Ever wonder where all the breastfeeders are?
Yesterday, as promised to my 8-year-old stepdaughter, we went to Como Town, a little children's amusement park attached to a zoo here in St. Paul. I hadn't been there since I was a child. It was what I remembered- rides geared to the two through ten crowd (although a lot more expensive than when I was that age!). What I didn't notice as a child where the amount of strollers. Strollers, strollers everywhere, as far as the eye could see. Single strollers, double strollers, triple strollers. Lots and lots of babies.
So where were the breastfeeders? During our entire 3 hours, the only woman nursing in public that I saw was me. I know there was no lactation room in the amusement park- indeed, the only bathroom was a dirty little affair by the entrance. There was one dirty little family restroom- is that where they were?
Did they walk down to the nicer bathrooms in the visitor center? Were they hiding in corners? Maybe the deserted little dolphin area? Going to their cars? I didn't even see any women with the huge nursing covers. Were the babies starving?
I know that many women are afraid to nurse in public- I've been there myself. But in a place where there are so many babies and mothers, shouldn't we feel comfortable to let it all hang out? Come on, mamas- the more we nurse in public, the more normal it seems to everyone around us. Don't be afraid to let those hooters out! And please, no starving babies!