Friday, February 11, 2011
Breastfeeding is so obscene, you can't even tell I'm doing it!
Juliette got hungry at Target the other day and I snapped this picture as we walked past the mirror. I walked around Whole Foods on Valentines day nursing her like this too! In the beginning of our breastfeeding journey I never thought that this would be me! Proud to be nursing in public! A toddler no less!!! I thought I would hide in the house or in the car WITH a blanket over her head to breastfeed. Then thanks to support pages like The Leaky Boob . I quickly realized that breastfeeding isn't something I should be ashamed of. I shouldn't have to go hide in a bathroom and miss out on dinner or a get together with friends and family because my daughter needs to eat dinner herself. Not only that but the way us "exhibitionists" see it is that the more people who see us breastfeeding in public the more it normalizes nursing in public and the more women will hopefully get over their fear of breastfeeding in public and try harder to breastfeed!
A lot of women give up just because they are afraid to breastfeed in public and that's really sad.
Breastfeeding is the most unnatural natural thing. Before I had Juliette I had never even seen another woman breastfeed. If it weren't for the internet I don't know what I would have done because I had NO support breastfeeding while pregnant or after giving birth except for the lactation consultant who popped her head in to see if I needed help breastfeeding the day AFTER she was born. At that point I could have already given her like 6 bottles of formula! If it weren't for the internet and other Moms I met online, I would most likely go with the norm in the society I was raised in and bottle feed. Which is why I personally think it's important to breastfeed in public, talk about breastfeeding in public, and post pictures of breastfeeding in public.
Like I said, I never thought this would be me. When I was pregnant I thought I would breastfeed for 6 months and go back to work! Ha! Now that I've done quite a bit of research on the subject and I know the benefits, I plan on letting her wean herself when she is ready. I'm not ashamed to say I breastfeed a toddler!