Breastfeeding is a beautiful
thing. It's a bonding moment between a mother and her baby. It's a special time
for closeness and nourishment. It's also hard. Very hard. And sometimes it can
even be awkward.
Today real moms are sharing the embarassing parts of
breastfeeding, and the ridiculous things they've been told or asked while simply trying to feed their baby.
"Somebody actually came up
and said that she had teenage boys with her and if I would mind 'doing that' somewhere else. I smiled at her and said my baby is hungry and needs to eat
here and now, so no, I cannot and will not take him somewhere else. Your boys
can manage." – Emily W.
"I was breastfeeding my
daughter in this beautiful park by our house, and some creep came up with a
camera and asked if he could photograph us. I said thanks for asking, but no." –
"My dad was visiting and we
were out shopping when baby girl got hysterical. No one was around so I pulled
one side of my tank down discreetly and girl latched and immediately calmed
down. My dad looked over, shielded his eyes and said, 'No! People don't do that
in public in real life! Only in raunchy movies. Don't do that weird National
Geographic crap.'" – Jordan R.
"I walked around Walmart one
day breastfeeding, no cover and got absolutely no looks. About five minutes
after my daughter was done nursing I realized everyone was giving me weird
looks. Finally a woman said, 'Excuse me Miss, but your shirt is down on one
side and your bra is showing.' #momfail." – Andrea S.
"While out for one of our
first postpartum dinners, my husband asked me, 'You're going to do that here?
Shouldn't you go to the bathroom and just sit in the stall?' Seven months later
and he has come around and I do it whenever, wherever I want, and not ever in a
bathroom stall thank you very much. But I do use a cover." – Amber L.
"I was nursing at a
restaurant last night and popped under my cover to check his latch, and after I
came back up the waitress says to me, 'I totally forgot you have a baby with
you!' She couldn't figure out why I was hiding under a blanket at the dinner
table." – Beth B.
My 7-year-old niece very loudly at a party said, 'I wonder how they know what part to suck on?'
"All the men in my life feel
the need to say, 'He'll get some of that later!' in a cheesy voice like they're
the first to say it ever. For example, say we're having a delicious apple pie: 'Baby
wants some! Oh, but he'll get some later…' So awkward." – Casey M.
"Somebody has actually told
me that breastmilk isn't beneficial after the first year. Um?! That's like
saying after one cup, broccoli isn't healthy anymore." – Bria S.
"My sister-in-law told me, 'I
would never breastfeed… It's too much like incest.' – Katie R.
"We had a lot of trouble
breastfeeding at first because of my baby's broken arm during labor. It was
tough but we got through it. I had someone tell me around one month that our
trouble was because his skeleton was misaligned and he needed a massage
therapist that specialized in babies. I didn't even know how to respond." –
"Someone told me once that I
only nurse uncovered because I am trying to 'make a point' about breastfeeding.
First of all, duh. Can we please normalize breastfeeding? And second, I don't
cover because it's much easier to get Baby latched when they're not hidden
under a blanket. Women should feel comfortable feeding their babies covered,
uncovered, breast or bottle, breastmilk or formula, no matter what." – Casandra
"My 7-year-old niece very
loudly at a party said, 'I wonder how they know what part to suck on?'"– Marci W.
"I've had multiple comments
about when we are going to stop (my son is 20 months), but the worst was
something I overheard at the play place at the mall. This woman was talking to
her daughter saying she thinks breastfeeding is 'sexual./ She said several
other things but that is what stuck. I never get very upset, but that made me
so angry that some people can be ignorant about something so natural. It made
me want to start nursing my son right in front of her but I refrained." – Irv W.
"My dad awkwardly asked when
I was going to stop, because she is already too big (she was 9 months at the
time). I laughed and told him, "When she is ready to stop, then I'll stop." She
is 13-months-old and we are still breastfeeding!" – Sophie B.