first off, Hathor has the funniest and most realistic comic on her site right now - it's called bad vibe and anyone who has nursed whether in a sling or just w/a shirt, or even w/one of those big ol' blankets over your shoulders KNOWS it to be true. b/c on those days that you ARE feeling just a wee bit more discreet when you are in public, THAT is the time that your darling babe will THROW UP THE SHIRT (or blanket or whatever) or thrust their entire body backwards so that your breast is just blowing in the wind for all the world to see. it's actually pretty funny. the other funny thing is when babies first start realizing there is a world outside and are distracted by everything and while nursing will take your nipple for a ride up down and around farther than you could have ever imagined.
next, my girlfriend anna has a friend who now works for motherwear (motherwear has some really quality nursing wear). she has started a blog so go and check it out if you are so inclined.
lastly, it's been nearly two weeks since rhys last nursed. it's not like he was nursing gobs, just once, at naptime. what's really funny is that the last time he nursed he said "mama, i LOVE to nuhse." he doesn't nap every day, so we weren't nursing every day, but he was pretty adamant when i did put him down for a nap that he wanted to nurse. well, now even when we go upstairs for him to nap, he hasn't asked and i haven't offered. it's bittersweet b/c he's my last baby.
i really loved nursing. it was a struggle in the beginning w/both kids. nursing, for me, was not the "easy and natural" thing in the beginning. it had a learning curve. my children and i had to work together to get it all figured out. rhys and i had a rough 10 months full of ups and downs before things got better. it was worth it. all of it! i loved being able to completely care for my children. i had everything they needed. when they were hurt, nursing instantly helped. sad? nursing fixed it (along w/big kisses). i was quite the producer of milk too. i had enough for me and my friend's baby. my friend was also my labor and delivery nurse when i had irene. she is VERY salt of the earth and homebirthed her two children. anyway, she had skim milk (sounds funny, but sometimes people do and no matter what they use, it stays skim). i had pure cream. so i'd pump for henry and bottle it up and take it over to my friend or she'd come and pick it up.
i could talk a lot more about this, but maybe at another time. i'm going to ask Paula Lerner if i can post a picture she took of me and rhys at the avon walk for breast cancer in 2004. will post it here if i get her okay.