I have never been a flash-my-boobs sort of gal. |
But I am the sort of girl who doesn't want to miss anything. I also am the sort of woman who knows her rights and doesn't want to be bullied or shamed.
So, I have learned to breastfeed my son discreetly anywhere, anytime, in any group.
Breastfeeding still is not the norm in American culture, and that can make for some uncomfortable looks--and even conversations--for women who nurse in public, as La Leche League will tell you. Many women feel awkward breastfeeding in front of people. But public breastfeeding can be subtle and personal. Most mothers, I think--including myself--breastfeed our babies in public because they're hungry, because despite our best laid-plans they need to eat now, because we can't stay home all the time, because we wouldn't want to stay home all the time even if we could.
Now, maybe you don't care about showing the world a nipple. Good for you. You're feeding your kid; it's not like you're doing a striptease. But some of us still would rather keep our areolas to ourselves. As discussed, a cover helps, however, said cover also means the baby is latching in the dark. When you're not in public, make sure your baby is latching correctly. Pay attention to how a good latch feels--hint: it shouldn't feel like you're being gnawed on-- and how your fingers should be placed to help the baby achieve that latch.
And remember, if you catch someone watching, smile. You're nourishing the next generation. You are an earth mother goddess. I joke, but truly, people are less likely to be uncomfortable or nasty to you when you're pleasant and confident. If nothing else, your smile might shame the ones who consider fussing about public breastfeeding into keeping their views to themselves.
5 Tips for Breastfeeding in Public
Learn to Nurse Anytime, Anyplace
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