Παρασκευή, 11 Ιανουαρίου 2013

Where I Breastfeed

At a park, one of my favourite places to breastfeed...


I really want to share some thoughts about breastfeeding in public.
When my baby had to breastfeed the early days, I was feeling a little uncomfortable if I was in public. It's weird, but I had no problem to breastfeed in front of strangers, but in front of some relatives of mine. I fought this and now I feel ok!
For me it's very important to be able to breastfreed freely whenever and wherever my baby wants. I feel no shame, I feel PROUD! And I feel it's something that I have to do, especially in front of young women. Because when they're gonna have their own children, breastfeeding might be a little easier for them than if they have never seen a woman breastfeeding before!
When I breastfeed in public I feel I'm doing something good for the society. That's why I don't cover up. Good things must be seen, right?
Do you breastfeed in public or you don't feel so comfortable about it?

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  1. The first time I breastfed in public my boy was 2months old.I was so nervous that everyone was gonna look at me and point at me.The truth is noone was caring enough.After all my baby was another human being eating in a restaurant mom's food. Now after 14months we still breastfeed in public and I'm also so proud of keeping it that way.

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  2. You are such a huge inspirations to me! I will be honest, I always feel the need to cover up while breastfeeding in public. I don't know why I feel this way and I wish I didn't feel this way! Reading this makes me so happy to see such confidence! You go girl! Thank you for doing this and posting about. This is how nature intended us to feed our young.

    I am hoping if there is a next baby, I will have the confidence you have!



    Have you ever encountered a negative response from breastfeeding in public? I am just curious if you have, and how you handled it? If you haven't, how would you handle it?

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    1. It's ok to feel that way! Most women have the need to cover up. The reason I never really felt this way is because I have been a nudist and being clothes free comes so natural and easy to me. Loving my body was something that helped me with breastfeeding and breastfeeding made me love my body even more---AMAZING!

      Nobody have ever told me anything negative about breastfeeding in public. But I've heard stories. If it would happen to me I guess I would smile and say something polite, but I would still breastfeed...

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    2. Nudist...huh. Very very interesting! xoxo :)

      I am glad to hear you have not gotten any negative feedback about breastfeeding in public! That makes me happy!



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    3. Hehe...

      I remember, there was a girl from the Usa in Santorini (I used to live in this island when I was pregnant...lucky me!) who was really excited because she could swim topless. She had told me it was illegal back where she was living. That would be too annoying for me...

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  3. Oh, you are so inspiring! I confess, I have never breastfed in public. I have gone to my car when needed. I have heard of so many negative responses to moms breastfeeding in public in the US that I just could not even attempt it. I am ashamed that I feel this way. More importantly, I am embarrassed for our country that so many people find this beautiful, natural act offensive. I hope that if I have a second child I will be brave enough to overcome my fears of the possible reactions of others and just do it!!!! You are absolutely right that young women and girls need to see this! I AM proud that I am the only member of my family who has breastfed successfully.

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    1. Well, maybe if I had a car I would do the same :)

      I know, it's sad! Breastfeeding in public is a tabboo in Greece, too. It's crazy if you consider that in some countries the women have to cover up their whole bodies, but they're totally allowed to breastfeed in public! And we can walk around in our mini skirts, but hesitate to breastfeed! CRAZY!

      Congratulations for being the first woman in your family who breastfed!

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  4. I didn't feel comfortable at all in public at all at the beginning which surprised me because I thought I wouldn't care. And was more uncomfortable in front of men, which again isn't what I expected. Good for you though, if more women did it more often then people would get more used to it and then other new mums would feel better about it.

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    1. I have to admit that it was weird for me at first, too. Not with everyone, just with the men of my family (my dad, brother and grandpa). It turned out that my grandpa was the coolest and the others, after a couple of awkward moments were perfectly fine with it.

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  5. Αυτό το σχόλιο αφαιρέθηκε από τον συντάκτη.

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  6. Beautiful!! I'm a bit shy in public (I try to do it in the car or with a cover, if I can) but I'm trying to outgrow that. I know that it's such a good thing to see for young girls so they can be familiar with it, so I'm trying to get over my shy-ness. :)

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  7. Second time breastfeeding for me. I find if I don't care than others will pick up on my attitude. The only time I have had odd reactions is from my partner's family. Being Chinese they have a different mind set than I do. My mother in law actually bought formula and told me I should be feeding Jarvis that and not breastfeeding. (Was so annoyed formula went in the bin). Now Jarvis is 13 months old I tend to get comments such as "are you STILL feeding? Jarvis is too old" and similar. He only has about four feeds a day, mostly before sleep, but I believe if he still wants to feed than I will continue.

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    1. I like your attitude!

      The first thing my mil bought me was bottles, although she knew I wanted to breastfeed...I understand the situation. I get those comments too but people don't get it too far with me because they want to be able to see Nereus...when are these pragnancy hormones leave? haha

      I think you're doing fine!

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  8. I absolutely breastfeed in public and while I do try to stay modest a bit by letting my shirt cover things a bit, I don't use a cover. My one year old has hated being covered up forever! With my first I worked full time, so I pumped at work and he got bottles while I was gone. I am so thankful that my friends and family are so pro-breastfeeding!

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    1. Cool! I'm glad for you! The most annoying thing for me is that I have noticed that women get more offended than men.

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  9. Good for you, this is so empowering! xo Crista @ Hands and Hearts More Than Full

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