Arroyo Verde Nurse In

 
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If you can laugh while tandem nursing in public, I'd say a certain amount of success has been achieved.

The last Nurse In at Arroyo Verde Park in Ventura left me feeling devoid of humor in spite of the above image.

Sharing images now from the beginning.

Gion, of course, was not in the mood to Nurse at first. 

Aria seeing a window of opportunity in her usually more occasional nursing pattern was all over it.

Gracen had asked to nurse several weeks prior for the first time in 6 months.  I asked him if he would like to but he was not interested either.

It was amazing to meet Isis.

And see Arlene again.

It's easy to feel nervous in front of the camera.  Starting to feel more comfortable.  Jim is so nice.

Loved seeing Hilda and her daughter.  She is so inspiring.

The tandem nursing moment happened.

So weird to feel so nervous about doing something so nurturing for one's children.

Feeling supported by this momma tribe was amazing.

There was talk of birth.  Every story was different.

There was talk of sherriff and hsa visits.  There were several other stories present aside from mine.

Ziah your continued support is a powerful gift.

we all slowly stopped nursing and conversation continued.

I forget what we talked about now.

about motherhood mostly.  about injustices to it.

what a beautiful place to see the children play.

and feel supported by loving masculine energy.

We began to disperse and then posed for a group photo before leaving.

I don't think 'thank you' could quite cover it.

Love you all. 

 

 

The Nurse Ins Begin

 
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The first Nurse In was hot.

102+ degrees. 

What was I thinking?  

I didn't want to let anything stop me.  I didn't want to reschedule.  The tension in my life trying to stop me might as well have been 102 degrees.  What was the difference besides a bit of symbolism?

I attracted some pretty serious heroines as a result. 

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I can see on all these faces the intensity of the experience.

I felt  rescued, saluted, surrendered, lifted up and sacrificed all at once.  Terrified to nurse and ready to confront the challenge.

The heat was a welcomed distraction to the challenge for me at one point.

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When I saw these women nurse around me, I was shifted inside.  

Outside the house, outside of a hashtag for breastfeeding....OUTSIDE.

It was liberating.

 Photo by  Shannon Schnurr

They taught me how to be liberated.

And I'm still learning.

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I still feel afraid but now the excitement is winning the battle.

I can feel a place building in my heart that is not afraid to breastfeed.

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And that was just the beginning.  The first Nurse In.

The second one brought an unexpected remembrance of primal power.

with a continuance of liberating my heart.

and hopefully others.

hopefully these little steps are bringing greater breastfeeding comfort to those participating.

those watching.

Photos by The Wild Heart Studio

And those showing support even if they aren't breastfeeding.

These people are a source of....faith.

Thank you for coming and being willing to publicly show support.

So that a loving message can be spread.

We don't all make the same choices.  We all can't. 

Life brings different possibilities to us.

For me, tandem nursing was a possibility I embraced and being able to embrace it lovingly in public after being shamed in private is...

Exhilerating.

 Photo by The Wild Heart Studio

Photo by The Wild Heart Studio

The Next Nurse In is coming up fast and looks to be another powerful experience.

Hilda M. Robles is my greatest source of breastfeeding inspiration.  

She attended the fist Nurse In with her now 6 year old daughter and will be at the next one.

She's an incredible human being, I am so over joyed to celebrate here.

Come.  See Hilda and I nurse.  Come see breastfeeding in public celebrated.

 

The next Nurse In is at

Arroyo Verde Park

 in Ventura, California

 

I'll make as many leaf crowns as I can to share for those attend.

Park in the first parking lot to the left as you enter

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Head strait for the shade.

I have tandem nursed here before.

It is $2 to come for the hour at the park or $5 for the weekend day.

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I feel grateful to this loving community for emails of support.  

I feel embraced by you all.

Thank you.

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See you there.