This post is part of the weekly breastfeeding blog hop, hosted by The Slacker Mom, and co-hosted by The Gnome’s Mom and Happiness Redefined. This week we are discussing if we would ask permission to nurse in public.
Would I ask permission to nurse in public? My short answer is no.
No, I would not ask permission to nurse in a restaurant. In a park. In the store.
No, I would not ask permission to nurse in church, at a family gathering, or funeral (though I may be more aware of others and would probably find a quiet place to nurse.)
No, I would not ask permission to nurse.
Permission implies that the action is not vital. That it can be postponed or delayed. A baby cannot wait for later, and neither can mom without affecting her supply, especially in the first few months. While I may choose to be as inconspicuous as possible, I will not bring more attention to the situation by asking for permission.
I am interested, however, to see what happens the first time that Lily needs to nurse during a church service.
Would you ask permission to nurse in public? Why or why not?