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Welcome to the June Carnival of Breastfeeding! The theme for this month is Nursing in Public. Be sure to check out the other bloggers' posts below.
I never really had a problem breastfeeding in public, but the oogles and stares indicated to me that a lot of other people did, which in turn, made me a teensy bit uncomfortable, but never enough to deter me. I usually draped my shoulder with a receiving blanket to appease the gawkers (did I say that?) however since the baby's head would jerk and pull it off, I was forever adjusting. I thought it was a pain in the ... well, you know.
I was never too jazzed about those big, bulky nursing covers either. When I see a mom using one even to this day, I immediately think, "what big, bad thing is she hiding under that thing?" 'In my humble opinion', it sends a message that breastfeeding is something to be covered up and ashamed of. "It is illicit, top secret, too awful to be seen with the human eye." How ridiculous! I also think that in warm weather, the baby would be sweltering under there. Although they seem to function well for moms, they are definitely NOT for me and I imagine a lot of other moms feel the same way.
I have met so many Mom-Entrepreneurs since having my children. It makes me so happy when I hear about yet another fantastic product that was created by a Mom that couldn't find "something" in the market, and thus created it herself!
One of these Moms is Diane Sam, the creator of MoBoleez®. She has come up with an ingenious invention - the world's first breastfeeding hat! Being that I had already weaned both my daughters, it almost made me want to have another baby... almost. ;-) Your baby wears the hat on their sweet little head, therefore his or her movements don't cause any "indiscretions". The great big brim of the MoBoleez® gives moms a bit of privacy without covering-up the breastfeeding like it is some "big bad secret". And here's a bonus - once baby is done nursing, she can continue to wear it as a sun hat!
MoBoleez hats draw attention to breastfeeding in a fun, positive and fashionable way which is one of the things that breastfeeding needs to be once again accepted into the mainstream culture as it once was at the beginning of the last century.
Isn't it time?
Do you/did you breastfeed in public? If so, were you comfortable or not so much? What, if anything, did you use for a cover? I'd love to hear from you!
Check out these other bloggers' posts on Nursing in Public (updated throughout the day):
- Lucy and Ethel Have a Baby: Nursing in Public - Boobs Out and Proud
- PhD in Parenting: Would You, Could You, Nurse in Public?
- Dirty Diaper Laundry: Breastfeeding in Public - Talents - I Haz It
- Kim Through the Looking Glass: Here, at the Restaurant?
- Grudgemom: Nursing in a Room Full of People You Know
- Mum Unplugged: Awww, is He Sleeping?
- Massachusetts Friends of Midwives: Nursing in Public - Chinatown, the Subway, the Vatican, and More
- Mother Mary's Soapbox: Breastfeeding Oriana
- Tiny Grass: Nursing in Public as an Immigrant
- Mommy News and Views: Breastfeeding in Public
- The Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog: Get Kicked Off a Bus for Nursing in Public? Here's How to Respond
- Breastfeeding 1-2-3: To Cover or Not To Cover
- Stork Stories: Little Old Men... & Nursing in Public
- Chronicles of a Nursing Mom: Why Worry About NIP?
- Blacktating: Thank You for Nursing in Public
- Musings on Mamahood: NIP, No Tuck
- Mama Knows Breast: Products That Can Help You Breastfeed in Public
- babyREADY: A Wee NIP in the Park!
- Tales of Life With a Girl on the Go: Planes, Trains and Automobiles - We've Breastfed in them All
- Breastfeeding Moms Unite!: Nursing in Public: A Fresh Perspective on Nurse-Ins
- Hobo Mama: Easy, Discreet Ways to Breastfeed a Toddler in Public
- Breastfeeding Mums: Nursing in Public - What's a Breastfeeding Mother to Do?