Thanks to social media we've all seen and heard lots of stories about mothers being shamed for breastfeeding in public—the mom in Starbucks, the mom at the Brad Paisley concert, the mom at her graduation. I never knew nursing in public was so controversial!
The month of August marks multiple breastfeeding-related events in the US and around the world: the Big Latch On, World Breastfeeding Week, National Breastfeeding Month AND Black Breastfeeding Week. Closer to home, next weekend I'm honored to take part in the Urban Lactation Project, designed to normalize breastfeeding in San Francisco. Yes, even in a city where people regularly stroll neighborhoods completely nude and run entire footraces naked, mamas are sometimes shamed for nursing in public.
And that's what I'll be talking about. I have a whole 19 months of experience there (so I'm an expert right?), and I've never been hesitant about breastfeeding Mia when we are out and about (except for last week on Muni, and I got over it pretty fast). I've only had one person ever comment to me about it. My experience with nursing in public has been overwhelmingly uneventful, but I know its not that way for everyone.
I want to learn about what others have felt and experienced around nursing in public. Has it been amazing? Terrifying? Insulting? Uneventful? Are you in favor of it? Against it? Wish you could do it? Never thought about it? Do you use a cover? Please share your thoughts with me so that I can incorporate that wisdom into helping answer the question as to why its important to nurse in public to help normalize breastfeeding in general. Mamas, papas, partners, friends and families, speak up—all input is welcome!