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8 Responses to Normalizing Breastfeeding Through Solidarity

  1. Anayah

    Great ideas. Solidarity and continuing to show how normal and beautiful beastfeeding is will go a long way to change the stigma and ostracism many of us have felt. As an African-American woman, I know we also need more viability amongst each other, which is why a ferns and I launched the Brown Mamas Breastfeed Project. If there are any moms who see themselves as part of this, please consider submitting photos: http://www.soulvegmama.com/brown-mamas-breastfeed-project/

  2. Melissa  

    What a great case for empowerment! I have been the recipient of positive remarks while nursing a few times and each one has made such a huge impact!

  3. Moorea  

    Yay. I said “you’re my hero” to a mom who was openly breastfeeding her three-year-old in my favorite restaurant. She cried beause, “I’ve never had anyone be supportive of us before.”

  4. Ruby

    I had few negative comments while bfing my firstborn, but the positive ones are the ones I’ll always remember. We were in a restaurant and my daughter, as usual, was fine until the food came, and then she started screaming. The place was full, and I never covered up around family and friends, and frankly, she hated me to cover up in public and would pull the cover off. I tried pacifying her with biscuits and gravy, but she wasn’t having it, so finally I started nursing her, under a cover, which she surprisingly did not snatch off this time. The elderly couple at the table next to us, who had been watching us with interest, smiled so brightly at me and said, “Well, see there! Gravy wasn’t what she wanted at all!” It brought tears to my eyes bc I got little support at home even. Whenever I see a nursing mother in public, I always tell her how proud I am of her, esp since sometimes even our partners aren’t very supportive. Mamas, we have to support each other! I was so proud recently when I took my now 3 yo to story time at the public library and we had THREE mothers nursing their babies without covers, and one child was even a toddler. I almost cried. I couldn’t talk to all of them, so I picked the closest one, the one with the toddler, to tell her how proud I was of her.

  5. Janine  

    UGH the two-faced women (WOMEN!) who claim to support breastfeeding but don’t want to “have to see it” are worse than the formula companies. I recently read an article stating that nursing in public is poor etiquette. When I questioned the author, several more women chimed in to agree that breastfeeding is great but not without a cover. She tried to call herself an advocate of breastfeeding simply because she (privately) breastfed her own children.

    I hope that I make a difference with my lack of modesty and willingness to pop my boobs out and feed my baby no matter where I am.

  6. Moorea  

    oh and FYI, my album Whip It Out: Songs for Breastfeeding donates to LLL an Best For Babes to support all moms who nurse in public
    http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mooreamalatt

  7. Marla  

    There are no other Mothers that BF openly and/or “full term” to my knowledge in my rural area nor did I know any growing up (openly or privately). I was nervous (still am occasionally). I wanted to “feed on demand” and then decided this could also be a segue to uncharted territory for neighboring teens and adults. My conviction has outweighed my nervousness knowing I had to…”be the change I wanted to see”.

    I do utilize my nursing tank top and a thin shirt on top for seamless manageability, that my little one doesn’t seem to mind. (just my preference) My hope is that I can at least inspire someone to nurse.

    To the Mothers that are nervous about nursing in general or whenever needed… wherever you are…take courage that you might be inspiring someone!

    BTW my continual Thanks to all the bloggers and comment-ers out there!!!! You have been/are my support and the whisper in my ear, to keeping on going! My babe’s contented nursing smile is priceless!

  8. Amy  

    Yes! Solidarity, support, and modeling the gift of nursing our children will eventually turn the tide. . . it is so frustrating that our society puts such a hold on what’s normal and beautiful because of unhealthy stigmas, both sexual and social, but moms that are not afraid to do what’s right and natural for their children openly really help to make breastfeeding a natural and normal occurrence. We can advocate for breastfeeding and support moms in LLL groups and hospitals and WIC offices, but what really will turn the tide for moms is mothers doing as mothers naturally and rightly do, openly and honestly. Solid post! Thanks!