Almost all the states have a law in place that protects a mothers right to breastfeed in public except Idaho and South Dakota. The third one Virginia, is finally set to pass a law that enshrines their right to breastfeed in public. Breast feeding, what do you think about it? I have been on both sides of this issue, feeling a little surprised by seeing a mother breastfeeding in public, and then when I had a baby, I breastfed anywhere!
I guess it is just something inside of you that changes once you have a baby, you are their protector and helper. Fear and embarrassment went out the door once the labour pains set in. All that mattered was that baby and that it was protected. I remember as soon as I had my daughter I put her on my chest and instantly she started feeding. And when my family, (and by family I mean an army of people) came in she was still feeding and I just let her continue. I had just had the baby and everyone wanted to see her but she was on my breast feeding, that is how they saw her. Looking back I feel a little strange at the fact that my dad and brother saw my chest, but at the time I really didn’t care, my baby was hungry! I am the type of person that doesn’t change in front of others, so showing off my body like that isn’t my personality. But the mother instinct is so strong that when my baby is hungry you stop everything to feed them. Of course after the hospital I always had a nursing wrap to cover myself, but I would breastfeed everywhere and anywhere. Most of the time people had no idea I was doing it! Especially with my second, since with the first I had a hard time breastfeeding, I take every advantage to feed him. I see breast milk like liquid gold as they call it and provide it when ever I can. I don’t understand why anyone would make such a big deal about a mother breastfeeding. Especially if she has a nursing wrap! Come on! Have you heard a newborn cry when they are hungry? It’s crazy! Feed the child, it’s so good for them! How would you like it if you were starving and someone said sorry you can’t eat unless you go somewhere where nobody can see you. What if you were down town and no place to go? So do you think it is fair for a mother to let her child suffer and wait just because you feel awkward? Sure you say why not feed the baby before you go out. A newborn feeds all the time, some more than others, so therefore you would just stay home all day! Leave these mothers alone to feed their little children. And plus most of the formulas on the market are full of GMO’s and other questionable ingredients. I only wish I could have fed my first baby more breast milk, but I can’t change the past! But I can change the future, and that is why I choose to feed her the best I can now.
Here is an article in the news on breastfeeding in public and how Virginia will soon allow breastfeeding mothers to nurse in public. Check it out here and let me know your thoughts!!