Rosebuds: Adventures in breastfeeding

By: Michelle Carl, Managing Editor
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Weeks after my son’s birth, I felt a lot of anxiety about breastfeeding in public. How did I overcome it? I just did it!

Take a very tender, private moment (feeding your baby) and put it out in the open and you’re bound to have a few interesting stories. The following are some of the places I’ve breastfed:

Dressing room at Destination Maternity: This was actually the first place I breastfed in “public” while stocking up on nursing tops.

On an airplane: Was sitting on the very last row of the plane, so didn’t have to worry about people behind me (that’s what happens when it’s your first time traveling with an infant and you don’t allot enough time to get through security). Thank goodness we brought the Boppy for a more comfortable flight!

Play area at The Fountains: A nice, shaded enclave. The been-there-done-that mommas chasing their toddlers around the play structure won’t bat an eyelash at you breastfeeding here.

In the car at a fruit stand: This locale was going well until an employee at the stand came and knocked on the car window to inform us to move because he needed to close the parking lot for the night. Gave me a good startle!

During the Shamu show at Sea World: The entire stadium was packed with people, presumably there to watch the black-and-white whale perform, but I couldn’t help but feel like they were all watching another show happening under the blanket tied around my neck (a different kind of “splash zone” for sure).

Rosebuds calendar

Cart the kiddies out to Denio’s Farmers Market this or next weekend to visit Santa’s Workshop. Little ones can get photos with Santa or visit Santa’s petting zoo from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Also, send us your child’s handwritten letter to Santa, which will be printed in the Dec. 21 edition of the Press Tribune. Santa reads the paper, so that’s how he’ll know what to bring little girls and boys this year. Just mail or drop off letters to 188 Cirby Way, Roseville, CA 95678 by Dec. 13.

Michelle Carl is the editor of the Roseville Press Tribune and Wesley's mom. Rosebuds, a column about parenting in Roseville, appears on Mondays.