One of the silliest things mothers constantly battle with is normalizing the nature of breastfeeding. I refer it as silly because something that is mean’t to be completely natural has been targeted as improper, wrong , and sexual. That’s right people, welcome to the 21st century. Where just about everything is “socially” acceptable, however, today’s moms are still frowned upon if they decide to breastfeed in public. I’m here to advocate for these women and myself. I’m here to educate those who may be considering it as well. We already receive enough criticism from the world, we as mothers need to elevate one another and support each other’s breastfeeding goals.
Breast IS Best.. and Normal
After learning all the amazing health benefits of breastfeeding for babies and moms it truly empowers me to continue my breastfeeding journey until my son and I are completely ready to let go. Choosing to breastfeed is the optimal way to establish a great foundation of nutrition for any child. Kaden is about to be 18 months, even though my milk may not be essential for him anymore, it will continue to be beneficial. It’s scientifically proven that breastfeeding will NEVER lose it’s benefits regardless the child’s age. Mother’s milk contains live antibodies which aid to our child’s health and immune system. Whether you nurse an infant or toddler it’s still just as nutritious. It continues to provide immunities while being a source of comfort too. This IS the best source of nutrition for newborns + infants + toddlers. It is also the ultimate natural and normal way of doing so.
“There is no need to add cow’s milk to your toddler’s diet as long as your baby is nursing at least 3-4 times per day. Cow’s milk for toddlers is really just a convenient source of calcium, protein, fats,vitamin D, etc. – it’s not required.” – Kelly from Kelly Mom (Toddler Nutrition)
There’s been several incidents where moms have been asked to leave facilities and often told to nurse/pump in the bathroom. It’s time to change that. The more people see babies at the breast, the more normal it will become. It is YOUR right to breastfeed where ever, when ever. The only state that has no law to protect BF moms is Idaho. Therefore, next time you see someone sneering at a breastfeeding mom let them know breastfeeding in public is LEGAL.
It is also a Federal law that an employer shall provide—
a reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk. A place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.
Ladies, we must encourage fellow mothers to feel comfortable knowing that they’re doing the right thing. We need to stand together this World Breastfeeding Week to spread awareness to such natural cause. As a breastfeeding counselor I can assure you that a simple act of support can really come a long way. A good amount of women stop or simply don’t breastfeed due to lack of support from their own family members. Be a source of light in their breastfeeding journey, because it is tough. It can get stressful, it can be daunting, but us mothers endure it because we love the bond created with our children. It’ can’t get simpler than that folks.
If you believe in the nature of breastfeeding be sure to spread love by using the hashtag #normalizingbreastfeeding on social media.
Feel free to reach out to me for any/all questions, concerns, or for more support! x
Thanks for reading, let me know your thoughts about this post or BF in general! x Happy breastfeeding!