Thursday, May 03, 2012

Nursing in church...

I'll admit, I don't get the "big deal" about nursing in church.  I have always figured it is far more disruptive to traipse from our* front-row pew with angry baby than to sit and nurse.  My general get-up is camisole under my shirt, pulled down, with my shirt pulled up.  If somebody behind me stands up then they might see baby's nose and my shirt....but they should be looking ahead or have eyes closed in prayer. With a really tiny baby I might employ a blanket or sling. Here's what you're going to see:

*We have, as traditional Lutherans, staked out our own pew.  We have a whole box of tissues for the many little noses, and our Children's Hymnal. Contrary to tradition it happens to be in the front row. In the interest of full disclosure, our pastor has been asked (by an innocent third party, not myself) if there have been problems with immodest nursing...not in his experience.

"These cheeks aren't going to grow themselves!"

Last weekend we happened to have Adriane visiting our congregation; I was tempted to ask her to critique my technique but decided that probably wasn't "putting the best construction on everything".  :)


fullfreezer said...

When my children were young I used to discreetly nurse in church (or pretty much anywhere, for that matter). As you said, I'm sure most people are much happier with discreet nursing than with a screaming baby. I was a fan of a light blanket draped over my shoulder in church- merely because there were a bunch of elderly couples that usually sat near us. Other places, I used much the same method as you.
Good for you for giving the best to your darling boy.

Amanda said...

Even if you did sit further back, who would see anything unless they turned around to watch? I don't get it, either.

It's not like the one couple whom I could no longer sit behind because they couldn't keep their hands off each other.

Adriane said...

Angela – what a cute little guy you have! You’re to be commended for making sure he’s in church each Sunday, receiving the good stuff our Lord has to give.