Carnival of Nursing in Public – A Guest Post

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Welcome to the July 2010 Carnival of Nursing in Public This post was written for inclusion in the NursingFreedom.org. All week, July 5-9, we will be featuring articles and posts about nursing in public (“NIP”). See the bottom of this post for more information. ***
Amber is a labour and delivery nurse in the U.S. Navy. She has three little girls, all breastfed, and wrote the following. She does not have a blog and as such has asked me to host it for her during the Carnival of Nursing in Public. Please leave a comment and make her feel welcome.

During the chaos of today’s world and the fast paced, hurry-up-and-go life that we all seem to live in between work, feeding children, cleaning a house and spending time with a husband, I have one small moment of eternal bliss.

It begins when I look down and I see those chubby little cheeks and toothless grin that is shared only with me. As I begin to give my baby the life sustaining nourishment that my body has created just for her, I have a rush go through me, a small tingle I can feel through every fiber of my being and at that moment I feel I am the happiest I could ever be. It is a feeling of joy and a “high” that can be achieved no other way but this.

Then it comes, that quick pain when I feel engorgement that releases to my baby, and as she consumes the moment passes with relief. As a sit and watch her, I think of how miraculous it is that I have been able to nourish her growth. That her bright brown eyes that remain so alert, her shiny hair, her fat little legs, her baby “goos” and “gaas” are all because of me.

My daughter will grow up to be her own woman, and although she will never remember these moments with me, I will cherish them always. I will know that the gift I was able to give her at the start of her life is better than any other gift I could ever give, for so many reasons.

I can’t imagine a better way to show my children how much I love them.

Art by Erika Hastings at http://mudspice.wordpress.com/

Welcome to the Carnival of Nursing in Public

Please join us all week, July 5-9, as we celebrate and support breastfeeding mothers. And visit NursingFreedom.org any time to connect with other breastfeeding supporters, learn more about your legal right to nurse in public, and read (and contribute!) articles about breastfeeding and N.I.P.

Do you support breastfeeding in public? Grab this badge for your blog or website to show your support and encourage others to educate themselves about the benefits of breastfeeding and the rights of breastfeeding mothers and children.

This post is just one of many being featured as part of the Carnival of Nursing in Public. Please visit our other writers each day of the Carnival. Click on the links below to see each day’s posts – new articles will be posted on the following days:

July 5 – Making Breastfeeding the Norm: Creating a Culture of Breastfeeding in a Hyper-Sexualized World

July 6 – Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers: the New, the Experienced, and the Mothers of More Than One Nursing Child

July 7 – Creating a Supportive Network: Your Stories and Celebrations of N.I.P.

July 8 – Breastfeeding: International and Religious Perspectives

July 9 – Your Legal Right to Nurse in Public, and How to Respond to Anyone Who Questions It

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6 thoughts on “Carnival of Nursing in Public – A Guest Post

  1. Dusti

    That was beautiful, Amber. It truly is a blessing for baby and mother to be able to nurse. And those looks of love and trust that come from those big eyes that look back at you, are something that can never be described, yet can offer the heart so much joy. It truly is pity when other choose not to do this. They are missing out on one of motherhood’s most precious gifts.

  2. Lauren @ Hobo Mama

    That is absolutely lovely, and so true! Is that your baby in the picture? She’s adorable!
    Lauren @ Hobo Mama’s last blog post ..Wordless Wednesday- Nursing in public

  3. I love your description – it captures the absolute joy of nursing! Thank you for sharing.

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