40 out of 50 states have not passed laws protecting a mother's right to breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private; where the mother is otherwise authorized to be; whether or not the mothers breast is covered during or incidental to the breastfeeding.
Now, at 8 months, with a whole new world to explore as she has learned to crawl, pull herself up and communicate in new ways, I find myself being needed more than ever, with a waking baby in the night who wants to nurse.
My boobs reached a "C" cup by the time I started high school. I feared they'd keep growing until they looked like my mom's, whose breasts hung almost to her belly button like old balloons with liquid areolas taking up the base. They floated on their own in water.
I nursed my son for two years and I hope to do the same with my daughter. I fully believe that "breast is best" (at least most of the time), and I will gladly talk your ear off about the benefits of nursing. But would you believe me if I told you that I hated nursing so much that I almost quit?
When my newborn daughter came home from the hospital, her weight dropped because she was not receiving enough milk from me. I felt utterly helpless because my body was not able to do the one thing I most needed it to do: supply nourishment for my newborn daughter.
Between minimal downtime, extra social engagements and close quarters with extended family, you may find yourself wondering when and how you're going to nurse or pump. With a few tips and tricks, you can make everything flow more smoothly.