Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Beware the Nurse Shark!

Welcome to the July 2010 Carnival of Nursing in Public

This post was written for inclusion in the Carnival of Nursing in Public hosted by Dionna and Paige at All week, July 5-9, we will be featuring articles and posts about nursing in public ("NIP"). See the bottom of this post for more information.

As a breastfeeding mother, I have been, some would say, assertive about breastfeeding my children wherever I am. I love seeing other mothers comfortably nursing their children in public. I even had the honor of working at a preschool where mothers would breastfeed their toddlers as I was giving circle time.

But this picture, I think, takes the cake for breastfeeding in public:

This is a picture I took of a woman breastfeeding her infant dressed in a shark bunting costume while trick-or-treating at a shopping center in Seattle.

Get it?

Nurse Shark?

I couldn't help but think it was awesome. The woman (I wish she was my friend) gave me permission to take her picture and probably was thinking, "Who is this crazy woman who thinks this is so cool?"

That would be me and probably a few thousand mamas who are passionate about a mother's and baby's right to continue their breastfeeding relationship in public. Its for this reason that I'm participating in Code Name: Mama's and Baby Dust Diaries Nursing in Public Blog Carnival.

Art by Erika Hastings at

Welcome to the Carnival of Nursing in Public

Please join us all week, July 5-9, as we celebrate and support breastfeeding mothers. And visit any time to connect with other breastfeeding supporters, learn more about your legal right to nurse in public, and read (and contribute!) articles about breastfeeding and N.I.P.

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Art by Erika Hastings at

This post is just one of many being featured as part of the Carnival of Nursing in Public. Please visit our other writers each day of the Carnival. Click on the links below to see each day’s posts - new articles will be posted on the following days:

July 5 - Making Breastfeeding the Norm: Creating a Culture of Breastfeeding in a Hyper-Sexualized World

July 6 – Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers: the New, the Experienced, and the Mothers of More Than One Nursing Child

July 7 – Creating a Supportive Network: Your Stories and Celebrations of N.I.P.

July 8 – Breastfeeding: International and Religious Perspectives

July 9 – Your Legal Right to Nurse in Public, and How to Respond to Anyone Who Questions It


TopHat said...

We have a Halloween costume for a 1 year old that is a bumblebee. When this next baby has its second Halloween, I'm totally making a shirt with flowers over the breasts and nursing my little bumblebee!

Dionna @ Code Name: Mama said...

That is super cute - I think you've sparked an idea for a Halloween NIP slideshow :)

Tina said...

I love it!!! Now I want to find a nurse shark costume for our 1st Halloween!!!

Mommy Bee said...

I don't have a NIP halloween picture, but I incorporated babywearing...I made a pouch and matching little hoods for me and baby, and we were kangaroos. So when we nursed it fit right in I suppose...
This year my kiddo will be walking before halloween (his birthday is early November, and he's already trying to walk) so I don't know if i'll be able to pull of the pouch idea again...if I do though, I'm planning a koala. There are lots of marsupials!

Lauren @ Hobo Mama said...

You all are so creative! And I adore the nurse shark, and the mama's happy smile. Let's see, I've breastfed Superman and a fire fighter and a pirate. I didn't think to get any pictures of that in action, though — missed opportunities, there!

Mandy @ Living Peacefully with Children said...

I've nursed pumpkins, chickens, a blueberry faerie, a monkey, more chickens (those costumes have gotten a lot of use),...

Anonymous said...

I nursed a purple butterfly, but yours is too cute!

Lisa C said...

lol, love it!

Jenne said...

I'm so glad that others found this as cool as I did!

TopHat, I love your idea.

Dionna, that would be awesome! Can't wait to see it! I'm in the same boat as Lauren, I don't have pictures of my breastfeeding a 10 month old Chewbacca, a druid and a 2010 graduate.

Tina, I totally looked for the same costume for my little girl. I couldn't find it and I was so sad. Turns out she was too mobile for a bunting by then anyway. It was not okay for her to pass over babyhood that quick, she was only 5 months old!