfortable around them because I KNOW what they are doing...which is the most natural thing in the world right? Sure. Unfortunately, it's not the most socially acceptable thing. Here's my dilemma. As stated, I am nursing Callie. I enjoy this bonding that I have with my daughter (and it saves us a boat-load of money on formula).
With Noah, I always banished myself away from the public eye to nurse (dressing rooms, separate bedrooms, leaving the sanctuary, etc.). Perhaps my filter has been completely drained now that I have two, but I have not "left" places as often to nurse. Rather, I cover myself with a neatly designed "hooter hider" as my friend likes to call it and discretly nurse. Of course, people still know what I am doing...I mean obviously.
My dilemma is that I don't really want to be banished anymore, but I'm also not exactly the most comfortable nursing in public either. I hate missing any of the action (lifegroup discussions, sermons, worship, time with friends when company is over). Should I have to? I know that I can be weirded out by the whole "boob" issue, so out of respect for others I sometimes leave so that it's not weird for them. Is sitting in the back of church enough or should I leave completely until I am done? We had people over the other night (guys and girls). I still sat in the living room, covered, and nursed. Does this weird people out? I'm genuinely curious. And if so, whose issue is it? Mine? Theirs?
Dave and I watch Bones on television. This last episode was of Booth and Brennan watching a baby. The maternally (and socially) challenged Brennan starts a dialogue with Booth (the FBI agent...and a man) about breastfeeding. He is completely not comfortable with the topic, which is hard for Brennan to understand. She asks him if it's the word "breast" that is so discomforting and asked if "teet" would be easier to discuss. Booth responds, "I do not want to talk teets with you!". Amusing? Yes...especially to me who nurses. But it brings up the point that not everyone is comfortable with this topic.
There is also the mom that got banished from the plane for breastfeeding. OK, I definitely have an opinion on this one: She had no where else to go, was covered, and decided to spare the plane a squalling infant by nursing her. I commend her. It still points to the very big issue of people who are uncomfortable around nursing moms.
So, I guess I'm curious as to other's thoughts. Where is the best place for a nursing mom to nurse? Should she remove herself for others comfort? Or even her own?