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Breastfeeding in Public Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Keeping breastfeeding in the national eye, a Maine woman just received a settlement from Fossil Inc. after they banned her from breastfeeding on their New York showroom floor. They offered the woman $3,600 to avoid a lawsuit they would most certainly have lost, since New York laws protect a woman’s right to breastfeed “in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be." Apparently they’d removed her from the showroom where she was meeting with a salesperson when she began to nurse, refused to allow her to return to the showroom, and cautioned her when she scheduled a later return trip that breastfeeding was forbidden.

I didn’t do much nursing in public when I had Maddie; with only one child and no full-time job, I had the luxury of working around Madeleine’s schedule. So we were pretty much homebodies those first weeks, or I’d find the nursing station of a baby store, a friend’s office, the nursery at church, and so on. I did more than my share of nursing in the car before heading into a store or restaurant. All of this, though, was more about my inherent modesty and comfort level than my belief about where a woman should breastfeed.

Now that I’ve got a second child, though, it’s no fair to Madeleine to keep her in the house all the time because I like to be in my special nursing chair with a comfy boppy to give Cora her snack. So I’m nursing “out” more and finding it easier than I’d expected.

Let me say first that, since I didn’t go around giving everyone a free show of my breasts before I had a baby, I see no reason to do so now. But nursing in public doesn’t have to be about giving everyone an eyeful, just as it doesn’t have to be about hiding in a germy bathroom stall to give your child nourishment. I’ve got – and forgive the name here – a nursing shawl called Hooter Hiders that works very well to cover up while still giving me room to nurse. It folds up incredibly small for the diaper bag, is very lightweight so the kid doesn’t smother, and even has a terry-cloth corner to wipe up wet burps. The best part, though, is a small wire that holds the top out a bit so you can see straight down to baby’s head. I use this a lot, both out and at home when we’ve got guests over. Everyone feels more comfortable, and if Cora falls asleep while nursing the cover works as a little blanket. I’ve seen another popular nursing cover, the Lila Bean, but the owners have refused to answer my questions about the product so I can’t speak to its quality.

Now, what to wear when planning to nurse in public? Are nursing tops really necessary? Yes, and no. There are a bunch of really ugly nursing tops out there, so beware. But if you find the good ones, they will provide easier access, as well as offer cover for that mommy roll around your waist. Some of the better nursing tops even have spots to hold the nursing pads in place. Nursing tops will also be helpful if you’re trying to nurse in a Bjorn or other soft carrier – pulling a shirt up between your belly and a cranky baby isn’t the easiest under the best of circumstances, never mind on a crowded plane. Glamour Moms’ basic tank top is a great staple for your wardrobe, to go under layers or by itself. Majamas and Blissfulbabes are also great nursing-wear lines. I’ve found the best nursing clothing at Breastchester (my favorite) or Milkface.

I say you don’t necessarily need a whole wardrobe of nursing tops because you’ll find you’ve got things that work already. Look for button-downs or zip-front sweaters or hoodies. Button-up tanks work well in the summer. Of course, you can wear regular t-shirts and simply pull them up to nurse, but most moms don’t feel comfortable exposing their whole belly to strangers at the mall. That’s where the Hooter Hiders comes in handy. But between a good nursing cover and a few nursing tops, you’ll be covered.

No pun intended.

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