Wednesday 26 June 2013

Boob juice #kbbf #bf2013

My daughter was christened on Saturday. It was a really truly, lovely day. My old school friend who blogs at the 'wardrobe of words'  was godmother, along with my sister-in-law.  My husband's pal was godfather.    After the service we went to the local village hall for my stressfully produced buffet (thank heavens for the female rellies that mucked in too). 

Now, at my son's christening I had been very thankful that he had not demanded a feed.  I remember being worried about having to feed in front of everybody, my nearest and dearest.  Feeding in front of strangers is one thing, but in front of your closest friends and family I think it is a little harder.  This time was a different matter.  For one thing, my daughter was a little younger, which I think made me more comfortable in terms of other people's expectations of our feeding habits.  But also, I also am far more relaxed anyway.  So, when girly started to get fraxious, tired and hungry (she tried to latch on to my face) I just grabbed my shawl and snuggled her up.

At my table was my uncle.  Lets call him 'Uncle Sy' (anyone related to me should now know who I'm talking about).  Uncle Sy looked at me feeding and said
'So, you still got the juice then?'  Now, me and Uncle Sy have a fairly friendly relationship.  We don't see much of each other since he lives over 100 miles away, but we have always had a natural friendship.  You know, he's just one of those people who is easy to get on with, a nice guy.  It helps that we're not dissimilar in age, him being married to my Dad's youngest sister.  Nonetheless, this question seemed a bit...forward.  I thought I must have misheard him.
'Sorry?'  I said.
'Have you still got the juice?'
'Um....'  I felt a bit uncomfortable.  I may be fairly blase about breastfeeding but this did seem a bit much 'yeah, I have.'
'Well done mate' said Uncle Sy.
'Er.....thanks Sy'
Now, thank goodness I did not say any more.  I could have launched into a speech about how I had fed my son for 15 months, how it was easier this time around, how I am training as a mother supporter - all kinds of things.  But luckily, through confusion, I was quiet for once.
'Yeah, one's gone broody now' said my husband was sitting next to Sy.  OK, now I was confused.  My brain started to catch up with my ears and I realised that what Uncle Sy had actually asked was 'So, you still got the chooks then', because I keep chickens.  I felt a sudden sense of relief to discover that Uncle Sy wasn't a complete weirdo.

So here's my advice, people generally aren't that weird, so if you think they are make absolutely certain before you make a fool of yourself.  And make sure you listen carefully to what people say to you :)

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  1. nearly squirted my husband once whilst feeding after little one hadn't fed for a while. Would have understood better in the early days but little one was about 6/7 months old at the time.

  2. i squirted my daughter whilst the youngest took a feeding break

  3. Squirted all over my ex bosses sofa. It was a fountain

  4. i forgot to tuck my nip back in one time at my mums! must have just been hanging out my BF top for a good ten one said anything....casual nipple airing!

  5. When my daughter was about 18 months we were at a christening. I comforting a friends baby, his Grandma was surprised he had settled for me so well "he never settles with me like that" she said as he snuggled down and cwtched up with me. "must be able to smell the breastmillk" i replied..... "give me a squirt will you and see if he'll cuddle up with me like that" was her response, i didn't really know how to respond

  6. It's easier to nurse in public in a sling so you don't have to stop what you're doing and sit down. Also as they're upright it can reduce reflux. Visit a local sling meet/library for advice.

  7. I fed my DD in the waiting area of a garage a few days ago whilst waiting for my car to be fixed, 3 mechanics were standing right in front of me behind the counter. i don't think any of them noticed :)

  8. Not a funny one, but BF was a godsend for keeping DS1 quiet through my great aunt's funeral. I don;t think anyone knew then either :)

  9. I squirted all over a park bench whilst I was breastfeeding once,was rather embarrassing but funny!


  10. I always forget to clip my bra back on!

  11. I often have to tandem feed my toddler and her soft toys.