So now I'm wondering... how wide is the circle of people (family, friends, acquaintances) among whom I feel at ease while nursing my baby? In order for the food to even flow both tiny & mama have to be relaxed, not in a rush, etc. And what happens in my emotions when I look up to realize that someone in the room, regardless of age or gender, is staring in shock? Last time I felt fine nursing without a cover around extended fam & certain couples in Richmond (having had a convo first to make sure it's cool around their older kids). The thing that drives me nuts is that the whole topic is so hush-hush. It never occurred to me (until my mum mentioned it) that my brother was uncomfortable but wouldn't say anything to Nic or I. No wonder we never saw him those first 6 months! Around other people's kids, it seems to differ whether they've seen their own mom nurse or not. Some boys we know see women nursing & aren't phased; others are awkward & seem to have received no instruction on the difference between seeing vs. staring. Why? I do not know. Along with teaching Elijah bathroom etiquette (we have a closed-door, knock-first policy) & the difference between our house rules vs. other houses, I intend on helping him with breastfeeding etiquette with Nic's help.
This is a family issue, not just a woman's issue: we have the boobs, yes. But unless dads/husbands/brothers/fat