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Boob Nursing Top Contest

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UPDATE:
And the winner is…. Blanca. Here’s her story:
Hello Everyone! I’m a mother of a 28 week preemie! Not being able to nurse him directly I used to pump and bring the milk back to the hospital! After just 2 days my tiny baby started to show interest on the breast! This moved my heart. He started actually nursing 3 days after. I have a couple of NIP stories… Here’s the first one… I was at the park with my 3 daughters and my newborn son, and it was meal time! I pull my breast out to feed him and as he was nursing a little boy came to me and started to stare at me! All of the sudden, his mother came to grap him and he seems upset!, the mother then told me it was the first day of weaning baby! He looked at me so sad! I started thinking if my son would be the same way… I’m also his pacifier! I have a hospital grade breast pump @ home but after a while it was impossible to pump and go shopping for example. Since I had to pump every 1.5-2.5 hours to keep my milk supply going while the baby was in NICU I went to Walmart and started shopping. Then I realize that I coulnt wait to pump so I decided to purchase an electic breast pump! I went to the parking lot and started pumping in the car. My husband came to the car and I could tell he was a lil embarrased so he asked me to cover up a little! Anyway I put the shirt down still pumping, we stopped at the red light (I’m still pumping, but I looked like the shirt Madonna had in that video with the pointed boobs!) A car stopped next to us and the guy gave me thumbs up! What I next realized there it was his wife doing the same thing!

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Don’t you just love this logo? I think it’s hilarious. Better yet, Boob, a Swedish company, has a wide range of maternity and nursing clothes. Here’s a description of how the nursing tops function.
Now for the giveaway contest. For a chance to win this top, leave a comment answering this question: If you’re pregnant, tell me why you need this top. And if you’ve had a baby, tell me your favorite nursing in public story.
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Deadline to enter the contest is August 1, the start of Breastfeeding Awareness Week. Contest limited to U.S. entrants. I’ll pick the winner based on the following criteria: a fun, clever or poignant story.



26 Responses to “Boob Nursing Top Contest”

I am preggers, due in sep. and I remember not having enough shirts that worked nicely for breastfeeding… and we all know that your nursing like 45times a day so a shirt makes a big difference!

Not exactly a NIP story, but one about my nursing toddler when I was pregnant:
My daughter and I were watching my husband play intermural indoor soccer. The teams were shirts vs. skins, so there were a lot of bare-chested men running around. She kept saying something with the phrase “little tiny.” I finally turned closer to hear, and this is what she was repeating to me as she was watching the men play soccer: “He has little tiny breasts.” I tried not to laugh as I told her, “yes, he does.” Then she turned to me, patted my chest, and said, “Mama has big breasts.” Best of all was when she pointed to a more…ahem…pudgy man and said very earnestly, “He has big breasts too.”

I am currently pregnant with my third. I nursed my son through my second pregnancy and tandemed nursed for 15 months. My daughter is still nursing and I can see her following in her brother’s footsteps and nursing through this pregnancy. So most likely I will be tandem nursing again :-) This top would be wonderful for my continued nursing adventure with my new little baby while chasing my two older ones.

I am expecting my second around the end of August/beginning of September. My first is 25 months now, and still going strong with the nursing! In fact, all of my beloved BOOB tops are wearing thin at this point after wearing them practically nonstop for the last two years! Needless to say, I would love to win a new one! Here’s a link to my favorite personal NIP story: http://marvelouskiddo.blogspot.com/2008/09/only-in-new-york.html

Once, I was nursing in the nursing mothers’ mothers room at a big department store and another mom came in. She had a nursing cover (I did not.) She looked at me and said “You REALLY ought to get one of these!” Um, in a private room for nursing mothers? No thank you!

I’m pregnant AND have had a baby, so I will leave 2 stories!
Because I am pregnant: I need this top because I am already 41 weeks and 2 days pregnant, and the idea of shopping anymore just nauseates me!
Because I have had a baby: My favorite nursing in public story is the time I went to Macy’s into their nursing room, which was on the way to the bathroom.. my daughter was a super noisy nurser and slurped and hummed and slapped my boobs through each meal. I got lots of smiles and giggles from passing women. I’d just smile at the passerby’s!

