Last week on Twitter, CrunchyMummy asked,
So here's a question for inquisition monday: How do you handle breastfeeding at church? I know a mother's room is available. Do you use it?
I've used the mother's lounge once. There was a time when Margaret was around 3 or 4 months old where she went on a strange nursing strike and would only nurse lying down. Since that's not very feasible in the pews or in Relief Society, I went to the mother's lounge to lie on the ground. There are a lot of new moms in our ward and not enough space in the lounge for everyone if everyone needed to be there, so I don't go. Also, Margaret is a very short nurser. As a newborn, she would only nurse for maybe 5 minutes on one side. It wasn't worth it to get up, walk to the other side of the building for a 2-5 minute nursing session. I always thought it was more distracting to get up and leave and than to just pop a baby on the breast.
Now that Margaret's 2, her nursing sessions are around 30 seconds to 2 minutes if she's not nursing for sickness or teething. Even for sleep, she'll be out between 2 and 10 minutes depending on the day.
As for the actual "how to" aspects of nursing, I've written in the past about using layers at church. However, right around 18 months, Margaret decided that layers were too much of a fuss and just wanted me to pull everything up and be right up against my belly skin or pull everything down. Obviously pulling everything down was easier, so that's what we do. I did attempt to use my tiny white top layer last week, but it just caused extra conflict. It's far less distracting to just nurse her than to fight her about layers. Besides, none of the other 2 year olds who snack at church have to eat with fabric right up against their noses.
Here's a video of how I latch her on with minimal nipple showing. In fact, I'm pretty sure the only time there's a slight chance of seeing actual nipple happens when she unlatches.
Haha! Check out my hat hair! I wore a hat to church, but took it off for the video so you could actually see my face.