NIP (Nursing in Public) Pic

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NIP (Nursing in Public) Pic

For our 11 year wedding anniversary, DH and I went to Glacier National Park in Montana. We rode the rickety old bus up a narrow, steep, and winding road to Logan Pass. Then we hiked up the "Hidden Lake Trail" half a mile. And Evie required nursing (probably her ears were bugging her). So, I nursed Evelyn.. at about 7,000 ft above sea level. DH took a pic to prove it. Smile

Where's someplace you've had to NIP that you never thought you'd be brave enough to?

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Great picture!

The last time I NIP was earlier this summer when my daredevil of a son decided he was done at a restaurant and managed to climb and fall head first into a wall faster than I could react. NIP made checking him over sooo much easier. Plus since he actually nursed and stopped crying, I knew he wasn't hurt enough requiring medical attention. Sure did freak out the manager though. lol

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Great pic!! I have a few like that from camping trips. Smile Its so nice to so easily bring along baby's food on hikes. Smile

I've NIP everywhere and I've never been made to feel awkward, thankfully. I think my first "Wow, I just managed that" moment was when DD was 5 weeks and I nursed her on a plane next to a complete stranger. At that point we were still getting used to nursing and it was one of the first times nursing without a Boppy. Since then we've nursed pretty much everywhere we go. T still asks all the time while we're out and I'm happy to oblige if I'm not too busy.

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Smile Its so nice to so easily bring along baby's food on hikes. Smile

DH said before we went up "We'll bring some waters and boobies.."

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"Nell4Him" wrote:

DH said before we went up "We'll bring some waters and boobies.."

LOL!

I'd say the zoo for me.

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I've always been a pretty fearless NIP-er...but I definitely gave pause for like two seconds when I was about to do it in church at my great-aunt's funeral. And then standing in line at the post office (super long line) for DD's passport. That was really early on, and milk was spraying everywhere, but I did it anyway. Smile And then, I have to say, there were one or two times where I ended up sitting down in a middle of the mall seating area while my husband was shopping (um, he can take FOREVER in an athletic shoe store!). You wouldn't think this would be that awkward, but there were always (for some reason) old, creepy men sitting right opposite me- and they would STARE- I suppose they didn't realize what I was doing, because it is THAT not obvious sometimes- but they also didn't expect me to nurse THERE, because the mall does have a nursing room.

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awesome pic!!

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I, honestly, was appalled by the clerk in the Motherhood Maternity at our "local" (1 hour away) mall. I was shopping for a nursing bra and she said "Oh, and if you ever need to nurse your baby, you are more than welcome to come use our dressing rooms." Uh.... I just replied "Oh, that's okay.. I have NO problem letting them loose in the food court." I think she was embarrassed by my reply. I have said it before.. my modesty in NIP is not for my sake, but for everyone else's.

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Ha ha ha! Have to admit I love your response. Wink

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Haha! I totally would have said something similar.

My local mall has a nursing room but its dank and annoying to get to. I learned how to nurse and walk in my ring sling without anyone knowing pretty quickly. There was a time though when DD was a VERY distracted nurser and so hiding in dressing rooms or in the car helped a lot. When I nursed her in the car after daycare, I wanted to yell "I'm hiding for her sake, not yours!" at passers by. Does that make me odd? Wink

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I'm a pretty modest NIP-er (like the new word Mara!) but I feel so liberated this time being able to nurse while we are out to eat. I've nursed a number of times now in restaurants but always with a cover. It's just how I'm comfortable doing it. With my first DD, I would nurse in the car so that is a big step for me. I really do want to get the hang of nursing while baby wearing. I've done it once at home but most of my shirts are not low cut enough to be pulled down and pulling a shirt up like that would be awkward in public. Plus, Nora's head control if just now getting to where we can do nursing in a carrier more easily.

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Kayla, what kind of carrier are you using? I found that it was easiest to use my ringsling and wear a nursing tank under a button down shirt during those months before Teagan had good head control. The top shirt kept the other boob nice and covered and all I needed was a small burp blanket to cover the top of the boob she was nursing from to keep anything from showing. I'd use the tail as a cover a lot too. I also wore a lot of stretchy T shirts. I just went to Kohl's and tried things on to make sure I could whip a boob out pretty easily. I must have looked pretty funny ....

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

. I just went to Kohl's and tried things on to make sure I could whip a boob out pretty easily. I must have looked pretty funny ....

I do this too!! I refuse to wear shirts that I can't lift up or pull down without baring both breasts.

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Kayla, I couldn't get nursing in a carrier down till DS was probably 4 months. It was a mei tai. Then suddenly I realized that if I could do it in a mei tai I could soooo do it easier in a ring sling. lol. Wrapping? Yeah, never happened! That'll be one of my winter projects I guess. Lol

And as much as I want to be frugal and just wear all of my old clothing, I'm definitely going to hit up Ross, TJ Maxx, clearance racks, etc and do like Erin and see how tops will work out with nursing. I never did that with Aiden which meant that I didn't NIP without a cover much. Cause let's face it, pulling up a fitted t-shirt is rather noticeable since half of my body was suddenly exposed. Blum 3