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Friday, July 9, 2010

Nursing here, there, and everywhere!

Welcome to the July 2010 Carnival of Nursing in Public

This post was written for inclusion in the Carnival of Nursing in Public hosted by Dionna and Paige at NursingFreedom.org. All week, July 5-9, we will be featuring articles and posts about nursing in public ("NIP"). See the bottom of this post for more information.


Breastfeeding is a subject I feel strongly about, as long time readers likely know. I was out of town during the call for posts in this carnival, so I'm excited to get to host a guest post instead. Thanks to Jenny, for sharing her thoughts on nursing in public today!

My body has been nurturing my daughter since conception, (November 11, 2007) my breasts since she was born (August 11, 2008). Why would I want to stop giving her nourishment from my body just because she is no longer in my womb?

I celebrate the fact that my body is still taking care of hers. It certainly did not end on her day of birth. I feel like Sam I Am - I will nurse her in a car, I will nurse her in a tree, I will nurse her on a bus! Thankfully I have never had anyone call me out, perhaps because I (and those i surround myself with) am confident in the knowledge that I am giving her the best of me.

I will embrace the day all mamas feel confidant to nurse in public. After all, we feed our babies inside our womb, we certainly should not feel shame for nurturing them outside of our bodies!

Art by Erika Hastings at http://mudspice.wordpress.com/

Welcome to the Carnival of Nursing in Public

Please join us all week, July 5-9, as we celebrate and support breastfeeding mothers. And visit NursingFreedom.org any time to connect with other breastfeeding supporters, learn more about your legal right to nurse in public, and read (and contribute!) articles about breastfeeding and N.I.P.

Do you support breastfeeding in public? Grab this badge for your blog or website to show your support and encourage others to educate themselves about the benefits of breastfeeding and the rights of breastfeeding mothers and children.

This post is just one of many being featured as part of the Carnival of Nursing in Public. Please visit our other writers each day of the Carnival. Click on the links below to see each day’s posts - new articles will be posted on the following days:

July 5 - Making Breastfeeding the Norm: Creating a Culture of Breastfeeding in a Hyper-Sexualized World

July 6 – Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers: the New, the Experienced, and the Mothers of More Than One Nursing Child

July 7 – Creating a Supportive Network: Your Stories and Celebrations of N.I.P.

July 8 – Breastfeeding: International and Religious Perspectives

July 9 – Your Legal Right to Nurse in Public, and How to Respond to Anyone Who Questions It

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1 comment:

Dionna @ Code Name: Mama said...

Have you ever read PhD in Parenting's "Sam I Am" take on breastfeeding? So cute! http://www.phdinparenting.com/2009/06/15/would-you-could-you-breastfeed-in-public/