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Nursing in my Wedding Dress

Ange A. R.
From NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 19 No. 2, March-April 2002, p. 51

This past October, on a beautiful sunny day, my daughter’s father and I were married. It was just a week after Anela’s first birthday, and she was still breastfeeding frequently. We have always enjoyed our nursing relationship very much, and I knew that on the day of our wedding, with all the commotion, she would need her “nursies” to feel close to mommy often throughout the day. In my mind I saw her calling for me during our vows, and us having to sit right there on the altar to nurse. Knowing anything was possible, my mother, sister, and I brought Anela with us when we went shopping for my gown. I figured she could give anything I liked a bit of a test run. Of course, wedding dresses aren’t made breastfeeding-friendly, but the one I chose made the task manageable.

As expected, on the big day Anela wanted to be only in my arms the entire morning. I spent as much time as I could with her, and handed her off to Grandma while I got ready. I nursed her before putting my dress on, but shortly after finishing our photographs she was very tired and needed to nurse. We found a quiet spot in the bride’s room and had a very special moment right before it was time to walk down the aisle. My sister snapped this photo as a keepsake, and it’s one of my favorites from that day.

Anela was the best-behaved child at our wedding, and people commented on that often. At the reception we snuck away and nursed again, then we danced the night away. I am so grateful that I got to have these stolen moments on such a hectic day with my little girl. After all, it was her day too, and she needed to feel included and loved just as much as I did. Now, at 13 months, we are still enjoying our “nursie” time. Breastfeeding my child is one of the best parenting choices I made. Thank you LLL for all your support, and for making my choice to nurse my daughter beyond her first year an easy one!

Last updated Tuesday, October 17, 2006 by njb.
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