I Breastfeed. But I Don’t Want You To See My Boobs.
I'm about as pro-breastfeeding as they come.
I mean, I haven't staged a professional “nurse-in” lately but I have helped many women breastfeed in my work as a labor and delivery nurse, some more successfully than others, and I have stuck it out through breastfeeding each of my four children, as challenging as it has been at times.
I'm 100% cool with women who choose otherwise, or women who are unable to breastfeed, because let's face it, that's life, but I'm also 100% realistic about recognizing how cool the benefits of breastfeeding can be.
But as much as I'm waving the “Yay For Breastfeeding” flag over here, I admit that there is one place that I draw the line for myself:
Do I have a problem with women who don't cover up in public while breastfeeding?
Do I think there's anything sexual at all about women breastfeeding?
Do I think that every woman has a right to breastfeed how she feels most comfortable because for heaven's sake, it's a lot of work to feed that baby every few hours, amIrightladies?
But for me, that comfort level remains firmly in the “covered up” zone.
Honestly, I'd prefer never to nurse in public at all if I could help it. Breastfeeding a baby is challenging for me — my daughter has some latch issues on one side and the other side is a bit overzealous in its production, which always makes for an interesting scene if she decides to come off the breast at all during the feed. And then there's the fact that it's still painful for me sometimes, and I'd just prefer to feed her in a relaxed, more intimate setting.
Of course, it's not always possible for me to hide away in my home for a whole year and some public feeds are necessary, but when they do happen, I will be happily covered up. I feel more comfortable covered up and I don't think that mothers need to be on full display to be proud breastfeeding advocates.
Because the most important thing is that we're committed and supportive of each other in this breastfeeding journey.
So covered or uncovered, here's to us.
And our babies. Of course we can't forget the babies.
Do you prefer to be covered up when breastfeeding in public?