Where I live (small town in South America) it is normal to breastfeed in public without thinking much about it. It is also normal to breastfeed toddlers, and to do so in public.
I will be moving to the southern US (Louisiana) for a few months with my 14 mo daughter. I understand from coming across some things on the internet that nursing a toddler in public might not really be accepted culturally in the US.
Do you think people in Louisiana would consider me "rude" or "indecent" to nurse my daughter in public places like a bus, park, or grocery store? Or would it be ok?
I'm just going as a visiting researcher and don't want to offend any sensibilities, especially not my colleagues, but at the same time my daughter still nurses every hour or two when with me, certainly whenever she falls or gets fussy) and I was planning to have my husband bring her to the university to nurse at least once every day. It seems like it will be very inconvenient if we have to look for private places to nurse??? I don't think she'd nurse under a cover either, as we have never used one. I don't have special nursing clothes or much money but I guess I could invest in a nursing tank or something like that if it would solve the problem (although I can't wear the same shirt every day!).
I did notice at some international meetings that colleagues from the states really avert their eyes when you are nursing a baby, and look uncomfortable, so I imagine they might feel even more uncomfortable about a toddler.
I got a bit worried reading things on the internet. But then I think she's a pretty well-behaved nurser (not too much acrobatics anymore, thankfully!), and I have small breasts so there's not much skin to see. I am not used to worrying about exposing my breast so I think I do show quite a bit of nipple when I'm latching her on. and I still have a pretty active letdown with squirting if she pulls off at the wrong time!
Is this a stupid thing to be worrying about? I hope so!