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I Have to Nurse Where?!

June 21, 2015

 nursing in the bathroom

This past week, we took our kids to an outdoor amusement park. We knew we’d be there ALL day, and that it would be HOT. So, we came prepared with lots of water, sunblock, light clothing, and a shaded stroller. Luckily, the day didn’t end up being as hot as I thought it would, thanks to plenty of shade and a light breeze.

Whenever I am away from home, I make sure I pack my diaper bag with the following:

– Diapers (at least 5)

– Wipes

– An extra outfit

– Nursing cover

– Burp cloth

– Blanket (in this case, a light Aiden and Anais blanket)

These are the necessities. Other destinations may include different items, and the older she gets the more items I will be adding.

After we sun-screened all of the kids, including the baby, we were ready to go on the fun rides! But, alas, my baby started fussing, as I realized it was time for her to nurse. Grabbing my nursing over, I found a perfect spot in the shade with a high-backed chair to nurse. I placed it on and got ready to feed her. Except, she wouldn’t nurse. She was crying and wouldn’t latch. She had never done that before, but I knew that she just wouldn’t nurse with the nursing cover on. So, I told my husband I had to go find a bathroom to feed her (as I had no idea where else to go).

I ended up nursing her in a bathroom stall in the nearest restroom. I had to stand up the entire time I was nursing her. And, all I could think of was that I wished the bathroom had at least one stall that had a fold-down chair for nursing moms. My feet ached. My back hurt. It was stinky. It was uncomfortable, and well, gross.

Although the day was fun, I had to go back in that same bathroom 3 more times to nurse my baby. While standing there feeding her, I realized that if my baby was over the nursing cover, I would find myself in a similar situation soon. So, I have been practicing nursing with a nursing cover on and thinking about places we can go that have family-friendly bathrooms and/or nursing stations (though, I unfortunately can’t think of any at the moment)!

Where is the worst place you’ve had to feed your baby?


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Lacey Pappas

Mother of 2 silly boys and a new baby girl. Happily married. Love to laugh, inspire others, take pretty photos, and curl up with a good book.

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2 thoughts on “I Have to Nurse Where?!

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Lacey Pappas

Me too, Angela! There are so many families that go there that it would be extra helpful for everyone!

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Angela Silva

Oh I’m so sorry you had to go through that, it makes me understand the whole movement toward just nursing whenever, wherever, cover or not! But I’m not quite comfortable, myself, doing that. I hope they make that park more nursing-friendly!