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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    Just curious- what will you do if you find yourself in the situation I was in today. I ran out of nappies so grabbed the baby and nipped to the chemist 2 doors down. They were out of her size, so i went to the supermarket- also out of her size. So i go to the supermarket in the next suburb (baring in mind that i thought i'd be less than 10 minutes so had brought nothing with me- it ended up being an hour round trip). Walk into the shops and the baby suddenly wakes, screaming bloody murder to be fed. There are no parent's rooms. I'm halfway between the supermarket and the exit. I can go get the nappies with a screaming babe then head back home to feed her (i don't drive, but if you'd driven then back to the car) that's at least 10 minutes of piercing screaming, and everyone's looking at me. Or i could plonk myself down on the nearest bench in a 'high traffic area' (no other option at this shopping centre), lift my t-shirt and undo my bra, where the babe is covering nearly all exposed skin, and feed my child, get the nappies and we all go home happily. I chose the second option, what would you do?

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    I would even consider doing anything other than feed her than and there but I kinda known at my local Cole's for feeding and pushing a trolley full of groceries.
    I was at the roller skating rink with my 5 kids (including my teenage son) and 2 mothers from our school and their kids (yes including more teenage boys) I had worn my new size 14 shirt (i was so excited about the size I didn't about breastfeeding) that I had to button down exposing my whole breast to feed. Well of course he needed to fed. My choices was to stay there in the stands and watch the other 4 kids and feed where everyone got eye level view or head off to the empty cafe where i couldn't see my kids.
    I choose to stay where I was and feed. My friends teenage son came over to ask me a question. Not once did he bat a eyelid. He asked question and went off like it was just a nothing thing because it is just that a not a big deal.

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    Lol toon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jade24 View Post
    I had to breastfeed 6 month old DS on a train today and thanks to all the events of late, and many comments in this thread, I spent the whole feed worried that the woman next to me was grossed out by me feeding or if the other passengers thought I wa disgusting for feeding my son in public. It was a one hour train ride, I had no choice but to feed him there and then, but I've never felt so self conscious and anxious and stressed out whilst feeding

    To be honest I'm counting down the days until DS weans now, such a horrible feeling but I hate the thought of people thinking I'm feeding in public just to flash a bit of skin to whoever is watching or to make a point.
    Oh no. Please don't let all of this detract from your feeding relationship with your baby. If I was in that train carriage I would have been inwardly doing this - because ....well just because it is all good. Try not to let all of the negative comments play on your mind.

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    No offence but you don't know me so you can't say how I may or may not be. I on the other hand know myself very well and yes, I haven't breast fed as yet but I can tell you that I stand by how I said I would be like. I will always be aware of my surroundings and I will always cover up because that's just how I am and how I was raised. If you don't want to cover up then don't, I really don't care! But don't tell me that I won't because I know that I will.
    Just for the record, I was not raised in a *get your girls out* environment. And just so that you are not setting yourself up for a fall, please remember that amongst all of the *indiscrete* rhetoric, if you do end up feeding without a cover, it is not an indictment of your personal pride, or dignity or even your upbringing. It is just feeding your baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Someones Mummy View Post
    So anyone who doesn't cover up wasn't raised to be modest? Do you think women love having a baby attached to their boob for all the world to see? You do it because you have to and covering up or feeding your baby in the loo isn't practical. When you do actually bf you will realise how difficult it can be, until then no you don't know how you'll be because you don't know how demanding your baby will be.
    I never said if you don't cover up you weren't raised to be modest. You said that.

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    I don't understand how women who choose to cover get crucified by the women who choose not to. I will make the choice to cover up so please respect that just as I am respecting those who choose not to cover up. We all do things differently. Why is it so hard to respect each others choices??

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    Quote Originally Posted by FirstTimeMummy2012 View Post
    I don't understand how women who choose to cover get crucified by the women who choose not to. I will make the choice to cover up so please respect that just as I am respecting those who choose not to cover up. We all do things differently. Why is it so hard to respect each others choices??
    Women don't CHOOSE to not cover up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FirstTimeMummy2012 View Post
    I don't understand how women who choose to cover get crucified by the women who choose not to. I will make the choice to cover up so please respect that just as I am respecting those who choose not to cover up. We all do things differently. Why is it so hard to respect each others choices??
    I assume this one was for me. I do not disrespect your choice to cover up. I am merely asking you to not be hard on yourself if it doesn't go the way you hope it will.

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    You need to understand what breastfeeding will demand of you. You will not always get the choice to cover up, you will not always be in a place where you can bf comfortably, you might struggle to keep covered at all times. It's just not practical to always be discreet.
    You might have to feed an hour at a time, where will you do that when you're out? If you're out with your dh what will he do in that time? What will you do when your baby is screaming of hunger, there is nowhere to go and you have nothing with you? How will you even get your breast out and baby latched all the while holding a cover over you?
    And what do you think women do when they have more than 1 child to tend to and have to bf a baby?

    Do you see what I mean? It has nothing to do with how you were brought up, it has nothing to do with modesty, or with respecting choices. Women do what they have to do and until you are in the situtation you will find it's not that simple

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    Quote Originally Posted by FirstTimeMummy2012 View Post
    I don't understand how women who choose to cover get crucified by the women who choose not to. I will make the choice to cover up so please respect that just as I am respecting those who choose not to cover up. We all do things differently. Why is it so hard to respect each others choices??
    I totally respect that. I get frustrated when people say mothers "shouldn't" cover up. I don't think a mother "should" do anything she isn't comfortable with.

    I used a cover with katelyn most of the time as a little baby because she was difficult to attach. And it was more the method, than the boob itself I was self conscious about. I really needed to mash her and my boob together, and a tiny baby vs my bust felt really self conscious about it. Now I pop her on no drama unless she decides to look around. But she's 10 months and a big strong wilful curious little girl, there is no way, no how, not possible, for me to feed with a cover over her. I'd probably expose way more boob fighting with her than just feeding her.

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    Default Re: Nurse in at Sunrise- sydney

    A different view here...before I had my first baby, I thought I'd be able to bf just by opening a little flap on my shirt and baby would feed easily. When that never happened, I tried to express and take ebm when I went out because I couldn't figure out how to do this bf gig without pillows and my special chair and two hands holding baby and boob. I got over the ebm thing as i couldn't juggle a thermos to heat the thing and the baby!

    As my boobs and bub got bigger, I got better at feeding but no good at this "discreet" business. I struggled with the cover up thing but used it as an excuse to buys some nice wraps and scarves! By the time I had #2, I finally learnt that this discrete thing was more about my shyness than what others thought. I wanted to high 5 women I saw bfing and I'm so.jealous of those who can feed in a sling while walking around!!

    Ultimately, I learned that you really don't know what you'll do until you're in that situation. I don't care if women cover up. I only care that they do it for themselves and not because that's what they think they should do.

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