I started a Twitter hashtag: #nipluv. It’s all about giving some love to our nursing in public (nip) posse. What it’s about:
Sometimes I have the clearly erroneous sense that I am the only person on the planet who breastfeeds my baby. Do you ever feel like this? When Naomi and I are out and about I rarely ever see women nursing their babes. I know from my weekly Mom & Babe group and news reports about Pink that this is not the case, but if it wasn’t for these regular reminders I might be inclined to think that everyone else had somehow figured out how to nurse their littles ones invisibly.
Wouldn’t it be great if we were physically surrounded and supported by nursing women every time we sat down and pulled out our Hooter Hiders? If we were sitting beside our moms, sisters, aunts, friends and family who support us in our efforts? I try to will myself not to feel self conscious, but even after 6 months (holy crap, Naomi is 6 months old) at times I still have to give myself a little pep talk when I’m out in public and Naomi needs some food (you go ahead and DO this, Shauna! You FEED your baby, HUZZAH).
I think I would feel less self conscious if I could tap into that supportive group of women I know is out there each and every time I needed to nurse my daughter in public. If I knew that even though I wasn’t physically sitting with a group of my peers and I couldn’t see them directly, that they were RIGHT there nursing at the same time I was. How cool would it be to connect with women from California to North Carolina, British Columbia to Nova Scotia, from Germany and France to New Zealand and Thailand all nursing at the exact same time?
#nipluv (n.i.p.= nursing in public):
If you’re nursing in public and you want to feel supported by other nursing mamas tweet away!
include the #nipluv hashtag
share your city (I used my city airport code)
share your country (because it would be cool to see #nipluv shared from a whole bunch of countries)
share what you’re up to
share a photo if you want