Breastfeeding is NORMAL. Breastfeeding is human. Breastfeeding is why women have breasts … to produce milk for our babies. I breastfed my babies everywhere, all the time. No shame. No hiding. One of the reasons why it can be hard for some new mothers to get the hang of breastfeeding in our Western culture is because they hardly ever see other women breastfeeding. There is no natural learning going on by being around other women who are breastfeeding. It should not be a mystery. It’s a normal part of being human. Negative attitudes surrounding women breastfeeding in public places makes me mad. It’s another form of social control over women’s behavior and bodies. Social control over how we feel about feeding our babies. That’s crazy and unnatural.
And when women get down on women who breastfeed in public that makes me even madder. If a woman can’t breastfeed for medical reasons or just doesn’t want to, then formula works fine and I respect a women’s right to choose. However, no women who can and wants to should ever be made to feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding her baby at any time.
Breastfeeding in NORMAL. It’s a human thing to do.
August 15, 2015