At first I was very shy about doing it. I even mentioned to Carlo that I would cover up anytime we had company over or if we were at someone's house. It's how I grew up. It's how everyone in the US does it. But I'm in Europe now. Things are just a bit different here. It's so natural to see a mom nursing her baby at a cafe or while sitting on a bench in the middle of a Piazza. So, when it was my turn to feed my baby, I had to do what was needed. I had my parents with me and they kept covering me with a blanket the first time around. I felt somewhat awkward but I didn't want feel exposed... but after that, they also realized that everything here is a bit more relaxed. I would nurse wherever and whenever I needed to.
feeding VJ at the metro station
(ps.. my mom took this picture)
sitting in Piazza San Carlo
(Carlo took this picture)
I'd like to point out that I try to cover myself as much as possible with my shirt. It was a chilly day and VJ needed to be covered with a blanket to keep warm. But this is what I meant when I said... "I'm glad to live in a country where I can breastfeed in public and I don't have to cover her/us with a blanket." I don't think I'm exposing myself.... do you?