Friday, June 9, 2006

Shopping and breastfeeding!

I have been taking Laetitia out shopping almost everyday in the last week as my good friend Jaimie is here visiting from Singapore. So this week Laetitia spent most of her afternoons in either the Grand Magasin (Galeries Lafayette/Printemps area) or the Champs-Elysées . And in this last two weeks alone, she has been breastfeed in more public places than the last 2 months of her life. I cannot possibly be rushing home to feed her everytime I want to go shopping right?! And of course being here with no family within close proximity means I have to take my baby everywhere I go. So, I have to become confident and relax about breastfeeding her in public.

So far, I have nursed her in the nursing rooms in Galeries Lafayette, Printemps and Les Halles, in a restaurant along the Champs-Elysées, in a brasserie and cafes. I was almost going to breastfeed her in the metro but managed to make a detour instead. The good thing about breastfeeding her is no one bother to give a second look. When I was nursing her in a outdoor cafe in Ils-St-Louis (the smaller of the two islands along the Seines) and the waiter was asking twice if she was sleeping! I don't think he even realised that I was nursing Laetitia while sipping my glass of Orangina.

I guess breastfeeding is an easy route for now as I can just feed her anytime and almost anywhere (as long as I can find a relatively quiet corner since she does not like too much distraction during her meal time). It means that I can be relatively mobile with her and do not have to worry about bringing too many things when we go out (no bottles, formula milk etc to carry with me). Well, hopefully soon I will also be able to shop alone once I get her into a habit of taking expressed breast milk in a bottle or some formula milk once in a while and could leave her in the infantcare centre a couple of times a week. So far, although taking her shopping is not a problem, I cannot try on clothes with her in the Baby Bjorn carrier. I think it will be nice to be able to do that.

Okay, enough about me and shopping with Laetitia.... here's some fun pics of her on her belly.

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