My favorite NIP story is about nursing in a restaurant. There were on a few tables besides ours, one being a larger table with the parents and 5-6 kids. A new table came in and was seated next to us. The man noticed I was nursing and complained to the waiter, who came over to speak to me, explaining that this gentleman was offended. I turned to the gentleman and said something along the lines of, why shouldn’t my child eat when everyone else gets to eat? His response was that he was worried that the children at this larger table would see something. At that point the mother at that table spoke up and said that the only thing that upset her and her children was that someone would dare to tell me to stop nursing. Then, to prove her point, she pulled her toddler out of his high chair and started nursing him. Gotta love strength in numbers!

I am trying to think of a NIP story worth sharing. I don’t really have one. I will just say this… at first, I was very concerned about NIP. As time goes on, I am less and less self-conscious. I will now feed my baby when she wants. I try to be somewhat discreet still. My husband has become amazed at the “progress” I have made in regards to NIP.

I was so nervous about feeding my son in public that I hid in a bathroom stall to be discrete.

no funny story, but i will nurse wherever and whenever in public. tried to use one of those nursing aprons on the airplane in May and baby would have none of it!

As a first time mom of a one month old (today)I have yet to master nursing in public. Only tried once on my own couch with people in the room and was not very graceful about it (still trying to master the ‘latch on’ never mind being ‘discreet’). Would love to try this shirt out for a try.

I live in Wisconsin and keep having fall/winter babies. I need nursing shirts that won’t leave me shivering and half-naked!

It has always bothered me that people feel that they have the right to tell a nursing mother that she shouldn’t be nursing in public, yet think that breastfeeding is the best for the baby. Don’t they realize how often the baby needs to eat?? If you never nursed in public you would be at home ALL the time! I nursed my oldest until he was 2 and a lot of that was in public places – I figure if 20 somethings can walk around in low cut shirts where their boobs are falling out, I can let people get a small glance at mine while I’m feeding my child!
autumn398 @ yahoo.com

I am expecting baby #2 in November. I didn’t (couldn’t afford) any nursing tops with #1, so I’d love to have one. What a luxury that would be!
With DS #1, he was a very loud nurser. So loud that while nursing in church, I was once asked to leave the room. I did put up a stink, but finally gave in. He’s 22 months and just beginning to wean, but I’m hoping to make it to his 2nd birthday before giving it up altogether.

I never realized how hard it was going to be to find nursing tops with my last pregnancy…. so I’m trying to be mroe prepared for my baby due in October! Thanks for the great site to check out.

Since I have two wonderful little ones under age 4 and am pregnant, and am still breastfeeding, boy would I LOVE to win this shirt. That said, when I was still in the learning phase with #1, and went out shopping with my brother and sis-in-law, and my babe decided to awaken and demand milk…I was slightly embarrassed when my babe repeatedly popped off and my engorged self shot like a sprinkler all over the chair and table in front of us. I couldn’t help but find it slightly humorous too though. Nice that things get easier. Whew.

I’m due next month and I have absolutely no nursing tops. I really wish I could win this one! I love the style and the fact that it’s long (I’m tall).
mfalcon13@hotmail.com

My son was two and a half weeks old on Easter Sunday, so that was going to be the day when my entire extended family was going to meet him. I could tell he was a little overwhelmed by all of the new faces and noise, so I took him into another room for some quiet nursing. My six-year-old cousin followed us. I wasn’t sure whether she knew how babies ate, so I figured that, if she did not know, then now was as good of a time as any to teach her. As my son latched on, I saw a look of shock on her face. I said to her, “Monica, did you know that this is how babies eat?” to which she replied, “Noooo.” Then, as if something had clicked, she got a smile on her face and said, “Oh, he’s just like a billy goat!” I couldn’t stop laughing as I explained to her, “Yes, you are right – he is just like a billy goat.” (When I told my aunt the story, she explained that they had billy goats at Monica’s preschool. She also told me that she was fairly certain that my son and I would be the subject of Monica’s show and tell at school that week!)

