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PhD in Parenting/Nursing in public

My sister sent me this blog with some nice thoughts: www.phdinparenting.com.

It's another crunchy calm parenting site, with an emphasis on science and logic. And breastfeeding, which is where I found some very enlightening words. First, there's 50 Reasons for Breastfeeding Anytime, Anywhere. I've nursed in public so obviously I'm an advocate of the a-okayness of it, and I've never encountered an issue nursing in public, but it's just nice to make darn good and sure the world is on the correct side of any questions that come up.

This is really my favorite reason for why nursing in public is okay, I've just never seen it put so concisely before:

9. Because a baby’s right to nurse is more important than your non-existent right to not have to look at things you do not like to look at.

For REALS people... it's public. Remember throwing parties in high school and hearing some petty drama queen state that if so-and-so was coming, she wouldn't? What was the right/normal thing to do? Leave out the complaining drama queen! Because if you hate people, you can stay home. We have the technology. You can watch movies in your expansive home theater, order food to be delivered, chat online and ignore everyone you don't like. But public is public. People might not be dressed the way you like, they might talk loud, they might smell funny, it's public. Ya deal.

Other reasons I loved but hadn't really thought of before:

33. Because it is actually a lot more discreet to nurse without a cover than to have one of the “HELLO LOOK AT ME I’M BREASTFEEDING” covers over your baby.

This is true. I have tried it.

20. So that other women do not have to wait even longer in line at public restrooms because all the stalls are full of breastfeeding moms.


34. Because if you are staring with your jaw open at a mom who is breastfeeding in public, you might miss some of the truly atrocious things that you would otherwise have been exposed to in public.

and how.

I also loved her post on Why Covering Up is a Feminist Issue, where she explores the whole range of what it means to be "covered" and why it's so hard to draw the line at what it means to cover up to breastfeed.

Onward lactivists!


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 13th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
Thanks for the shout-out. I enjoyed reading your take on it.
Jan. 13th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
you can say all that again!!!

I hated nursing covered. Sure I'll nurse covered if you eat your lunch with a blanket on your head.
Jan. 13th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
perfect timing.. hubby and I were just talking about this as D is getting older and the various opinions of breastfeeding amongst our friends (not positive really, sadly) and how to handle it if ever put in that situation...

as we both plan to carry on BFing as long as I produce and/or D likes to have...

And D does not like covers....
Jan. 13th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
I meant, I will carry on BFing and hubby supports me 100% ... ;)
Jan. 13th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
I find those covers silly. When a friend uses one in front of me I always wonder if she's doing it for my sake or her own comfort. I've always been shy about my breasts, but BFing feels different/easier.
Jan. 13th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
a breastfeeding mum should never have to feed her baby in a toilet. the haters should go and eat their meals in the loo first.
Jan. 13th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
oh, and i'm sorry if it offends anyone here but i think anyone who has a problem with breastfeeding in public must have major issues (i'm not a mum or anything, yet, but i feel strongly about this).
Jan. 13th, 2011 05:02 am (UTC)
I've been following that blog for a while. They're in Ottawa, like us!

The blog keeps me thinking about my buying habits, and I liked their musings on holidays, secular parenting and taking the good bits from attachment parenting without getting carried away.
Jan. 13th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
Hello, I have saw you in thequestionclub and am interested in adding you as a friend. Sound good?
Jan. 13th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
Jan. 13th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
Awesome, added :)
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