Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thank you for Nursing in Public

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I was inspired by MooMama's blog yesterday & also a comment made by Samantha, one of our readers.

I am a nursing mother. We are an eco-friendly family, we cloth diaper, the works, so I wanted to combine these two truths for our next download somehow!

I don't know how many times I've nursed my baby in the back seat of our car, granted, it is roomy back there but you get the picture. I guess I have no good excuse why I didn't nurse much in public, maybe I didn't want to ever put myself & my baby in the position to be confronted or gawked at. I live in a small town, breastfeeding is so far from the norm it's scary, plus I am a pretty modest person in general, so the combination of those two factors equals very little nursing while out & about. I am still nursing my 18 month old & I'm very proud of that, as they get older though the stares become more judgmental & you sometimes question yourself, it's really a sad scenario. I wish that we could freely feed our babies no matter their age or where our bodies are positioned on this earth. We have family across state so we have taken many trips to visit them. I nursed my little outside at a rest area under a few willow trees, it was truly beautiful. I saw another mama nursing her baby there. I always wanted to acknowledge nursing mamas with something more than a knowing nod & smile, without interrupting them of course, because you never can tell if their baby is easily distracted (like mine!)

I made these cards so you could quietly pass through & place one next to where they are seated, to let them know that you think they are wonderful. I've seen cards similar to these around, I really just wanted to make my own set to share because I think they are a lovely gesture. If you have friends that nurse, pass them along, if you are attending a baby shower where you know the mama will be nursing, print a few pages up & tie a thin ribbon around them to add to your gift.

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Thanks to Samantha for the idea!

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Thanks for listening to my story :)

Have a safe & wonderful holiday weekend, we are traveling, peace to you.



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24 comments:

TheFeministBreeder said...

I'm really loving this. Thank you.

sarasophia said...

I feel completely the same way! I am glad to see more and more women standing up for their right to do what they feel is best for their children.

<3 sarasophia

MooMama said...

I’ve nursed in parking lots, amusement parks, at birthday parties, in parks, at friend’s homes, at restaurants, in my backyard, school events and in the audience of dance recitals!

I love these breastfeeding cards!
I had a fellow blogger comment about this same idea on my blog yesterday!

I especially like the idea of the seed embedded paper!

Gina Ciagne said...

This is too cute and perfect for words. Lansinoh loves it!

Gina
Lansinoh

Jake Aryeh Marcus said...

Great idea but the legal information is incorrect. :( See http://www.mothering.com/resources/map.pdf for most accurate information, though I have an update going up in the next 30 days.

amanda said...

Thanks all for your kind words!

Jake, removed the BF law cards, thanks for the heads up! I just got sucked in your blog, great read, thank you!

Jake Aryeh Marcus said...

No prob. :) As long as I am responsible for the Mothering mag map, the info should be correct. Laws have been changing so frequently in the past few years (which is a good thing :) ) that it is hard to make a card for more than one state.

Glad you liked my blog. :) Stop by anytime.

jamaise said...

LOVE this. Amen, Hallelujah!!!!

Anonymous said...

Lovely! Thank you for such a sweet and important idea. I'm happily breastfeeding my One year old and will continue to do so, everywhere we go!

xTiger

Andrekabu said...

Just found your blog and I'm so inspired. It must be really life affirming to actively work on kindness so often.

thank you.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I sent this page to my daughter-in-law who is breastfeeding. A wonderful idea! Thank you!

Amy said...

These are great cards! Breast is best and the more we see women breastfeeding the more it will become the norm. Also it will help women learn how to do it - so many women have problems with it at first because you just don't see it!

Allison said...

cobbeI LOVE these cards! I just posted a link to them on the peaceful parenting facebook page, which can be found at http://www.facebook.com/peacefulparenting.

:)

Leigh said...

so awesome!!!

Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

I love these! Wish I had some on hand when I was breastfeeding. I've featured you today on my site today:
http://www.mydeliciousambiguity.com/2010/09/thank-you-for-nursing-in-public.html

Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button if you are interested. It's located under BUTTONS in my menu bar. Cheers!

Dagmar said...

This is a great idea, I also posted a post about these kinds of cards --

http://dagmarbleasdale.com/2009/09/thank-you-cards-for-breastfeeding-moms/

and I have given out several of these. I wish I saw more moms nurse in public :)

All the best,
Dagmar
Dagmar's momsense

Carrie said...

I'll be in touch, Jacky. :)

DouLaLa said...

I am a Doula based in LA and was sent to this site at the recommendation of a fellow Doula. I am so thankful to come across these little cards. I cannot wait to hand them out and high five (maybe mentally) the brave Mamma's out there who arent afraid to do what they were made to do!

x

blhtyson said...

Thank you for your post! I have linked to you in my own blog entries on World Breastfeeding Week. What a brilliant idea!

Hbdocumentary said...

I am linking you to my blog.. I am running a weeks worth of blog articles in honor of World Breastfeeding week! http://hbdocumentary.wordpress.com/

Honeybunnymommy said...

Just printed some off!  Thanks, great idea.  :)

Leah said...

LOVE IT!!! Just printed some. :0)

chaoticnatural said...

May I translate your cards and use them in my country?

jacqz said...

Whoa where does it say anything about what is best or judging those that choose not to breastfeed. It's about society's views on women and breasts in general. Nursing in public is a very big biggie - the way some people react you'd think the mothers were eating the babies. I'm guessing you've never tried it. Even covered up, you can be asked to leave restaurants as it upsets other guests, shopping malls, art centres, parks - everywhere will have someone pointing and tutting. A toilet is the normal place for mums to feed their babies if they are breastfeeding, bottle fed babies can be fed anywhere to the delight of others around them. Like you say, all choices are valid so therefore all women feeding their babies should be treated equally by society. Maybe too it's because of society's reaction to breastfeeding babies in public that some women choose to bottle feed (or express milk in order to feed when they are out and about). Choice should be about personal preference, not about taboos in society when it comes to feeding our babies.

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