I am so glad that National Breastfeeding Month is the same month as my birthday. I feel it is so important to normalize breastfeeding in the United States. First of all, breastfeeding is a right that some are denied. Here in the US many think its strange….”Why um, you know they make formula right?!” I do understand that most moms have to work and it’s not possible for them to breastfeed because they don’t have the privacy nor storage facilities to breastfeed. And I will not be one of those moms that ridicule a person for not breastfeeding as it’s not always possible. But, I don’t think that means it should be considered abnormal to breastfeed. Breasts are so sexualized, that breasts used for their main purpose is considered strange.
In many other parts of the world, they have breastfeeding rooms in restaurants or stores, I’ve never seen them in the U.S. It’s sad, its something that should be looked at as beautiful and natural and should be mainstream. Work places need to provide women with the right atmosphere to be able to pump or breastfeed their children. We as women need to make this happen, we need to unite and support mothers who choose to breastfeed. So many don’t because they think it’s not possible or it’s too difficult to do and work at the same time, and it just might be for them, but if it was made easier for women to do so, more women would choose to breastfeed. We need to stand up and voice our concerns.
So in support of National Breastfeeding month. Here’s my second child, nursing at 8 months, perfectly content and well fed.
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