Carnival of Breastfeeding: Here? At the restaurant?

Welcome Carnival of Breastfeeding readers! This month’s carnival is about nursing in public. Please go check out the other posts in the carnival (links at the bottom of this post)!

I was a week and a half postpartum. My mom was staying with my husband and I, keeping me well fed and watered while I adjusted to life with a newborn. I’d had a quick, uneventful homebirth followed by a tumultuous first week including supplementation for “too much” weight loss, two blood clots, and a very fussy baby.

On this particular day, my mom and I had been up quite a bit the previous night and both of us were tired. She offered to treat us to dinner and suggested an upscale joint where we could get delicious gourmet hamburgers. I was in (Guacamole and salsa on a hamburger? Can life get any better?) and we were joined by my husband and dad.

We sat down, ordered our food, and were waiting for our salads when my newborn daughter, sleeping peacefully in the carseat next to me, began to awaken.

And fuss.

And demand to be fed.

I had prepared by wearing a nursing bra and nursing shirt and decided that if I hoped to be comfortable nursing her in public when she was older that I had better start now.

I cradled my daughter next to my breast, jiggling her to keep her calm while I prepared to feed her. I looked up to say something to my husband, felt something funny, and looked back down.

My hungry daughter had latched herself onto my breast through the shirt! The look of confusion on her face was priceless and I burst into laughter.

My family, when they realized what was happening, joined in, and the server arrived with our salads just in time for me to pull my daughter off my shirt, leaving behind a sticky circle of saliva. Shortly afterward, I was nursing my 10-day-old daughter in a booth at a restaurant attempting to eat with one hand.

I never thought I would be so bold.

Check out these other posts on nursing in public! All posts will be up by the end of the day on June 22, so keep checking to make sure you get to read them all!

16 comments »

  1. Whozat says:

    As with so many things, “the first one is the worst one!”

    I think I flashed an entire bar the first time I nursed Peeper in public – but we’re old pros now. :-)

  2. kim says:

    Hahaha, it’s so true! By a couple of months old, we were rockin’ the NIP everywhere we went!

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  4. Nicole says:

    haha! I can just imagine her reaction to having the shirt there! I enjoyed your first-timer story, and wish I could remember our first time. I think we were visiting someone…

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  6. Claire says:

    This made me laugh out loud – it’s so funny when they are small and latch onto anything, my son used to get confused and latch onto his hand, then cry when nothing came out :) P.S. not sure why but it looks like I already commented – did I do something weird?!

  7. kim says:

    nope, that other one is a trackback comment. happens when bloggers link to you :)

  8. Tammy says:

    I think the most interesting place I nursed in public was on the Safari ride at Animal Kingdom! I think I also did at It’s a Small World at Magic Kingdom :)

  9. kim says:

    Tammy, it’s awesome that you’ve nursed ON a ride 😀 I’ve nursed in La Senza and Canadian Tire :)

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  11. Christina says:

    I had the same experience–latching on over the shirt. Too funny!

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  13. Shotgun Mary says:

    Isn’t it amazing how a hungry baby can be an instant source of courage we never knew existed? Great post!

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  20. Olivia says:

    How cute and funny. My firt time in a restaurant was at about the same age as your daughter. It was bit awkward physically, but the staff gave us only smiles.

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  22. anj says:

    awesome. i love the through-the-shirt latch-ons!

    i want to know what restaurant you were at…that burger sounds delicious!

  23. This is one of the funniest stories yet!! I love it. Go boldly young mother!

  24. Jessica says:

    A precious story. Thanks for sharing it.

  25. The Poor Husband says:

    For a hilarious breast-feeding in public story, please check out
    http://lifewithrachael.blogspot.com/2009/08/i-used-to-hate-camping.html.
    It gives a great account of some of our experiences while my wife was breastfeeding our children.

    Hope you enjoy.

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