*Not long ago I wrote a post about how I wasn’t able to breastfeed. I started thinking that it might have come off like I don’t support breastfeeding which isn’t the case at all.
This post isn’t meant to bash anyone else’s feelings on the subject. These are just thoughts about breastfeeding that I’ve had for several years. What better way to get them out than on my blog.
When I see a mom breastfeeding her child, I think it’s such a beautiful thing. I’m open to different opinions but I really don’t understand people who think mothers shouldn’t breastfeed in public and should go into a public restroom. First off, apparently these same people have never been in a public restroom because they can be disgusting. When I use a public restroom, I rarely see one that has a separate sitting room.
I find it hard to believe that people would expect a mother to go into a bathroom with her child and sit on a toilet while breastfeeding. Yes, a breastfeeding mother can go sit in her car. But a woman shouldn’t have to hide away in her car because she needs to feed her hungry child.
If I see someone in a restaurant, eating with their mouth open, and with a complete lack of table manners, would it be okay if I asked them to eat in the restroom or a car?
Secondly, a woman is feeding her child and there’s nothing wrong with that. Which brings me to people saying “I’m fine with breastfeeding as long as the mom covers up”. I wasn’t able to breastfeed my daughter but I remember the times when she was younger and I would have a blanket over her to shade her from the sun.
Usually she would fling it off, then I would put it back on and this would repeat. What I’m getting at is not all babies like a blanket thrown over their face while breastfeeding so that’s not a solution either.
I bought a nursing cover before my daughter was born and used it as a cover while pumping since I felt like a fraking dairy cow. Mooo! But covers aren’t always right for mom and baby either. I think it’s so important that both are comfortable when breastfeeding no matter how much or how little you cover up.
Except for only a few times, I have never seen a mom let it all hang out when breastfeeding. More times than not, breastfeeding mothers try to be as discreet as possible. But really, if you have a problem with it stop looking! I guess that’s just too easy of a solution though. 😉