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    Default Alternatives to nursing in public

    I really don't feel comfortable nursing my 16month old in public anymore.The thing is she doesn't drink cow milk/juice.And also doesn't like suppy cups.But when we are outside she keeps pulling my shirt and shouting mlk mlk till I feeed her.She doesn't even give me time to find place or do anything.Since summer is coming up I will be going out with my 5 year old.I would really like to limit nursing in public.So I'm wondering what other alternatives I have.

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    Mangai

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    Default Re: Alternatives to nursing in public

    Can you try to nurse her right before you leave or right when you get where you're going? Maybe if you can head her off, she won't want to nurse while you're doing whatever activity?

    Have you tried different types of cups? Cups with straws? Open lid cups (regular cups)? maybe put water in there?
    Tracie

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    Default Re: Alternatives to nursing in public

    I nurse before we leave. I also do it in the car.

    Christine
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    Default Re: Alternatives to nursing in public

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*yoginimama View Post
    I nurse before we leave. I also do it in the car.
    same here
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    Default Re: Alternatives to nursing in public

    I NIP, personally.
    I don't really have much to add that the others haven't said already, but I just wanted to throw out my opinion, don't worry about nursing her because of what other people think if that is the reason. Too often mothers are pushed to "closet nursing" because of public pressures...and it is so unfair on us. If I saw a Mama nursing her toddler lovingly, anywhere, I would tell her she is awesome for nurturing her LO!
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    Default Re: Alternatives to nursing in public

    The womanly art gives suggestions like talking to your little one about rules and gently setting boundaries but I'm not there yet.
    July 30, 2010-6lbs 2oz- 41w 4d (emergency c-section.) Known dairy, eggs, dogs and cats allergies, eczema, and asthma
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    Default Re: Alternatives to nursing in public

    or have some books or toys she likes. I still nurse in public many places but if it's a place we're not going to I let her know and tell her we'll get nummies at home.
    Nursed my sweet daughter 3 years, 3 mos.

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    Default Re: Alternatives to nursing in public

    my LO (16 mos) doesn't really respond well to "nursing rules" quite yet I get not feeling comfortable but I still gotta do what my kid wants right now -- so if it's easy, i jump in the car or in a spare room/bathroom/bedroom - if not, i just turn my back and hope he doesn't resist the blankie/cover.... if he does resist... ah well. i tried.
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    Default Re: Alternatives to nursing in public

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*jbean1979 View Post
    my LO (16 mos) doesn't really respond well to "nursing rules" quite yet I get not feeling comfortable but I still gotta do what my kid wants right now -- so if it's easy, i jump in the car or in a spare room/bathroom/bedroom - if not, i just turn my back and hope he doesn't resist the blankie/cover.... if he does resist... ah well. i tried.


    Nursing manners didn't really take around here until she was 18 or 20 months.
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    Default Re: Alternatives to nursing in public

    It is important to make sure that your LO is getting enough fluids when it is hot out though. I don't NIP much anymore (DD is 19 months and is fine with water in a sippy) but I am more than happy to do it when necessary.

    I with the pp that said to try lots of different types of cup and be open to adult sport bottles (maybe even open cups) with water. Take them even if you don't think she will take is as she might when she is really hot and thirsty.
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