Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Nursing in Public {Blooper Edition}

01 March 2012

Nursing in Public {Blooper Edition}

When I saw what this week's breastfeeding topic was, Nursing in Public {Blooper Edition}, I confess I can't remember any bloopers.  I wrote previously that I often nursed her in the bathroom and would ONLY nurse her with a cover.  Every.single.time she wanted breastfed at church, I would go into the hallway, even though I had a cover.  I did these things because I was so used to the culture saying breasts are sexual; they don't see the OTHER function and at this point in my life, that's where I'm at-they are used to feed and nourish my daughter..  I then reached a point where Charis was too busy trying to throw off my cover, I no longer used it.  

I do remember a few times, I was so engorged I was leaking everywhere.  On my first night home from the hospital, my mum stayed with us.  Charis had not slept at all that night; my mum made toast and tea, I was crying, and leaking everywhere, which caused me to cry even more {and yes, I did have had breast pads on}.  In May 2011, I went to visit my family in Pennsylvania and my MIL had her siblings and their children come to her house so they could see Charis.  I started leaking there-only this time, I wasn't wearing pads, so I went into the bathroom and stuffed Kleenex down into my bra and prayed that it would not be noticeable. 


  1. I always leaked terribly the first few weeks after my kids were born. I learned to wear tops that had a pattern or print, the leaks did not show up as much on those!

    1. That's a GREAT idea about wearing a shirt with a pattern or print. I'll have to remember that the next time I'm leaking EVERYWHERE.

  2. Dakotapam, that's a great idea. I will have to keep that in mind this time around.

    I never leaked ....not one time, which made me sad, I felt like I wasn't producing enough. I'm pregnant again, and the doctor told me that because I'm still breastfeeding, to not be surprised if I start leaking around 28 weeks, which sadly, I was excited about. Hoping it means I produce tons of milk and can pump and actually get something this time around! Then I am sure I will have a leak story to share!

    The hormones are awful right after having the baby! I would cry because my daughter was beautiful! I can imagine that with the no sleeping, and hormones and then leaking, that had to be a bit much to handle! Glad you made it through it.

  3. Leaking is never a pleasant thing. When I was pregnant with my daughter I was still breastfeeding my son. I had horrible vomiting and sometimes I'd be leaning over the toilet and the pressure would cause me to start leaking. Then I'd start crying because I was so disheartened that all this was happening and then I would cry because I was so happy to be in such a situation. Oh those hormones. They make everything crazy.

    As far as nursing in public, I just always needed a quiet place for me to focus. I was fine with strangers see me flash them but for some reason having a brother in law or nephew see me just mortified me so I always sought a quiet place. Everyone has their comfort zone to deal with.

  4. I rarely leaked so i rarely had nursing pads and I remember one night going to work and sitting in the shared computer room and looking down at two huge growing circles on my chest while I was talking to my boss. Of course it was at the beginning of my shift too. It was one of those moments where I just wanted to hide ;)