I have the hardest time finding nursing tops that allow me to nurse comfortably and discreetly – with my last baby I was a 34J bra size!!! I would love the opportunity to give this shirt a try and see if it will do what no other maternity/nursing tops have done for me in the past. Pick me! Pick me! :)

I wouldn’t say this is my favorite, but it’s the one that stands out most…
When my DD was only a month old, my FIL came in town and we went out to dinner. It was time for DD to eat, and I was still uncomfortable with the whole “nursing in public” thing. I went to the bathroom to see if there was a chair… No luck. When I went back to our table, I complained to my SIL about how frustrated I was that there was nowhere to nurse. A sweet older lady at the table next to us overheard me (probably because my screeching hungry baby grabbed her attention), and she said, “Just nurse her at your table honey. It’s a natural thing, and your baby should be able to eat too!”. I was SO relieved to hear that, since my worry was how other people would react to me nursing at my table.

I am expecting on August 1 (or before, hopefully!) and the last thing I am going to need in the midst of learning how to be a mom is a wardrobe crisis! Everyone has warned me that I’ll be in sweatpants and raggedy t-shirts for months, but does it really have to be that way? Perhaps the Boob line can keep me from looking like one!

THE INCIDENT AT THE VICHY EXHIBIT
I am a nursing mom who is also an actor, a playwright, a doll maker, and an occasional grant writer. MJ was five months old when I started rehearsing for a play in which I was cast in the role of a French woman who had an affair with a Nazi soldier in Vichy-era France.
One sleep-deprived morning, my husband pointed out an article in the NY Times online. “Hey, B, – there’s a cool sounding exhibit about writers living in France under the Vichy Government at the New York Public Library. It sounds like your play. You should go!”
I looked at the article. It sounded fantastic! It was my day off! I would strap MJ into her new carrier and go!
Perhaps I should have realized it wouldn’t be so fantastic when the Fifth Avenue bus was extra slow and MJ seemed disenchanted with the idea of going to Midtown before we’d even cleared Central Park. But I was excited. I was feeling like the arty Mom I always hoped I’d be…
We finally arrived at the main branch of the NYPL. As we walked up the steps, I told MJ that the two marble lions were originally named Leo Lenox and Leo Astor, after two of the library’s early patrons, but were renamed Patience and Fortitude by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia during the Depression. MJ frowned.
We stepped into the exhibit. It was dimly lit, to preserve the delicate old papers on display. MJ started to squirm. Dim means sleepy time. It doesn’t mean look at 75-year-old French letters and blurry photographs of French resistance fighters behind glass.
I spied a small tour group making its way around the exhibit, led by an elderly lady in a very neat suit. Ah, perhaps MJ and I could tag along and learn something extra!
But MJ started to wail.
I always knew the main branch of the NYPL had an echo, with its high marble ceilings. Never realized quite how intense that echo could be until my little baby started screaming. Wow. Well, maybe she was hungry! There was a Vichy-era “French café” set up in the exhibit, I could pick the most remote table there, pull out my “Bebe au Lait” and quiet my normally quite mellow baby down tout suite! I found a chair, unhooked MJ from her carrier, unfurled my swirly-patterned milk shroud, and started to nurse.
It didn’t work. M howled even louder.
I was trying to reattach the baby carrier, which had somehow gotten tangled up in the fake French cafe, when the tour guide popped out from behind an exhibit case and screamed:
YOU ARE DESTROYING MY TOUR!! I CANNOT SCREAM OVER YOUR BABY!!
Wow.
”I’m so sorry, I am – we are trying to leave – I just need to hook this carrier up before I…”
THIS IS NOT A BATHROOM!! YOU CAN FIND ANOTHER PLACE TO NURSE YOUR SCREAMING BABY!!
“Trying. We are trying to leave –“
THIS IS NOT A PLACE FOR YOU TO COME AND NURSE!
“I’m – I actually wanted to see the exhibit…”
The carrier’s straps had gotten caught in the metal Vichy era café chair, and MJ was now throwing her head back and arching her whole body and still screaming. The tour guide was still screaming too:
YOU HAVE BEEN HERE FOR HALF AN HOUR WITH YOUR SCREAMING BABY!!
“Um, no more than ten minutes I think…”
The tour guide suddenly disappeared behind the exhibit case. I finally found the carrier strap and threaded it through its buckle. I turned to leave, and bumped into a large security guard.
“Ma’am. You have to come with me. You are being disruptive.”
I never wrote a letter of complaint in my life before that afternoon, when I wrote one to the woman in charge of the library’s volunteer tour guides. She wrote me a very kind and thoughtful reply, in which I learned that there’s a brand new children’s room in the main branch of the NYPL that is, she assured me, very nursing-friendly. She also offered me a ten percent discount on the exhibit’s companion book. Which I meant to take her up on, but… I’m a Mom who is also an actor/playwright/doll maker and occasional grant writer!

