So today I read a comment. A comment about breastfeeding, always a subject I will get irked up about! A comment about a woman who found it ‘uncomfortable’ to sit near someone who was breastfeeding. Why did this irk me so much? I don’t know! I know everyone has the right to have their own feelings about breastfeeding, about anything, but ultimately she is being judgemental of this breastfeeding mother, who quite possibly found the situation she was in stressful anyway let alone if she was aware of the feelings of those sat near her.
I am yet to come across any negativity personally when feeding in public. If anything though I get more and more aware of those around me now my baby isn’t so much of a baby! He’s now a bigger baby. One that most would view as ‘needing to be weaned’, seriously why is it everyone thinks you reach 6 months and have to stop! Why is it the general public aren’t educated and made aware of the WHO guidelines of at least two years? But thats another rant! So I know as he gets bigger people are going to have more opinions on it. He’s also less subtle about it now. He will pull my top down himself if he really wants to get at his food source and will equally throw his head on and off the boob in accordance with distractions around him. I know people are going to judge. And I’m fully prepped with my quick witted come backs for anyone that dares pass comment to me.
I will never understand people who find it ‘uncomfortable’ or an array of other words, to be around a baby feeding, doing what comes naturally, having their meal just like said person sits and eats at a table. I respect everyone has a different view but I don’t see why something as natural as breastfeeding has become such a taboo and hush hush experience when in public these days. Its the most natural thing in the world that women all over the world are doing, yet when Beyonce did it it made headline news?! Surely its wrong that something so natural should make headline news! It should be an every day occurrence that isn’t even thought about!
Its funny because the course I’m currently studying looks a lot at society and how opinions are made and created. And I guess thats where my annoyance with those who have issues with breastfeeding comes from.