Letting Down in Public

Another past post worth sharing again for those of you who missed it (excerpt taken from  MOMMY MEMOIRS, to be relaunched in Jan./Feb. 2014 by Morgan James Publishing!)... This is another one of those subjects that you never hear about unless you experience it for yourself and then suddenly, every mother you know who ever nursed has their own story to tell as well.  Before I became pregnant and nursed our boys, I had never even heard the phrase "letting down" and if I had, I would have assumed it meant relaxing.  So, what's the big deal about relaxing in public?  Don't people go out on the town to relax, have fun, forget about the stresses of work and family?  What's the big deal?

In the world of nursing mothers, "letting down" certainly still means relaxing, but we're talking milk now.  We're talking about that tingly feeling as your milk comes in and you prepare mentally and physically to nurse your little one.  If you're not relaxed, that process can be difficult, if not totally stymied.  So, letting down is a critical step for the nursing mom.  And in my case, it was an embarrassing step that occurred one day in public when I was very much in the public eye...