Thanks to the Canadian Lactivist for her post on Anytime, Anywhere, I thought I’d try to come up with a list of the many, many places I have nursed my children. Always without any kind of cover-up. Thankfully, I have never been discriminated against in any way, although I unfortunately know women who have been. U.S. laws pertaining to breastfeeding discrimination need to be made stronger in the U.S. We need to have laws that clearly spell out punishments for those that discriminate against breastfeeding mothers.
In honor of my nurslings right to receive both food and comfort anywhere and anytime they need it, here is a list of just some of the places I have nursed my two children:
- on the floor at Barnes and Noble, with my two week old son nursing in my lap.
- at the grocery store – on one of those hard benches by the cash registers.
- grocery store – in a sling as I walked and did my shopping.
- in any number of places in Central Park, NYC
- at my local suburban playground
- in a church
- at the library
- in the mall – on one of those public benches right in the middle of things.
- in the mall – food court
- At the Bronx Zoo – food court and Bengali Express Monorail
- On the subway and subway station, NYC
- At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, and the Museum of Natural History, NYC
- At tons of La Leche League meetings
- Attachment Parenting meetings
- In the pediatrician’s waiting room and exam room
- At my own doctor’s appointments
- Lot’s of restaurants – TGI Friday’s, Cheesecake Factory, Chinese Buffet, and even some “nicer” restaurants.
- At many many beaches, with bikini pulled aside, in the U.S. and a few in Costa Rica
- In the jungle, Costa Rica, with howler monkeys in attendance
- On my couch
- In bed, almost every night (except for maybe a 3 month period after M self-night-weaned while I was pregnant with J) for the last 6.5 years.
(I think I’ll have to edit this post as I think of other places that I’ve nursing my children. I’m sure there are many more places to add to the list.)