I'm what I like to call an "Avid Breastfeeder" as opposed to a "Militant Breastfeeder." I'm all about helping women to breastfeed as long as both they and their baby want to: whether it's one month, or several years. As long as mom and baby are happy, I'm happy. If breastfeeding isn't working, and formula is, then great! And vice versa. I just want mothers to feel empowered to make the choice that's right for them.
I have done extended breastfeeding with both of my biological children, and to this day, I wish I'd been able to breastfeed my adopted children. Breastfeeding has been a wonderful bonding agent for me, a Mom who isn't naturally the "nurturing type." (For anyone who knows me, they'll admit that's basically a huge understatment.) I can be strict. I can be stern. I can be a disciplinarian. But nurturing? It doesn't usually come naturally, and that's why I loved breastfeeding. It was probably the only area where "nurturing" came easily. And for that, I thank the good Lord.
Anyway, I'm linking to an article published in The DC Moms about a woman who was kicked out of a local DMV for breastfeeding. Yeah. Ridiculous. You don't have to be a "Militant Breastfeeder" to be incensed on her behalf. Anyway, if you want to read the whole story, it's entertaining. However, what I want to highlight today is the author's final remarks, which, if you've ever been reprimanded yourself for breastfeeding in public, completely ring true, and may also make you laugh out loud:
"Oh, and for anyone who is offended by the sight of a woman breastfeeding? This former nursing mom suggests that you carry a light blanket with you and gently drape it over your head if a breastfeeding mother is nearby."
The Right To Breastfeed
by Rebekah at DC Moms