Today was my first time nursing in public.. No it wasn’t at a bus stop or right in the middle of MidValley’s concourse, duhh.. but at a restaurant. I desperately need to feed Baby B as she was already crying in hunger.. No mommy’s milk in bottle prepared as I thought we would be able to come back home before her feeding time!
It was at The Gardens when Bella started to make her hungry face and becoming cranky.. I told my husband we need to find a secluded place in the mall to feed her. The only place I can think about is the breastfeeding room in Jusco’s restroom but it’s too far to walk (or probably just plain lazy! :D) No other public places support breastfeeding mommies!! So we decided to go ‘hide’ in Italiannies, The Gardens :D We asked for ‘private’ place, the usherer put us at one of the corner with a divider between seats.. Lucky me, that corner is empty.. and Bella is smiling again ;)
My point writing this blog is.. this community is not supportive of breastfeeding mommies!! Part of the reason we breastfeed is we don’t want the hassle of packing bottles, formula milk around (Of course main reason we breastfeed is because mommy’s milk is the BEST!!) Many hospitals encourage mommies to breastfeed but when they go out of their house, it is pretty difficult to find a place to nurse their babies.. Kuddos to Jusco because they are thoughtful enough to think about these ladies.. Even Mothercare doesn’t have a small space for breastfeeding which I believe is ridiculous because I’m sure most of their customer are parents with children.
The place to nurse my baby is not the only issue, my second problem was public’s acceptance for mommies who is nursing.. I had to ask my husband not to leave my side while I’m nursing.. Of course I was well-covered but having a baby sticking to my chest seems awkward to many people out there..
Isn’t it natural to breastfeed? Or am I to daring to do that.. I wonder..