It's World Breastfeeding Week! And in its honor, I'd like to share some photos of my little man nursing. But first, I'd like to address a misconception that some people seem to have about women that nurse in public or share photos of their little ones nursing.
Some people seem to think that we breastfeeders are exhibitionists, just trying to get attention by whipping our boobs out in public and posting pictures of them on the internet. But anyone who knows me in real life knows that this could not possibly be true, at least in my case. Contrary to my blogging persona, I am actually a very introverted and somewhat shy person, and I don't really like confrontation. However, I will not hesitate to educate others or correct ignorance when it comes to a matter as important as this.
I feel that in order to normalize breastfeeding, people need to SEE women doing it openly and publicly, in person and in photos on the internet and social networks. As much as I'd like to say otherwise, it is not yet viewed by mainstream society as "normal" to breastfeed. So I do my part as much as I can. I don't seek attention, but I absolutely do not make any attempt to hide myself away when I feed my baby boy. I thank women that I see nursing in public. And today, I walked through Toys R Us with a 15-month-old latched on!
I will continue to do these things. I will continue nurse in public, and I will continue to post breastfeeding pictures online - not for attention, but because it needs to become normal again. When we hide it from society by sending mothers away to private rooms and shaming them into covering themselves, we are making it taboo and uncomfortable. We should go to private rooms to poop. But not to feed our babies!
So, without further ado, a sampling of my contribution to normalizing breastfeeding in public. If you are boobophobic, look no further. Otherwise, enjoy these pictures of my adorable Liam eating nature's perfect food!
|5 months old, at the zoo.|
This is one of my favorite pictures.
|8 months old and having lunch.|
|9 months old - at an indoor pool, shortly before|
being harassed and asked to move to a bathroom :(
|Last night, at 15 months - having a bedtime snack and as happy as can be!|
Happy World Breastfeeding Week, and keep whippin' em out!