A response to Can We Please Stop Talking About Breastfeeding
Please keep talking about breastfeeding.
“I’m going to just get right down to it. Breastfeed, don’t breastfeed, but for heaven’s sake can we please stop talking about breastfeeding?” TJ Falletti writes.
My answer, “no.”
Absolutely not. Why?
Because women need support. Women need to know that other mothers have struggled. We need to know that we are not alone.
The whole world needs to be talking about breastfeeding. Women have been breastfeeding for centuries, but guess what? The advent of formula and the marketing of said formula, convinced mothers that breastfeeding wasn’t necessary.
Women stopped breastfeeding. They stopped talking about it, and that’s why lactivist’s exist. That is why I am so passionate about letting mothers know that they are capable of breastfeeding their offspring.
It’s my personal cause, because I beat the odds. After two generations of women in my family using formula for their babies, I beat those odds and nursed my child for 19 months.
I breastfed my son, because I read the research, I perceived it as the safest form of feeding my child. I wanted the best for him, just like you want the best for your child.
Was I judged? Yes. Was I name called? Yes. Was I told to quit nursing? Yes. Was I told to give my son formula? Yes, repeatedly.
Did I receive breastfeeding support? Yes, and because of women who shared their experiences with me, and those that posted photos of them nursing their babies, I continued to breastfeed. I was successful, not because my drive to succeed, but because of women who talked about breastfeeding.
So yes, I support you.
Breast, bottle, tube or whatever method you use to feed your baby, but will I stop talking about breastfeeding. Hell no.
I won’t stop until every mother I meet feels the support of her nation. I won’t stop until women stop making the news for being asked to leave a store for feeding their baby when they need to. I won’t stop until breastfeeding support is as wide spread as formula advertising.
While there may be always a jerk that says something rude, there should always be women who talk about breastfeeding so you know that you have support and that you aren’t alone.
Our babies need us to feel supported. They need mothers who have confidence to breastfeed, and for breastfeeding to be normalized. Without talking about breastfeeding, that won’t happen.
That’s why I’m going to talk about breastfeeding. Why don’t you join me too?