First things first, this is not a post “bashing” people who don’t breastfeed. I don’t care how you feed your baby, after all, it’s your baby, and I know that sometimes breastfeeding isn’t the best option for a mum or a family.
Dear Breastfeeding Mums…
I would like to say two things, I’m sorry and thank you.
Having not got on with breastfeeding with Oliver (more on this another time I’m sure), I was naive and ignorant prior to Grace being born. I saw mums I knew, and mums I follow on social media, breastfeeding and some things about it didn’t sit right with me.
I’m a prude, so lobbing out a boob for everyone to see was never going to be my cup of tea, but I never “got” why you would do this. I knew breastfeeding was recommended, and has lots of benefits for mum and baby, but I didn’t understand why you would keep doing it for longer than you “had” to. I didn’t really get why people thought they had to talk about breastfeeding so often, I found it a bit overwhelming.
Now I know I was wrong.
Because of you, I knew it would be ok to sit there with a boob out and not have to hide (not that I do this in public!). I now know that you don’t have to stop at six months, and the benefits continue for as long as you do breastfeed. I’ve learnt that breastfeeders talk about it so much to stop people thinking the way I did, to make it normal, and to try and give other mums the confidence to try breastfeeding themselves. I’ve found I’ve become one of those mums who talks about breastfeeding often, and I’ve been in the position myself offering support to other mums. This is all because of you.
To all the breastfeeding mums, whether you did it for one day, one week, one year, or more, thank you for being you and providing the support I (and others) need. Thank you for helping me become a better educated mum. I couldn’t have got this far without you!