I am a nursing mom of a now 7 month old. When he was about 5 months, he began to get very curious about the world around him. He would latch on latch off throughout the feeding until my milk letdown, which took forever! Anyway, my friend Maygan and I were at a cancer walk and I decided I was going to nurse in public…I would just pull my shirt over him. HAHAHA I laugh thinking about this! Anyway, Evan wanted to look around and he was geting frustrated, all of a sudden my friend started laughing like you wouldnt believe. He looked like an alien moving his head underneath my shirt! It was really funny!

Being Neighborly
On one of my final days of maternity leave this past spring, I was enjoying the day with my kids in the front yard. While the boys were playing, I was happily sitting under the magnolia tree nursing my daughter. There’s something about being outside, during the weekdays, that brought my retired neighbors closer to me – we’ve lived in our house for 9 years, and yet there are quite a few neighbors I have never met until this past maternity leave.

Well, one such gentleman stopped by and saw I had a baby on my lap under a blanket. He naturally asked the ususal questions, “how old?”, “what’s the baby’s name” etc. I think he was just waiting and waiting for me to show her to him. By the time he asked if he could see her, I didn’t know what to say to not embarass him to his lack of awareness to what she and I were doing. Given that this was my third child and I really don’t have any shame about nursing and my body… and really – you can’t “see anything” if you have proper clothes and positioning… I went ahead and lifted the blanket. He smiled and nodded and we said our good-byes.

On the one hand, he walked – didn’t run. But on the other hand, I haven’t seen him since. Oh well, at the very least, he may now think twice about asking to see a covered baby.

I have a 7 month old now and we have recently did away with the nursing cover since I finally mastered nip without it. This happened just the other day at work. I’m a server at an open pit BBQ where we do a Sunday breakfast brunch and I’m a server. Hubby stopped by to pick something up from me and we noticed that my son wanted to be fed. The other server said to just go in the back (where we also serve customers) and feed him and she would cover my area. So I took my son and went and sat down and started to feed him. I had a few women come up and look at him and tell me how cute he was not noticing that he was eating. Some realized he was eating and gave me kudos for breastfeeding which was nice since I’ve never received those, just given them to others who were nursing. When he was done I put gave him back to hubby and went back to work. It was wonderful to be able to take a quick break like that and feed my son, and to have compliments for breastfeeding and not put downs.

Hello Everyone! I’m a mother of a 28 week preemie! Not being able to nurse him directly I used to pump and bring the milk back to the hospital! After just 2 days my tiny baby started to show interest on the breast! This moved my heart. He started actually nursing 3 days after. I have a couple of NIP stories… Here’s the first one… I was at the park with my 3 daughters and my newborn son, and it was meal time! I pull my breast out to feed him and as he was nursing a little boy came to me and started to stare at me! All of the sudden, his mother came to grap him and he seems upset!, the mother then told me it was the first day of weaning baby! He looked at me so sad! I started thinking if my son would be the same way… I’m also his pacifier! I have a hospital grade breast pump @ home but after a while it was impossible to pump and go shopping for example. Since I had to pump every 1.5-2.5 hours to keep my milk supply going while the baby was in NICU I went to Walmart and started shopping. Then I realize that I coulnt wait to pump so I decided to purchase an electic breast pump! I went to the parking lot and started pumping in the car. My husband came to the car and I could tell he was a lil embarrased so he asked me to cover up a little! Anyway I put the shirt down still pumping, we stopped at the red light (I’m still pumping, but I looked like the shirt Madonna had in that video with the pointed boobs!) A car stopped next to us and the guy gave me thumbs up! What I next realized there it was his wife doing the same thing!

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