Sunday, February 6, 2011

Scandalous?

First of all, I know I'm being irreverent by adding this post right now, but I just have too! I'm sitting in the mother's lounge at church feeding my sweet little Sophie baby and I'm thinking, "why do I have to be in here?" What is so wrong with a mother nursing her baby in sacrament? Maybe my feelings on public breastfeeding are a little liberal for our society, but I have no problem with it as long as the mother covers herself. I feel like I would be breaking the tradition of Mormon culture if I dared to nurse my baby in sacrament meeting! Scandalous! So instead I sit in a cold, stinky room feedng my darling and missing the most important part of the week, taking the sacrament. I have dared to nurse her in the foyer when the smell of poopy diapers rotting in a diaper pail all day has been too strong, and I could see the discomfort on the faces of those walking past me. Normally I could care less about people's "comfort" when I nurse my baby in public, but this is church so I guess I could care a little.

PS...(update) I finally did it! I nursed Sophie baby in sacrament a couple weeks ago and it was so liberating! The funny part is that Phillip, who was sitting right next to me, didn't even know for about five minutes. :0)

9 comments:

Tammy said...

I agree! My Grandma and Aunt were telling my stories of feeding their babies during church meetings and I wonder when it became taboo.

val said...

AGREED! the mother's lounge is very undesirable. for something that is so beautiful to also be so "taboo" is unfortunate. our culture as a whole has made the woman's body so sexual and that is the real tragedy.

T said...

I so agree! Nursing is natural and why should we be made to feel uncomfortable with it. I say go ahead and nurse in Sacrament meeting!

The McMullin Family said...

I agree! I think the reason why it has become so uncomfortable with nursing a baby in public is, because everything (sadly) has become sexual and people sadly get the wrong thoughts into their heads. On the other hand: why should a mother not be able to nurse in public if you see all those celebraties barely covering that part of their body anyways. I would say: Go for it, Mama!

Cheri said...

I've nursed in sacrament, in Relief Society, on a plane next to a male stranger. I didn't throw a blanket up over my shoulder or use one of those nifty cover up things. I just cradled my baby in a blanket and tucked it in a way that you couldn't see my side showing where my shirt was lifted up. That way I really didn't attract attention. I DID draw the line though if my baby would start doing that really loud gulping-I-can-barely-keep-up-with-all-this-warm-flowing-milk things. That's just way too distracting.

So anyway - go for it! Especially if you are sitting on a bench with your family. I doubt anyone would even know!

wjmom said...

I've nursed in Sacrament meeting. There was no mother's lounge in our building, so we took a back corner pew. It wasn't a problem till our two-year-old lifted her dress to her armpits to "feed" her teddy bear--JUST LIKE MAMA! :)

I agree, it should not be taboo.

Dan and Melissa said...

You need to move here: it's so cool...ladies nurse all the time in sacrament and nobody care.
Also... we would love for you to live closer.

Rebekah said...

Good for you! I am sooo not a pro at nursing in public. I swear it takes me forever to get the bra pulled down right and shirt pulled up while also putting baby in and covering up with a blanket so anyway, if you can do it I say go for it and I am glad you did!

Shelley Colton said...

Hi, I'm a friend of a friend of yours.... I totally agree. And I have nursed my baby in Sacrament meeting. Many times. And I think it's totally cool. And I think the people who seem uncomfortable need an education.