I think motherhood (and, um, the whole GIVING BIRTH thing, too) has made me less modest, and a whole lot more opinionated - especially when it comes to breastfeeding my babe.
But... it sometimes feels like the rest of the world is becoming more conservative. Just recently, I read in the newspaper that a woman was asked to cover up while she nursed her baby in a restaurant - it is completely illegal in my state to ask this of a woman (or to ask a nursing mom to leave), btw. When she refused, and after her husband had some words for the management, they were asked to leave.
REALLY? Really, people?
I used to use a nursing cover when I nursed Eliza out of the house - in restaurants, at the mall, etc... I used it for other people's benefit, not my own and certainly not Eliza's. She stated hating it; she would sweat and get annoyed by the fabric over her head. So, I decided to stop using it. I just do NOT care what people think anymore, and let me tell you, IT IS FREEING. I'm feeding my baby, and I'm actually doing it in a fairly discreet manner - I wear a nursing tank underneath my shirt, so my tummy is covered and the top of my chest is covered, and really, Eliza's head covers any skin that might be showing... Anyway, the truth is, I wouldn't care even if - OHTHEHORROR - my skin were to show. I am SO proud to nurse Eliza; it is a beautiful, wonderful, nurturing act, so why was I hiding it? When I was using the nursing cover, I felt like I was saying "this is something I am ashamed of", when I really wanted to be saying "I nurse my child and I am so happy and proud to be doing it".
Now. This is just ME. I'm not saying anything about other women who choose to use a nursing cover - I get that some people are uncomfortable nursing without a cover, and that's why nursing covers are a great thing for some nursing mamas. They just aren't for me!
So, if you see me IRL, you might accidentally catch a glimpse of bo.ob. If it makes you uncomfortable, I won't be offended if you choose to look away :O)
ETA: OH. You MUST go read this article that Aletta directed me to: http://www.kidcityny.com/breastfeeding-in-the-land-of-genghis-khan/
It is a wonderful article and will even have you laughing. If you're like me, you'll be wishing Americans could be a little more like Mongolians once in a while...