Why is Breastfeeding Not Normalized Yet?
After giving birth to Logan the thought of breastfeeding made me feel uncomfortable for some reason. I wasn't uncomfortable when I saw mothers nursing their babies so why did I feel this way?
I think because breasts are so sexualized and are totally okay when they serve a sexual purpose but when they are used for the main purpose of feeding our children and not for sexual pleasure they become some kind of horrendous act.
I only every experienced the sensation of pleasure when in relation to that part of my body so of course it makes sense to be confused with the feeling of breastfeeding. For the first few weeks of my breastfeeding journey I felt this strange feeling whenever I nursed. It was as if I was expected to experience some sort of pleasure from it because that's what I was used to. I felt so confused about the whole experience and I didn't want to say anything to anyone about it,
I would hide my breastfeeding baby from the world in hopes to not disturb the old man across the diner or the uncomfortable teenagers eyeballing me. I know if I was in my bikini they would all be wishing for a nip slip and yet here I was feeling shamed for doing only what is natural. Even members of my family find it gross or just inappropriate which just shows how unjust our society is when it comes to the female body.
I know you're probably a little nervous about breastfeeding in public.
But, remember: You are not alone.
There is nothing shameful or embarrassing about it. It's just another way to feed your baby, and there are plenty of reasons why it's a great one!
I've got all the tips and tricks you need to make sure that your breastfeeding experience is as comfortable and easygoing as possible—whether you're out for coffee with friends or staying home with your baby on a weekend afternoon.
Don't be shy! If you're breastfeeding in public, you're doing something amazing that deserves to be seen. If you need help making the decision, ask someone at the store if they have any nursing moms who could provide a little extra support.
If someone asks, tell them your story! It's been said that women who breastfeed are more likely to talk about it, so if someone asks what's going on, don't be afraid to share. Everyone has an opinion on this topic—it's up to us to make sure we're sharing ours with people who might have questions or concerns about it.
Find a good spot! You want to make sure you are comfortable and making it feel most natural for you and your baby.