Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Magical Milk Pic-o-the-Week




"A woman nurses her toddler in a public bathroom out of the eyes of her community. While a woman in the next stall flushes the toilet with her foot to avoid touching any part of the space with her hands."



(photo by Rachel Valley)

8 comments:

Erin said...

Hi Christine... I'm a long-time lurker and really enjoy your blog! I had to comment on this photo because I have done this so many times myself. Once while I sat on a closed toilet, breastfeeding, someone pushed their way into the stall from the outside due to a defective lock and literally screamed when she saw what I was doing. Hilarious... I think if I'd been using the toilet for what it was created for she'd have been less traumatized!

Erin said...

Also, I just have to add... usually I breastfeed in public, but sometimes, when you want to be a breast-feeding AND dress-wearing mama, you have to go somewhere a bit more private! :)

marythemom said...

With my first baby, I remember being miserable sitting in a stall in McDonalds nursing my baby. Luckily I made a friend who was very open about nursing her baby. She helped me bring up my comfort level so much that I could breastfeed my baby while pushing my cart shopping at Wal-Mart!

Mary in TX

(It helped to find sewing patterns for nursing clothes so I could wear dresses if I wanted, but I usually just pulled up my t-shirt).

Tenntrace said...

This is such a sad picture. I did not nurse (medical issues), but, gee.... I can't imagine the restroom having to be a choice.

robyncalgary said...

when my 4month old daughter was first born i hid away to nurse, the worst being a disgusting thrift store bathroom and i remember sitting on the floor near the toilet looking around thinking WHY am i doing this to myself and my baby.

i want to thank you christine for boosting my confidence and now i nurse proudly and freely in public without shame or embarassment.

the cutest thing is when young children wander over and peek at the baby like hey whats going on over here?

Mandy said...

I hid with my first like that... not as much with my second.. never with my third. I looked for people to freak out on purpose with him I think.. ;) (yes.. he is 18 months.. and yes he can ask to nurse.. and yes I happily oblige.. TAKE THAT AMERICA!)

Locketts said...

Definitely did my share of potty nursing. I remember once, at a college football game (schools seem to be the worst places to have a baby - no nursing spots or changing tables) it was about 400 degrees and I found a box full of toilet paper to sit on just outside the stalls - hoping to catch a little breeze. I was sweaty and miserable, my 7-month-old was sweaty and miserable, but we made it work. I cannot tell you how many sideways glances and whispers I got. Seriously? We're all women. Get over it!

Also a tip to new nursing mommies: dressing rooms are WAY cleaner and more comfy to nurse in than public dressing rooms. You can even take a few articles of clothes in as a ruse if you must.

Catherine Anne said...

With my first I remember doing this. It was gross as well. But for me at that time (it worked). Oh dressing rooms were my friend as well. As time passed I knew what I was doing was natural and people that didnt like it could get over it. SO I feed my baby anywhere. HA I can still see the waiters face as I orderd our food with a baby attached to me~