This is my first time posting. I'm a new member, so I apologize if this top has been brought up a million other times already.
I'm really excited that my baby boy (8 months old, born 8 weeks premature) took to breastfeeding. His older brother did not, no matter how hard I tried to make it work. I think I had a much better lactation consultant and support with this second baby.
Anyway, it's super hard for me to want to take my baby in public. For example, we love to experience Disneyland together as a family as often as possible, and even my baby enjoys it immensely! But I feel odd breastfeeding even at a place as diversely populated as Disneyland. I RARELY ever see another mother nursing in the park, unless it's at the baby care center, where they have a private area partitioned off for nursing moms. The thing is, the baby care center is over by the entrance of the park, and on busy days/nights, my baby doesn't want to wait for the hour-long shuffle to the other side of the park for his meal. So I discretely as possible, find a private-ish spot, and I keep as covered as possible, to nurse my little man.
Seems totally normal, right? Last week, though, we stopped by Goofy's playground, meant for small children under the age of 5. I thought that would be a safe spot. My husband even helped me stay covered up as I sat and nursed my baby on a bench, while my older child played.
Maybe it's because I'm a larger lady with large breasts that it creeps people out? I'm not as smooth as other moms when it comes to "whipping it out" and getting a good latch. But when I looked up to watch my older child play, I noticed one grandma just a few feet from me, glaring and shaking her head at me. I ignored her. Later, a couple came into the park, and the husband could NOT stop staring. It was so awkward! What the heck, people?! Did you all not breastfeed your children?!
Does anyone else feel ashamed while nursing in public? I REFUSE to nurse my baby in a bathroom stall... but it is getting harder as my baby gets older and he wants to pop off the nipple so he can see what is going on around him!
Reassurance I'm doing the right thing? Thank you so much!