For Breastfeeding Week

Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Necklace: Anthropologie - gift card (similar) | Shirt: Gap - gift card (similar) | Skirt: thrifted - $3 | Heels: Vince Camuto - $76 (similar) | Total = $79

Wore this to church a couple weeks ago but I've worn this outfit plllenty of times before that. Loose untucked shirt for easy access to the boob? CHECK. Loose skirt because summer sucks? CHECK. It's like once I became a mom, I've given up on anything form-fitting and that has zippers, which is like half of my closet. Pre-baby Elaine didn't know what was up. I should've warned her.

It was World Breastfeeding Week last week and I'd like to share an experience that confirms the importance of breastfeeding awareness..

I breastfed Grey (WITH A COVER) during church the same day I wore this outfit and got the ultimate stare-down from a high-up-there church leader. Even though I want to believe he was staring because he was proud of me for doing something so simple yet controversial in the house of the Lord, I'm pretty sure his stares were those of disapproval.

In most of the Mormon church buildings, there's a private room called the "Mother's Lounge," which is basically a closet with two gross chairs and maybe a counter for diaper-changing... and I hate it. I feel disconnected and isolated to have to go in a separate room to do something as simple as FEED my BABY.

#micdrop

For better posts about breastfeeding, you should read Lauren's of Brimleys Take Flight and Stacey's of Mrs. Sargent.


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25 comments :

  1. Good for you for feeding your baby where necessary!

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  2. Very cool.
    http://halielandry.blogspot.com/

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  3. I go in to the mothers room once in a while, but a lot of times i want to sit in on the lesson or talks. When i sit in the mothers room I feel like i'm disconnected also. When i'm breastfeeding using a cover sometimes i get looks of disapproval which used to bother me. This was until another mother commented to me while I was sitting on a bench in Walmart feeding and said good for you. You are going about your day and when your baby needs to eat you feed them. So good for you keep on breastfeeding!

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    1. thank you!! we mamas need to stick together. sometimes it seems like it's us vs. the world

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  4. That hashtag, though hahaha! And girl, you look really really great in this outfit. Wear it all the time, for real!

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  5. My cousin breast fed her baby at a restaurant. When she noticed people giving her funny looks (you could NOT see anything) she just said they need to calm down or she would ask them to go in another room to eat their dinner :)

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  6. Um punchintheface to anyone (especially old men) who judge a woman for feeding her baby anywhere she sees fit.

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    1. why is it always the old men... -_-

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  7. Maybe that guy and his wife will get called to a third-world country to serve a mission and he'll have the fun of seeing ladies breastfeeding EVERYWHERE all the live long day. MWAH HA HA HA!!

    Get with the program, America!

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  8. Laaaaaame. North America needs to get over its issues with the human body. Boooooobs. Scary stuff >.<

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  9. Ugh - frustrating.

    But I love your shoes in this outfit!

    http://zipstyleseattle.com

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  10. breastfeeding is doing wonders, btw. looking skinny as a twig! ;)
    www.thismomsgonnasnap.com

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  11. This is such a weird thing to say, but I love your face shape!! I feel like a photographer could go to town...
    Anyway, I don't know this blog enough to engage in vapid flattery but I couldn't resist commenting. Because I'm weirdly into your face.

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  12. So sorry you had that experience. I think I was fortunate in that both the wards we were in while my kids were small were very breast-feeding friendly. I never had to deal with that. I may have gotten one or two weird looks in a store while sitting on the ground to feed, up behind racks of clothing (because that was the only place available) but I probably just gave them the death stare, "I have nowhere else to go, buzz off" look. I've been shocked by some of the accounts that have been on the news and on the internet.

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  13. I was told by a dressing room attendant that I couldn't nurse my baby in the dressing room and that I should go in the bathroom. When I asked her if there was a chair in the bathroom, I was told that I could, "sit on the toilet". You better believe I absolutely did not sit on the toilet, and I did receive an apology letter from corporate.

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    1. Yeah............NO. Tell HER to sit on a toilet and eat her lunch next time. Good for you for letting corporate know.

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  14. Good for you for breastfeeding! You'd think the grouchy guy would be spending his time in sacrament meeting focusing on God rather than discouraging a new mom.

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  15. I used to boycott that room too! pioneer women covered and made dinner and laundry and probably pushed a plow. Own it and nurse where you are comfortable. ps stare right back.

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  16. I just got into a debate online over this because covered or not, it is your right to nurse when and where baby is hungry. The GUY (always a guy who starts) said it was disrespectful and selfish because I am putting my child first. I said, I always have and always will put the comfort of my child over my own and over others and when he has children (he has none) he would know this. And as far as respect, I said nursing in public was much more decent than the picture he posted a few days before where Sofia Vergara's breasts are used as machine guns. He stopped responding.

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  17. Haha, gosh Elaine. He was actually looking at the kid behind you... the one always picking his nose.
    Don't be so self-conscious ;)

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  18. He was probably trying to let you know without saying it that you're not supposed to breastfeed in the Chapel. In lieu of the mother's room (which were always WAY overcrowded in our as fertile-as-rabbits wards) the foyer is a great nursing spot...and you still get to chat with lots of people and have a soft seat!! Nurse away in Sunday School & RS - (unless they're in the Chapel!) =)

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  19. Thanks for linking to my post Elaine. I love reading about everyone's experience and it seems to be that we all think everyone is having an easier time than we are.

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  20. I'm Mormon/LDS too and always thought skirts and dresses needed to come to the knee to be modest. No offense, but in that pic your skirt looks a good 3-5 inches above the knee...

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