Oooh Positive Nursing Experiences in Public, that always gets a good reaction!
I have been breastfeeding on and off (more on than off) for the past twenty years – I have the three teenagers who tower above me to prove it!!
Throughout my many years of feeding, I have spent quite a large chunk of it feeding my babies whilst we are out and about, its very difficult to tell a toddler that they can’t go to the park because their brother/sister needs feeding EVERY hour, so it really was just a case of feeding them wherever…
Park Benches are quite tame compared to my husbands Rugby Club, but that has been THE best and most relaxed place that I have ever found myself feeding..
I have been supporting my husband at his rugby club for nearly twenty two years, so have been part of the furniture really.
On numerous occasions I have had to feed our little ones whilst showing my support and I have to say it has always been totally fine. I remember one day sitting to feed one of them (can’t remember which one now!) and one of the rugby team came over to speak to me, as he approached, he realised that I was feeding, but they are so used to it, he wasn’t phased at all, but announced in a rather loud voice “Stay back boys, Mandi has her boobs out again, give her some peace, nothing that we haven’t all seen before” and with that walked back to the bar and waited until I had finished feeding before coming to hold a conversation.
So, there you have it, one of the places you thought may be a little embarrassing is in fact one of the easiest places to feed.
Funny breastfeeding memories usually involve squirting milk! I am still amazed at how far it can jet propel from your breast to cover everything in the vicinity….
But there are so many benefits to breastfeeding if you ignore all the breastfeeding myths and if you choose to breastfeed beyond a year that’s entirely up to you!