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September 19th, 2010, 10:11 AM
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Is there any place you consider NIP a no-no? We had to attend a funeral for DH's friend the other night. It was held in a Catholic church. Now I'll NIP anywhere, most of the time I do use a cover though. But I don't know what the protocall for church is, let alone Catholic church. They had a cry room where I sat and nursed but could still see and hear the service. What I thought was a two way mirror turned out to be regular glass! So what the heck is the difference? Is it because I'm not in the actual chapel and it would be disrespectful if I were? Or is it just a society norm to seperate nursing mothers? Since it was a funeral I didn't feel it was the place to fight for my right and just excused myself to the cry room. But it really got me thinking! Any insight or other experiences?
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September 19th, 2010, 10:18 AM
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i don't know...i don't attend church regularly, but i have nursed in church. i got a few dirty looks, but i didn't care.
if i were at a funeral and i was nursing an "older" baby, like over 9 months, i may excuse myself and do it somewhere else, but if it were a little baby and you were discreet, i don't see the harm in it.
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September 19th, 2010, 10:27 AM
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We go to a Catholic church and I have nursed there several times and seen others nurse there. Of course we lived in an area that was very pro-breastfeeding so it wasn't uncommon or unusual to see bf'ing moms all over the place.
I can't really think of anywhere that I wouldn't BF, other than the obvious - like a bathroom lol. I kind of figure that your baby has to eat, they don't understand "we'll be getting food in 15 minutes just hold on" like say a 5 yr old would so you just gotta do what you gotta do!
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September 19th, 2010, 10:40 AM
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Our church has a Mother's room" where you can go to nurse if you want but it isn't a requirement. I generally do use it but mostly because I have no nursing dresses and I prefer to be more discrete at church.

The only time I'm uncomfortable with NIP is more environmental - like if I'm in a small space with just a couple other people and I don't know their feelings on the matter
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September 19th, 2010, 10:53 AM
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Well I know that Sam is a noisy nurser. My let down is really fast, so when he eats he gulps and pulls off and fusses... it's all very awkward. So I don't feel comfortable NIP in a place that is really quiet, where people can hear the sucking and all. That's just me.
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September 19th, 2010, 02:44 PM
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I think the only time i wouldn't do it would be in front of my male teenaged students (i teach high school) because, well, i don't have to explain that, do i? other than that, i'll use a quiet room/area if it's available, if not, anywhere goes....except the bathroom!!
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September 19th, 2010, 05:32 PM
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not sure really.....I actually nursed Cadie at my in law's country club once. No one said anything. I agree with small spaces in mixed company, other people's houses depending on who it is.
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September 19th, 2010, 08:09 PM
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I had trouble BF'ing at the hospital and got fed up and said Ok I'm going to the lounge to sit on the couch and nurse. So my nurse helped me wheel my boy down there and I walked down there and it was full of people that day. A mom who I think was having contractions another pregnant mama who had 3 kids with her,their friend was having a baby. I walked in and said hello I'm here to BF my son I hope no one minds,but it's to hard in my room and we have to get this done. No one seemed to mind at all. I was annoyed that I didn't get a nursing pillow and that I was told they didn't have nicer,more comfortable chairs in the nursery. I think the nurse that was with me when I asked about the nursery setting didn't know they did in fact have nice chairs in there since he'd just started his training there. I only learned this today when we went for a check up.

I'm not yet comfortable NIP. I don't feel that I'm an established BF'er yet. We can sometimes get a good latch right away and sometimes not. When we can't right away he fusses and my boob is really out there and it would cause a lot of attention in public.

When my male friend came to visit me at the hospital with his gf I warned him that I was about to feed my son and he can look away or cover his head if he wanted! I meant HIS head and not my sons!
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September 19th, 2010, 10:31 PM
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We go to a Catholic church and I have nursed there several times and seen others nurse there. Of course we lived in an area that was very pro-breastfeeding so it wasn't uncommon or unusual to see bf'ing moms all over the place.
Well that's good. I just didn't know what was exceptable. I was raised non-demoninational Christian in a comtemporary church, so the Catholic church is quite a difference. But more so than that, the group I was with I didn't know at all. I was there to support DH, I had never met his friend who passed away. So I felt out of place to begin with. I didn't want to make some sort of faux pas in these people's church. If it was a church I had plans on regulary attending I would think differently I think.
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September 20th, 2010, 07:42 AM
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I nurse in church all the time. We do have a mother's room that people can go to to nurse if they want but no one has ever given me a hard time about nursing in church.
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September 20th, 2010, 10:59 AM
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I sit in the crying room of our Catholic church anyway because of Lily, but I wouldn't worry about nursing in church at all. I even nursed without a cover in the lobby of my grandfather's retirement home dining room
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September 20th, 2010, 12:04 PM
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Well I know that Sam is a noisy nurser. My let down is really fast, so when he eats he gulps and pulls off and fusses... it's all very awkward. So I don't feel comfortable NIP in a place that is really quiet, where people can hear the sucking and all. That's just me.
Avery is so noisy! She smacks her lips a lot (she does it w/ a bottle too though). I'm probably the oddball here, but I hate to NIP & if I have to, I always carry a cover with me. I would've definitely used the cry room & probably would've sat w/ my back to the window. I don't like drawing attention to myself in any situation & I feel like everyone is staring at me, even w/ a cover.
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