are you mom enoughWhat is wong with people these days? It never ceases to amaze me how insensitive people can be. Breastfeeding scandals continue to erupt in press and have been doing so for years. And they’re never good, as women continue to be asked to leave public places or experience discrimination. These people make what should be a natural situation into a difficult one and draws attention for all the wrong reasons. You just have to get used to seeing breastfeeding in cafés, malls, at the office, or wherever you might be. We are only doing what nature has intended. Breastfeeding is the best option for you, your baby and the environment. The benefits vastly outweigh the drawbacks. I do believe there are more discreet ways to do it, you can cover up using a blanket for example. However you have to keep in mind that one might not always be available.

One thing I don’t understand is how a restaurant can ask you to leave or go to the restroom to breastfeed. Would you eat your dinner there? It’s disguting and unhygienic. Have people forgotten that they were babies once to?? Or were they born walking and talking…? If breastfeeding bothers you so much, then simply look away. Some people feel you should bottlefeed your child when in public, but not all children want the bottle. It’s your choice of course, but it’ not your place to make desicions for me or any other breastfeeding women.

And why is having the rest of the breast exposed okay, but not when you breastfeed? Some people’s view on this subject is all backwards. It bothers me that women are allowed to walk around in a mini bikini, revealing more, but are not allowed to breastfeed in pubic places. It’s only considered vulgar when it’s not presented as a sexual object, and therein lies the hipocrisy. I don’t believe women were created to be sexual objects, and we have perverted something that was never meant to be seen in that way. Female breasts also serve a purpose.

Picture a new mom who may already be struggling with nursing, being told she can’t breastfeed somewhere. That could potentially be the thing that makes her stop brestfeeding. I remember the first time I nursed Noel outside, my breasts leaky and soar. It took a while before I felt comfortable unbuttoning my shirt in front of others. All mothers out there should feel confident in their ability to mother their children through breasteeding.

In the end no one will want to breastfeed if we can’t do so in public places. We have to be able to continue our lives normally and not be stuck at home, unable to go shopping or eat at a restaurant. To all breastfeeding women, continue feeding your babies whenever they need to be fed, uncovered so society can get used to it. This shows us how important it is to be confident in our choices and to stand up for ourselves and our children and set an example for motherhood. And remember you have nothing to be ashamed of. Breasts don’t suck!

Love, S


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