Long before I even became a mother in 2013, there has been this on-going controversy over breastfeeding. There are many articles and social media posts that have gone viral over this topic. The most recent is a breastfeeding mother that was actually shown love and kindness instead of the apparent social norm in which being rude is the way to go. You can check out my article published on Kids Safety Network about it below:
I remember sitting on a toilet in a public restroom at the mall feeding my son in order to avoid vicious comments and ugly looks. It didn’t matter that my son and I were completely covered. So how amazing would it have been for me if breastfeeding stigma didn’t exist? Amazing, but unfortunately I may never know because my boys are long past breastfeeding days. […] After Briar’s son became fussy in the restaurant, she did what all mothers do and took care of his needs; she breastfed him at the table. A woman then approached her, complimented her on being a great mother, and began to cut up her food so she can eat as well.
Read it >> [My Heart Melted Over This Viral Breastfeeding Post On Facebook] KidsSafetyNetwork.com
Love and Kindness in the Midst of Breastfeeding Shaming
I know that when I first started breastfeeding, it was intimidating. I am the sole provider for this baby! What if he’s not eating enough, is he going to starve?! I remember worrying about how much weight my son was gaining and feeling disappointment and guilt when he wouldn’t gain enough weight at his wellness checks. It didn’t help that I didn’t have a support system in place that would encourage me through these dark mommy days. The last thing I wanted to deal with was breastfeeding shaming. I would receive rude comments whenever I would breastfeed, especially in public. My boss actually told me that maybe my breastmilk wasn’t good and I should just switch to formula (thankfully I no longer work for her).
That’s why this Facebook post really resonated with me. If we could show this amount of kindness in daily life, for what ever the reason, our society would be much better off. After all, it takes equally as much effort to be mean to someone than to be kind to someone.
Did you encounter breastfeeding shaming?
What breastfeeding challenges did you face?
How did you overcome them?