Here's me breastfeeding. Again. (Actually, that's a lie. I had been breastfeeding but that baby right there is flat out asleep).
I am not, and never have been, a discreet breastfeeder. Why would I? It's natural. It's normal. I never felt it was something to hide. Or flaunt. When my baby is hungry, I just do it.
I believe in breastfeeding. It has been all kinds of fabulous for me and for my baby.
Sometimes though, I hesitate to share how I feel about it for fear of alienating non-breastfeeders or somehow making them feel bad.
I know not everyone has the same breastfeeding journey that I have had.
The women who go back to work and EXPRESS CONSTANTLY in order to keep their baby exclusively breastfed; the women who struggle terribly but persevere with breastfeeding – that's something to admire. Breastfeeding never threw those kinds of challenges at me.
So I don't claim any superiority because I breastfeed my children.
But I would like to see some of the wonky views about breastfeeding corrected. In particular, the view that it's gross, not normal. So in my small quiet way, I will post my breastfeeding photos. Because I believe in it, I want to help normalise the image of the breastfeeding mother AND because I happen to think these pictures are beautiful.
Advocating without alienating is a tricky balance. But I think it's possible to promote one choice while maintaining respect for the absolute right for people to go another way. But still, I seem to stumble nervously with my words.
So thank god for Gina from The Feminist Breeder. She has written The Feminist Lactivist Manifesto and believe me when I say it is the most fabulous and inclusive piece of writing on the subject of breastfeeding that I have ever read. EVER. It upholds the important benefits we know to be true about breastfeeding while maintaining the respect for every family to choose the right method of infant feeding for them.
I encourage you to read it and, if you agree with Gina, to share it with your women friends. And hell, the men, too. It's just that awesome.
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