World Breastfeeding Week 2019 Day 2
Welcome back as we celebrate another day of World Breastfeeding Week 2019! As we look at 2018 it marked a huge victory towards normalizing breastfeeding, all 50 states made it legal to breastfeed in public. Although it is now legal, it does not stop those who want to publicly shame mothers who should be afforded the opportunity to breastfeed without having to confine themselves to bathroom stalls or other designated areas. In locations such as Georgia, where I currently reside, the weather can reach unreasonable temperatures and the humidity out of control. High temperature and high humidity make it uncomfortable for any mother trying to nurse and then add a layer to top it off, I don't think so! Shaming has got to stop in our community and we need to support and uplift other mothers who are trying to breastfeed their babies. If you don’t think so, read what this lovely mom has to say about her ordeal after being shamed while breastfeeding this year in 2019!
“I have been breastfeeding for 3.5 years now. When I started my nursing journey, I was disappointed because it was very difficult for me. I ended up with mastitis twice, once in each breast within the first two months of having my daughter. I had to use a nipple shield to allow my cracked nipples to heal, but after that, breastfeeding became easier and easier. I had thought about quitting every night for at least a month, but I had a goal to nurse my daughter at least 6 months. I talked to a friend and cried to her about the pain and she gave me the strength and encouragement to keep going. When 6 months came and went (easily), I gave myself a new goal of at least a year. Then when my daughter was 7 months old, I found out I was pregnant again. I kept nursing her, even though my nipples became sore again. Again, I pushed through the rough patch. I nursed her until my son was born (she was 16 months old). I wanted to tandem nurse, but she was drinking all of the milk and leaving little for the new baby. I even had to supplement with some formula for him that first week or two.
I have mostly gotten encouraging words from most people throughout my journey until recently. I was nursing my 2-year-old son at the pool in our neighborhood during the weekday and later that afternoon, someone had posted a snotty remark about us on our neighborhood Facebook page. It quickly received over 200 comments and my friends in other neighborhoods heard about the incident. The poster didn’t have the guts to say it to my face. I would tell any new mom embarking on this journey to not listen to the negative comments and to find a group of women who will support you and breastfeeding. I am very proud of my breastfeeding journey and I am thankful that I have been able to feed my children and bond with them in this way. I hope that one day breastfeeding will be normalized and every mom who chooses to or not can feed her baby in peace”