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I saw a story in Yahoo wherein Jackie Johnson-Smith breastfed her baby in a restaurant and received this note from the waitress:
|Image from Yahoo as Courtesy of Jackie Johnson-Smith|
I am still breastfeeding Bella until now (she is turning 2 next month) and I am not ashamed of doing it even on public. I was oblivious of the fact that in some countries, they look at breastfeeding as something that needs to be done in private. But what if the baby gets hungry while you are in a public place?
It is time that people will have a wider and deeper perspective on this. Breastfeeding is not about exposing a mom's breast but it is about feeding a baby. I breastfeed Bella even when we are on a public vehicle or in restaurants because I think of her sake first instead of thinking of what others will say. If grownups can eat in public, why can't babies eat in public in the form of breastfeeding? If only people can think of the real value of breastfeeding, then they will surely appreciate moms who breastfeed their babies.
In our country, it is okay for us to breastfeed in public but of course, there are still breastfeeding areas in shopping malls. Some people who are open-minded would not be bothered seeing a breastfeeding mom but there are still some who look at it as improper. The truth is, it is not the act of moms that is improper. It is the dirty thoughts of those looking. If only they would just put aside their dirty minds and think about the benefits the baby can get from breastfeeding, then they will surely be able to understand it.
Since I do breastfeeding in public, allow me to share to you some tips on how to do it. Well, the first thing you need is the determination to keep your baby healthy and then everything else will follow. Aside from that, take note of these points:
1. Wear clothes that has buttons or zippers on the front. It could be a two-piece outfit or a dress. Just be sure that you can open your clothes easily and be able to breastfeed without exposing a lot of skin.
2. You can also bring with you a poncho, a shawl so you can drape it over the exposed part of your breast.
3. Scout for places where you can do breastfeeding. When in a restaurant, breastfeed on a corner or on areas where people won't directly see you like an out-of-the way table. Face away from people.
Breastfeeding is best for babies, for mommies and even for the entire family. It has so many advantages like protecting the baby from different diseases and it can also help moms in so many marvelous ways. Why would we let our babies cry and fuss when we breastfeeding can make them feel calm?
Breastfeeding is my perfect way of taking care of Bella and no one else can do that for her. I know moms who breastfeed can relate to this. Some moms even struggle a lot from breast engorgement and pain but still breastfeed. While others have that strong desire to breastfeed their babies but are unable to do it because of some reasons. Moms who are able to breastfeed would grasp the chance to provide healthy milk to the babies. Breastfeeding is our way of showing love. And no one can stop us from loving.
I am a breastfeeding mom and I am confident of this decision that I have made even before Bella was born. I am confident of feeding my baby even in public because I know this will make her healthy. If other people think that this is a malicious act, then I do not care. Their dirty thoughts is a mark of ignorance. They are unconcerned of the welfare of babies and moms. Then, why be bothered about these people?
If you are a breastfeeding mom, be brave enough to feed your baby even in public. After all, the breasts were made not for lusting but for breastfeeding.