101 Breast Places to Feed Your Baby in Portland: Pioneer Square. "My relationship with breastfeeding has dramatically changed since the beginning of motherhood. When I had my first daughter, I didn't feel as if I had been exposed much to other mothers breastfeeding in public. The first few months I nursed my daughter I always used a cover, and felt paranoid that others were judging me. As time went on the idea of breastfeeding became a natural part of my life, and I started to lose the fears I had associated with it. I realized somewhere in there that my problem with nursing in public was less about how comfortable I felt, and more about how I felt that people were perceiving me. Once I recognized that, it was easier for me to let go of my reservations, because it's not my responsibility to make everyone around me happy. My daughter refused to use the cover as she got older anyway, so I adjusted, and we went with the flow. Once my second was born, I had no problem nursing her wherever and whenever she needed it. Breastfeeding my second daughter has been a joy, free from stress regarding what others think.
I am lucky enough to live in a part of the country where breastfeeding in public is generally accepted. I have never had to put up with people being rude to me, aside from a few glares my way. I hope we can become more accepting of the many ways mothers and fathers need to feed and care for their babies. Whether it's nursing in public or bottle feeding or cloth diapering or using disposables, let's recognize that we're each doing what works for our own families and support each other in that." @halfpintdesigns #breastfeeding #breastfeedinginpublic #pioneersquare #portland #downtownportland #makingitwork #joy