Toddler Nursing Under Cover
Welcome to the July 2010 Carnival of Nursing in Public
This post was written for inclusion in the NursingFreedom.org Carnival of Nursing in Public. All week, July 5-9, we will be featuring articles and posts about nursing in public (“NIP”). See the bottom of this post for more information.
Why don’t I cover up while nursing my toddler in public?1
My main reason is currently about 3 feet tall, 31 lbs, and only climbs underneath a blanket for a game of hide & seek.
Allow me to demonstrate2:
It’s healthy for kids: Nursing toddlers have fewer illnesses and illnesses of shorter duration than their non-nursing peers.
It’s nature’s vaccine: Some of the immune factors in breastmilk actually increase in concentration during the second year.
It’s healthy for mamas: Breastfeeding beyond one year can significantly reduce a woman’s risk of certain cancers.
It’s normal: The median age of weaning throughout the world is between ages three and five years.
It’s natural: A toddler does not see a breast as sexual, nor should anyone who happens to view the nursing relationship.
It’s a child’s right: In all but 3 states, a woman’s right to nurse in public is protected by state law. There is also a federal law protecting nursing dyads.
Every time you nurse in public, you are inspiring others, demonstrating that breastfeeding is normal and natural, and helping make breastfeeding past infancy the norm.
So here’s my call to action: breastfeed proudly, regardless of your child’s age or where you happen to be sitting. Let’s work together to make breastfeeding in public (and breastfeeding past infancy) the norm!
Do you nurse your older child in public?
Welcome to the Carnival of Nursing in Public
Please join us all week, July 5-9, as we celebrate and support breastfeeding mothers. And visit NursingFreedom.org any time to connect with other breastfeeding supporters, learn more about your legal right to nurse in public, and read (and contribute!) articles about breastfeeding and N.I.P.
Do you support breastfeeding in public? Grab this badge for your blog or website to show your support and encourage others to educate themselves about the benefits of breastfeeding and the rights of breastfeeding mothers and children.
This post is just one of many being featured as part of the Carnival of Nursing in Public. Please visit our other writers each day of the Carnival. Click on the links below to see each day’s posts – new articles will be posted on the following days:
July 5 – Making Breastfeeding the Norm: Creating a Culture of Breastfeeding in a Hyper-Sexualized World
July 6 – Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers: the New, the Experienced, and the Mothers of More Than One Nursing Child
July 7 – Creating a Supportive Network: Your Stories and Celebrations of N.I.P.
July 8 – Breastfeeding: International and Religious Perspectives
July 9 – Your Legal Right to Nurse in Public, and How to Respond to Anyone Who Questions It
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