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Breastfeeding in Public
With more and more women breastfeeding, it’s common to see women breastfeeding in public. There seems to be quite a divide between women on breastfeeding because it’s just not possible for all women to breastfeed for many reasons, whether they have to go back to work or their child suffers from food allergies. Some women also find it painful. I know I did at the beginning! We should all understand that most everyone does the best they can when it comes to the care of their children.
I’ve been hearing a lot of controversy around breastfeeding recently. A waitress in Texas recently offended a breastfeeding mother by trying to cover her boobs and baby with a napkin! And British Chef Jamie Oliver in getting a lot of heat, (...and not from the kitchen!) for criticizing mothers in the UK for not breastfeeding enough. Some women are saying it’s none of his business! The debate about breastfeeding seems to be stronger than ever as some women are choosing to breastfeed longer and the World Health Organization now advises breastfeeding until the age of 2.
I’m in the UK and breastfeeding (especially after six months old) is even less common here than in the US, so it can make you feel really uncomfortable if you’re breastfeeding in public, especially if you’re nursing a toddler! I am still nursing my little girl who is almost two and a half. I have yet to see another person breastfeeding a baby the same age as my daughter in public, so you do start to feel like a bit of an outcast, especially as an American! I have been lucky enough to stay with her and I haven’t had to go back to work. I never thought I would be nursing this long though! I was hoping that she would just lose interest in it, but she doesn’t show any signs of wanting to stop! I have started weaning her now, but each day is a struggle. The more I tell her no, the more she wants to nurse! I have to distract her constantly. It is really hard work!
What are your thoughts on breastfeeding? What would you do if someone tried to cover you up in public like the woman in Texas? Do you have any breastfeeding stories to share?