It is normal in the US because breastfeeding is still seen as something private you do at home in most places, and it is really not the norm to nurse your child out in public in most areas either. When I nursed in public the first time I was nervous, but I never felt any shame because it is my right to feed my child; if she gets hungry in the store and absolutely has to nurse, then we find a quiet place to sit down and we nurse, and if people have an issue with it they can simply not look. But that's just me ;) I have a bit of a steamroller attitude about some things, NIP being one of them. If you aren't comfortable nursing in public, it's okay, try to find a more private place to do it, or use a cover, or make sure you go places when the baby is less likely to get hungry, or you can pump a bottle of breastmilk, or... lol. There are lots of things you can do if you're just not comfortable with NIP.
at 1:22 PM on Apr. 22, 2010