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Old 06-16-2006, 03:46 PM   #11
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I would definately go with the card idea, that way you can give encouragement (which is always appreciated) without drawing extra attention to the nursing mom. That being said, I always love it when someone applauds me for NIP, makes me feel even more brave. When I see another mother NIP I smile and give a little for encouragement without extra attention.

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Old 06-16-2006, 04:10 PM   #12
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I would love it if someone approached me to say Yay for breastfeeding!!

But I do know what you mean about not being sure if you should say anything!! On one hand, I want to shout, "Yay!!" But on the other hand, I don't want to seem weird or scare people!!

I have a similar feeling when I see other mama's wearing their children in slings!! I guess then I don't feel as weird saying "Yay" for babywearing though, because it isn't as private as nursing... Not that I consider nursing too private for others to comment (approvingly), but I wouldn't want to affend a mama or family that did...
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Old 06-16-2006, 06:42 PM   #13
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Re: If you were NIP...

I usually just smile and say, "Good for you!" That way only the other mom knows really what I'm talking about. That way I'm not singling out NIP, just giving a word of encouragement.
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Old 06-16-2006, 06:51 PM   #14
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I always just smile, and try to look knowing, as in "I've done that a million times!!"

If the opportunity affords, I always say something like...Oh, how sweet! I remember those days of nursing in Walmart,
(or wherever!).

I literally nursed wherever i was...I never had any one ever say anything bad, and i also had an old granny woman comment on how sweet ...
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I thought new in package also.... is that a sign??

I would be cool with some props. Nursing rocks.. where ever you choose to do it!
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Old 06-16-2006, 08:27 PM   #16
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Re: If you were NIP...

Yanno, I always hoped someone would say something snippy to me, just so I could tell them off! Can you tell I'm a bit of a confrontationist? I've never had anyone say anything about my nursing, except for my cousin's husband who caught sight of me and turned and ran away.

I would rather have a "right on!" and maybe have that lead to conversation so that I could end up with more friends who breastfeed (or have babies at all.. only one of my friends do!) and understand the importance of it. But at the same time, struggling with my squirmy worm and trying to nurse discreetly isn't exactly when I feel up to conversation. The cards are nice, I think I'd keep it in my baby's book so she can see how much it meant to me to nurse her when she was a baby, and hopefully make the same decision herself.

I met a woman at Walmart wearing her son in a sling, and if she hadn't come up to me to chat about the sling (and cloth diapers, as it turned out!) we never would have become friends, so I'd say take the initiative and talk to a woman nursing and encourage her. Anything to make a nursing in public mom feel more empowered is good by me.
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Old 06-18-2006, 06:30 AM   #17
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I always want to say something, but somehow feel that I'd be a 'weirdo' for noticing and speaking up. I try to just smile, but then I probably look creepy! I'm just too self-conscious.
I have gotten a couple props from older ladies, though and it is like a rush! KWIM? I would love to give that same feeling to others.
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I smile at them. I'm usually wearing one and herding three, so they know I'm not a sicko try to "look".
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I'm one of those that would prefer that people not say anything to me. It's not supposed to be a big deal so I prefer that it be handled with nonchalance. I was also very private about it and uncomfortable NIP and avoided it most of the time. DS was a fussy nurser and would flail and move around so have the time I was simply exposing myself - and this was whether we were out or at home. He seems to equate eating with exercise.

One of the few times I wore him in a sling anywhere someone told me I shouldn't do that, that it was bad for my back. I told her, I didn't think I'd asked for her opinion and walked off. I mean seriously folks...BITE ME! If you don't have anything nice to say...shut the hell up!
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when I was nursing in public, I would have appreciated someone saying good job. I just felt so uncomfortable like someone was going to come up and yell at me. I started out by just doing it in public restrooms, standing there and holding Kaden. Very uncomfortable, but then I got over myself and didn't care anymore. Still would have been nice to here someone congratulate me so I didn't feel like I was embarassing some people.
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