8 Replies to “Love and Kindness in the Midst of Breastfeeding Shaming”

  1. tara pittman says: Reply

    I too was intimidated by nursing and the majority came from my husband. With the first he was always worried about what others would think.

  2. I was so intimidated at first to breastfeed in public. Now 17 months later I feel like I have lost all worry and am ready to talk to anyone who makes unkind comments about it.

  3. I breastfed all 7 of my kids, living in Hawaii I think we are much more understanding. I’m also a Pediatric and OB/GYN nurse so I think in my circles it is such a normal thing. It saddens me that some women have to go through these things.

  4. Carmen N Mobberly says: Reply

    My son just turned 19 months (REALLY!?) and he nursed until he was 13 months, then he decided to stop. I didn’t nurse him in public, except maybe once or twice. It had nothing to do with what I thought others were going to say or think, it was my comfort level. I preferred to be at home in a peaceful setting where I could relax while I nursed him because he had trouble latching on and I needed to be able to have my attention on him. Yes, even by the time he was a year old, sometimes he still had a hard time latching on. If I knew we were going out I’d pump and take bottles with me, unless I was going to my friend’s house where 7 kids were running rampant (I say that very lovingly) and she openly nursed her 8th all the time. Heck, she was more help than the lactation consultant at the hospital after I had my son! Anyway, I know so many people are so sensitive to the idea of a woman nursing in public and it’s a shame. We don’t cover our heads when we eat, so why should a nursing baby have to be covered? My son hated covers, lol. I love the people that stand up for doing what’s right, being a good mom and complimenting the mom’s that do what they think is best and not worry about others.

  5. As someone who’s from Africa (currently living in the UK), I had no idea about the stigma attached to breastfeeding. In Africa( at least where I come from), we freely do it. So you can imagine my horror when I sat in the middle of a shopping center and fed my daughter. For a long time I couldn’t work out why people were looking at us in such disgust until I asked a colleague. Sad but true. Great article

  6. It was in our local news I think yesterday a guy went ballistic about a mom nursing her baby at a chain store. There was a video of it, the store has a policy a mom can nurse her baby in the store. I had no idea people could be so outraged over it.

  7. I’ve never had children but I certainly admire women who make the choice to breastfeed when the baby needs it – not when and where so-called “proper” folks determine. Great Moms breastfeed (assuming they can) and do it when the baby requires it!

  8. I’ve never seen a Mom actually breastfeed in a way that is at all shocking or surprising. Every woman I’ve seen has been covered, and usually even the child’s head is covered loosely.. It’s not like people are seeing breasts in public, lol.

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