friends being uncomfortable

Laura - posted on 10/18/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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how do you react when your breastfeeding is obviously making others uncomfortable? i am normally discreet around people i know are a little squeamish, using a cover or in the case of a party, i normally have a girlfriend go with me into another room so i can comfortably nurse without a cover and have someone to talk to. has anyone been in a situation where someone was uncomfortable and said something? how did you react?

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Brittany - posted on 10/18/2010

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I always was a little shy of nursing in public and it hurt my supply a lot. I'm always afraid of offending people or of them saying something that might make me feel bad and scared that I couldn't come up with something smart and informative about why it's better breastfeed. I would nurse my daughter in bathrooms or if I was at someone's house I would bring a bottle of breastmilk or nurse her in another room. I DON'T recommend doing these things for anybody but I had to deal with some issues and learn that I can't please everyone and also do what I feel is right. We are all adults and we all have to handle our feelings of discomfort about various things. There's not much you can do other than to reinforce your reasons for breastfeeding with those people that are uncomfortable when the opportunity arises.
You seem a lot more comfortable around other people than I was/am and I think that's wonderful! I admire that a lot =)

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Fortunately I've never had this experience and I nursed just about anywhere that I could sit at least semi-comfortably for 2 years.

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