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Breastfeeding Blog Hop Week 5: NIP

Posted: February 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Breastfeeding | Tags: #Judahthetank, Breastfeeding, Nursing in Public | 16 Comments »

It’s Week 5 of the Breastfeeding Blog Hop. This week’s topic is NURSING IN PUBLIC.


Nursing in Public

The past two weeks I’ve spent a lot of time at a local hospital.  A LOT of time.  Pumping wasn’t always the easiest thing to do with docs and nurses in and out of the room every 30 minutes or so and no real private place to go.  I was starting to freak out a bit.  My supply issues are real and every day I am worried that it will be my last day.  I was dry the day after I stopped pumping for the boys.  No engorgement.  Dry.

Thankfully the prayers for my sister that were peppered with my prayers for milk panned out.  Each day I held on. 

One day I was just going to run in to visit for a few hours.  I thought it might be nice to bring Judah.  Jenna was getting better and I thought everyone would like the distraction of a plump baby.  I would welcome the opportunity to nurse instead of pump.  So in we went.

When he was getting hungry I walked him out into the lobby of the floor we were on.  I could have nursed him in her room, but I chose a place that seemed more condusive to the task at hand.  A lovely room with a cascade of windows and a waterfall.  I found a nice leather chair and got down to business.  He latched right away and I relaxed.  I had him loosely covered with an Udder Cover but he hates to have anything over his face so if you were interested, you could see what was going on.

A family walked behind me and the grandmother exclaimed “She’s nursing her baby!” in a knowing, motherly, supportive way to who I assume to be her daughter and grandchildren.  That was nice to hear.  Another woman walked by and stopped to talk to me, Judah stopped mid-suck and gave a big smile.  “He’s getting teeth!”  she said.  I told her I was hoping she was wrong on that one and we both smiled.  Judah went right back to nursing, slowly falling asleep.  She was right though, he got two teeth on Sunday!

Of all of my nursing experiences, in public or not, this was one of the most relaxing.  Waterfall, comfy chair, supportive people milling around and a baby who missed his Mom and his favorite food source. 

It was a perfect little oasis in a stormy week.

If you’re new to blog hops, please check out this post: How To Blog Hop


Host: @LifeWithLevi

Co-Hosts: @playersnamed, @mmumma

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Here are the guidelines for this blog hop:

  1. Follow the 4 blog hosts for the week (spots #1-4). Spot #4 will always feature a blogger randomly selected from the previous week’s blog hop.
  2. Link up your post related to this week’s topic (see above) so others can find it. Please link directly to your post, not your blog’s homepage.
  3. Check out some of the other blogs from the Linky. Be sure to leave a comment on each blog that you found them through the Breastfeeding Blog Hop so they can follow you back!
  4. Repost the linky (link for the code is in the lower right-hand corner of the linky below) on your blog to help promote the blog hop. Be sure to add some info about YOU so others have a place to say “Hi” & let you know they’re following.
  5. Grab the button below if you’d like and display it in your linky post or your sidebar.
  6. This blog hop will be active from Thursday, 02/03 – Sunday, 02/06.
  7. Be sure to include these guidelines when you add the Blog Hop Linky Code to your blog.

About The Slacker Mom – Hey there!  I’m Erin, a Mom to three boys ages 2 and under.  The past year has been a wild ride of adding our newest addition (#Judahthetank if you follow me on Twitter) battling supply issues, having the twins diagnosed with Autism the week before Christmas and now ending my career to stay at home.  I like good beer, bacon and chocolate Cokes.  Not always in that order.  I totally support women in breastfeeding and like to think I’m reasonable enough to know it doesn’t *always* work like we plan.  And that is OK too.  Glad you stopped by!

Life With Levi

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16 Comments on “Breastfeeding Blog Hop Week 5: NIP”

  1. 1 morgan said at 9:32 am on February 3rd, 2011:

    I just wanted to say I love this post! I have had a few instances where me and baby have been apart and I have always found he is SO happy to have his boob back that he nurses so well.
    Glad you ha a positive experience.

  2. 2 Melanie said at 9:04 pm on February 3rd, 2011:

    new from the blog hop 🙂

  3. 3 Laura said at 4:00 am on February 4th, 2011:

    Hi Erin! i already followed you on twitter, but i'm a new blog follower from the hop. Looking forward to reading your blog!

  4. 4 Kristina said at 10:03 am on February 4th, 2011:

    New follower. Love this topic!

  5. 5 erinclot said at 3:40 pm on February 7th, 2011:

    Thanks for stopping by the hop!

  6. 6 Amira said at 2:48 am on February 5th, 2011:

    I'm glad to hear that it is possible to have a positive NIP experience… Great Post!!

  7. 7 erinclot said at 3:39 pm on February 7th, 2011:

    Thanks for stopping by Amira!

  8. 8 Darcy said at 4:41 pm on February 5th, 2011:

    New to the hop ~ glad to hear it was a good session. When I was in the hospital I was the least modest about nursing…the food service people always seemed surprised at how uncovered I was lol

  9. 9 Christina said at 7:58 pm on February 5th, 2011:

    Just found your blog through the blog hop. So many moms are afraid of being harassed when they breastfeed in a place like where you were. My experience has mostly been people just avoided looking at me when I breastfed in public.That's awesome that you got such positive reactions from people.

  10. 10 Kyley Leger said at 12:55 am on February 6th, 2011:

    I know that mid-nursing smile. I hope I never forget what that face looks like. That little smile that tells you he's so satisfied and happy. That smile that says, "mommy you are the BEST!" I love this smile so much that I wouldn't care if anyone else saw my goods because they shouldn't miss that look! My little guy has also becoming anti-face covering as the months have gone on.

    Your story gives me warm and fuzzies. I'm so glad to hear people are having positive experiences!

    PS – here from the blog hop!

  11. 11 erinclot said at 3:39 pm on February 7th, 2011:

    I know! It's just the sweetest smile. Of course when it turns into a game…..it's still cute, but let's get to business mister! Thnaks for stopping by!

  12. 12 Tat said at 5:45 am on February 6th, 2011:

    I am revisiting from the blog hop (I think the first time your link didn't work). It's fantastic that you've had such a positive experience. I had to pump once or twice when my babies were refusing to feed due to colds and quite honestly, I found it a torture. It is so much easier to let babies do what they do best and it's such a pity that mums have to take the pumping option just because of the discomfort of public feeding.

  13. 13 simplyrebekah said at 4:18 pm on February 6th, 2011:

    Aww! I want to go nurse in that environment!! (Found you through the blog-hop.)

  14. 14 erinclot said at 3:41 pm on February 7th, 2011:

    I know- I'll take supportive comments, waterfalls and leather chairs any day.

  15. 15 Taleah said at 1:30 pm on March 18th, 2011:

    What a lovely story – thank you SO much for sharing!

  16. 16 Becky said at 10:33 am on August 14th, 2011:

    Thank you for sharing this! Just caught this on the blog hop. Sounds like it was a good experience–so often we hear the negatives, so this is is great. 🙂

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