Next week is World Breastfeeding Week and this month is National Breastfeeding Month. Although I’ve nursed both of my kids and am a huge advocate of breastfeeding, I don’t usually post about it because I know it can be controversial. I know wonderful mothers who have bottle fed, they are smart, their kids are smart, and their families are happy, and I never want to make a hard-working mom feel bad.
But I do believe in getting the message out there. I want to take the fear out of the idea of nursing. I want moms who feel it’s the best, but aren’t sure about how it all works to be able to try. I want people to get past that difficult first few weeks and into the bliss and convenience of breastfeeding a baby. I want working moms to know that it might be a pain, but it can still be a pleasure. Most of all I want to normalize breastfeeding. It IS normal. It IS natural. It is NOT sexual. Seriously, it’s NOT sexual.
So for the month of August I’d like to feature breastfeeding stories. Share your story with me and I’ll post it here for my readers. Let me know if you had a rough time and got through it, if you didn’t nurse your first baby but nursed your second (or third or fourth), if you thought you’d be grossed out by somebody sucking on your nip and ended up nursing for 2 years, if you always knew you’d nurse and jumped right into it, if you got stares at the mall while your little one lifted the nursing cover or if super nice people were supportive as you nursed as a plane took off. I’d like to share some positive stories of nursing here.
I’ll throw in some of my own stories of course. No controversy, no down-your-throat, just letting people know that it can be good, and that we aren’t afraid to share.
Edit – I realized you need a place to send your stories! Email them to me at momseyeviewnyc at gmail dot com
Here’s me nursing Declan at the zoo like one of the wild animals…