How do you handle nursing in front of your other children, are you secretive about it or relaxed?As Frankie said on his way to Hollywood, "Relax, just do it." (Ok, so I know that's not the real lyric, but that's the version I've been singing in my head ever since I got this question), so, the short answer would be:
Oh so very, very, very relaxed.
Now here's the long answer:
If any of y'all have spent any number of minutes in my home, I'm sure you've witnessed the never-ending modesty battle as I insist that my hooligans "get some friggin' clothes on!" It's become sort of a family...and neighborhood...and ward joke that the Lifferth chilluns just don't like clothing much. The less, the better in their books. Where, I've been asked time and again, do they get it from? Well...let's just say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. No, I don't spend my days lounging about in the buff, but I've never been one to stress if my kids happen to catch a glimpse either.
So, I'm not much different when it comes to nursing. I don't mind nursing in public as long as I can successfully hide the actual faucet. Hence, I most certainly don't hesitate to nurse anytime, anywhere in my home. I've always felt that nursing is a healthy, normal part of life and it can only help a kid to be exposed to it in day-to-day workings of the family. It's my hope that if I act like nursing is nothing to be ashamed of then it won't weird-out my sons when their wives start spouting liquid nutrients and my daughters won't hesitate to give it a try as well.
Not to mention, who has time to go into a secluded alcove to nurse anyway when they have 3 other small children under-foot? If I did that every time the baby was hungry I'd reemerge to find my house absolutely torn apart or...errr...more torn apart then it is already, anyway.
So, when you find yourself as a new mom of more-then-one, I encourage you to give open nursing a try. You'll find out soon enough that your little one will treat it as what it really is...no big deal.