August 1st – 7th is World Breastfeeding Week! In honor of that, here’s a nursing pic:
We made it 8 months nursing. Sadly, she was one of those early weaners and to this day, I still miss it very much. I loved breastfeeding my sweet girl.
Breastfeeding is quite the heated subject, especially posting pics like the one above, or nursing in public. It evokes strong emotions in people, ranging from joy to disgust. People say it’s “disgusting” like feeding your child could ever be disgusting.
I try to encourage people to try to breastfeed, but fully respect it’s a highly personal decision. I can’t judge, because I didn’t breastfeed Nana – I didn’t have ANY desire. With Pia, I was in a better place emotionally and I’m so, so glad I tried and was successful.
What I don’t like is people who get “offended” by a mother nursing her child in public. It’s a boob. It’s way too sexualized and therefore, it’s “dirty”. No one stops to think that that is what they were made for. It shouldn’t have “dirty” connotations. Then there are the people that are “ok” with it, when done respectfully. Whose definition of respectful are we using here? So it’s OK, as long as you use a blanket? Or, try to cover yourself? For me, I tried to be as “respectful” as possible, but when you have a screaming kid, and huge boobs, it’s hard. And honestly? I was so focused on getting a good latch so it wouldn’t hurt like hell that I didn’t really care who saw what. Added to that, Pia hated being covered up, so I rarely did it. I was more concerned with showing the jelly-white-fish-belly than I was the boob.
It honestly makes me sad that some people have almost violent reactions to it. It’s such a beautiful thing to see, and experience. I wish everyone could see it that way. I’ll save the debate over extended breastfeeding for later this week.
So, how do you feel about it?