I think most breastfeeding Moms would agree that we don’t get our jollies by exposing our breasts in public to make strangers feel uncomfortable.
I also believe most breastfeeding Moms are as discreet as possible because they really don’t want their breasts exposed to strangers more than is necessary.
I am far from being an exhibitionist, and I successfully breastfed two babies for three years combined, oftentimes in public, without a second thought. My intentions were always good. My intentions were also only directed towards my babies – not anyone else. I certainly did not breastfeed with a mastermind scheme to offend others or attract extra attention. I simply wanted to feed my hungry babies with the milk nature intended them to have.
I’m surprised that in 2012 breastfeeding families still face these issues that heap judgement and guilt on well-meaning mothers. There is such a high level of ignorance in America about breastfeeding. Breastfeeding, regardless of where it takes place, doesn’t need to be an issue. We have enough to worry about!
I am thankful for organizations like Best for Babes Foundation. Their mission is to change the cultural perception of breastfeeding and those barriers that prevent moms from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals. Their work is greatly needed and is most appreciated by the breastfeeding community and those who benefit from breastfeeding ~ our Mothers & our Children.