Public Breastfeeding: Finally, a Happy Story!
November 3, 2010
© Photo Courtesy of Joanna Goddard
Most of the time, when we hear about breastfeeding in public these days, it’s in response to a mother being asked to stop nursing, a nurse-in declared in response to such a request, or a celeb’s ill-informed tweets on the subject.
So we love hearing a story about successful on-the-go breastfeeding that’s totally drama-free (and happens to have been captured beautifully in photos). So, kudos to one of our fave bloggers, Joanna Goddard, who recently wrote about (and posted a lovely series of photos depicting) an afternoon of casual, discreet public breastfeeding while out with her husband and infant son.
“Since Toby was born, I've met so many wonderful moms who are nervous about breastfeeding in public--they worry that people will give them weird looks or say something negative, or they just feel uncomfortable baring a boob...
“When I was pregnant, I had also read a few stories about restaurant owners or random passersby saying negative things to nursing women now and again, so I came up with a phrase that I'd have at the ready, just in case. Want to hear it? :) I planned to say, ‘It's my legal right to breastfeed my baby anywhere in public or private; if you have a problem with it, you can look away.’ Haha, sounds dramatic, but I felt good knowing that I'd have a reply, if the situation ever arose! Luckily, strangers have actually been great. You know, 99% of the time, people don't even notice that you're breastfeeding (it's so subtle!); and when they do realize it, people have even walked by and said, ‘Aw, that's so sweet,’ or ‘Isn't that beautiful?' which was a nice surprise.”
Moms, have you nursed in public? How did you feel? Did people notice or care?