I’ve been reading a few blogs lately about breastfeeding. When I was pregnant, I knew that this was the path I was going to take. My mom breastfed. My sister breastfed. My friends breastfed. Some had more success than others. Some did it for a few months. Some did it for over a year. The point is that breastfeeding was something I wanted to try because it was what I knew and felt most comfortable with.
Why do some mothers who breastfeed feel that it is necessary to denigrate those who have chosen not to or simply cannot? Breast may be best (my opinion but it may not be yours and that’s OK) but it is not the only way to feed your child. Just because I can and do breastfeed does not give me the right to freak out or be condescending when I see someone whipping out a bottle. Feeding your baby formula does not make you less of a mother.
And, why do some mothers throw a hissy fit (not really but you know what I mean) if I want to cover myself up or go into another room to breastfeed? Yes, I know that it is perfectly fine to breastfeed in public. But, I do not feel the need to show everyone my goodies. You never know in this day and age of camera cell phones. Hey, it can happen. I’m a modest person and I don’t think it’s right for me to make someone feel uncomfortable. That’s MY opinion. I expect others to do me the courtesy of respecting it. It’s bad enough that it’s taken so long to able to breastfeed in public. It doesn’t help when some mothers are all crazy about it. Breasts are beautiful. But, I don’t want to see your nipples and I don’t feel like showing you mine. Don’t make me feel bad for being discreet and using a nursing tent.
I’m sorry if I sound like I’m ranting. But, mothers shouldn’t be divided over something like this. It’s hard enough juggling everything. We sometimes have to wear many hats – mother, wife, friend, daughter, chauffeur, life coach, disciplinarian, mediator, and all-around cool person. There’s better things to do than pick sides on an asinine argument.
Whew! I’m glad that I got that off my (ahem!) chest.