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We took Jonah to a party that our friends were having in the park today. We were only going to stay a couple of hours, so I nursed Jonah when we got there in the backseat of our van, and planned on nursing him before we left in the same place. Well, we stayed longer than a couple hours, and of course he got hungry. The pavilion was a twenty minute walk from the van, so it was either nurse him there in the park, or say our goodbyes. I wasn't ready to leave (first time I've been out with friends since I was put on bedrest three weeks before Jonah was born) I peeked in the park bathroom... ew, my son was not going to eat in there! I couldn't even stand the smell of it! I took our blanket and went way down to the end of the pavilion, and just as I was about to unclip my nursing bra (while juggling my still floppy infant and the blanket over my shoulder) a group of men walked by and eyed me up, so of course I couldn't do it there. LOL so I went and got DH, and drug the stroller to a corner of the pavilion and hid behind the stroller, sitting on the ground, as DH helped me hold the blanket up LOL It must have looked so funny to my friends. They all told me to just come out and feed him, which made me feel better, and I think I'll be more confident the next time I have to do it.
I know it is silly, but I am excited to have done this. It's a huge milestone. I have been so scared to nurse in public (a woman got a ticket in our area not too long ago for nursing in her car!!! I think the charge was dropped, but still it is a touchy subject around here.. people are scared of boobs) but now it's not so bad. And I think with a bigger blanket, or one of those nursing covers, we can get the whole discreet thing down pretty quickly. The only problem we really had was that I have been so full lately, so he doesn't latch on right away. He kind of plays with my nipple and lets the milk squirt into his mouth for about five minutes, then he latches on. If it weren't for that monkey business I think it would be a lot easier.
yay for our milestone!
I just had to share it with you ladies!