The Booby Monster Series: Breastfeeding in Public

If you’re going to breastfeed and you don’t want to lock yourself in your house for the foreseeable future, you’re going to come head to head with breastfeeding in public. I’ve noticed my breastfeeding progression to be something like this: I started out never leaving the house and then when I got stir crazy, I tried feeding Logan under one of those covers, he hated it, so I stopped using covers and tried layering my shirts (one to cover my belly fat and the other to cover the top of my boob), but we live in freaking Texas and layering in the summer is crazy talk, so now I just whip my boob out in public (as discreetly as I can manage). You can call me an exhibitionist if you want to, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I’m just a mom feeding her baby. Personally, I’d rather see a lady breastfeeding her baby that see some chick walking around with her boobs hanging out of her top. Now, that’s just me.

I’ve noticed that public breastfeeding has put a bad taste in some people’s mouths. I just don’t understand this. Forcing moms to feed in the super hot car or the dirty bathroom is so wrong! Not to mention, we have rights. Yes, rights to feed our baby where and when we need to. But, you (the disapproving public) are really great at the shame game. You shame moms into feeling like they have to hide to breastfeed or they’re being disruptive or disgusting. Well, shame on you.

It’s hard enough to breastfeed in this world of formula and “Your baby is how old and you’re still breastfeeding?!” Yes, and I’m going to continue breastfeeding until he tells me he’s good and ready to stop. So there. No, he doesn’t eat solids, but he is receiving all the nourishment he needs and I’m happy to do my part in creating a healthy child. I AM NOT ASHAMED! Quite the opposite. I’m PROUD of breastfeeding. I sustain another human. So you can take your judgement and walk away.

Not to mention, would you rather hear my son scream bloody murder because he’s hungry? Or would you rather I feed him and you’ll barely notice he’s in the room? I’m not trying to make you uncomfortable, but I am trying to make him comfortable. That’s my job as his mom. Please consider that.

New moms, you have rights. Please don’t feel ashamed to feed your child if you need to. You’re not doing anything wrong. You’re doing something wonderful and don’t let anyone forget it!

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