With World Breastfeeding Week coming to an end, I thought I would take this time to think about what I have learned this week.
I guess what I have realized is not really anything new, but I think it makes me a bit more sad. In this country, breastfeeding (to more people than I would like at admit) is thought to be gross, silly, and unnecessary. "If there is formula available, then why breastfeed?" Yes, this is a question I read from an article. It seems people are grossed out when they see a woman Nursing In Public (NIP), whether she is covered or not. Someone even said that nursing in public is no different than a man peeing in public. (really?)
Why is it so different now than it was so many years ago? Why now is our culture so grossed out by the most natural motherly behavior, but turned on by sexual nudity and vulgar words?
No matter how protected we are by the law, people feel the need to fight nursing moms and make them feel ashamed. Well I am here to say, I will not be made to feel ashamed! I am doing the best I can for my children and I will not be made to feel any different.
On the flip side, this week has shown me how we can stick together. Many articles have shown such wonderful and positives sides to breastfeeding and its supporters. Many moms, business, and families have gotten together to spread awareness, and that is just so beautiful!
This week has shown me just how wonderful breastfeeding is, not like I did not know that already......but a nice reminder is always good!
What did you learn this week?