Before I start writing about the actual topic of this post, I would like to point out that this is MY blog, my opinions and my life. I do not mean to disrespect anyone with what I write, but I do have the right to speak my voice. As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, my opinions do not matter to those who disagree with me and I respect that. With that being said, I would like to write about how I personally feel about breastfeeding.
A few months ago before my beautiful son was born, I mentioned on this blog that I am all for public breastfeeding. As a mother who is now breastfeeding, I still stand with what I said. No degrading look, or nasty comment is going to change my mind about that. I don't agree with that fact that men and women are the same, in my eyes there is a difference, and there is a big difference between a mans nipples and a woman's breasts. For that exact reason, I would not walk around the streets topless, but thats just how I feel about it. Like I said, my opinion is just mine and people can do whatever they want. However, when it comes to feeding my son, it is a completely different story. If I'm on the bus, at a cafe or anywhere else in public, and my son is hungry, then yes I will absolutely without any shame feed him, without a second thought. That is not me showing my boob because I can, or for attention or whatever else reason. It is simply just so my child will not starve. A baby, just like any other human, feels hunger and needs to eat regularly. Breastmilk just happens to be what babies eat. Not an infant in the world finds it shameful to be fed when needed so I really do not understand when or why people grow up to be taught otherwise.
I fully understand that just with anything else, there can be complications with breastfeeding such as there simply is not enough milk to feed a baby, and for those reasons is formula a wonderful alternative. However, for a woman with completely fine "functioning breasts", I do actually not understand at all why someone would choose to not breastfeed their child. Obviously it is a mothers individual choice and I would never tell someone they are doing the wrong thing. But I personally just do not see the point in deciding not to breastfeed. Yes, the first couple of days may hurt, it can take time for the baby to understand how to suck properly but all that goes away eventually and it becomes so natural and such an incredible thing. It is so cool to breastfeed, how milk just appears like that in the female body to provide for their children. My favourite time with my son is when I breastfeed him because it is a bond that only the two of us share, it makes us closer and it is just the cosiest thing in the world. Because of that, I would like to breastfeed for at least one year. I do not understand why someone would let all that food go to waste and instead choose to pay for something that they can get for free. I can't imagine the bond is the same, and the development often slows down because of it. So for you incredible mothers to be out there, I highly recommend breastfeeding, it is truly amazing. But of course do only YOU know what is the most comfortable for you and your child. And all you mothers out there, never forget what an extraordinary job you are doing <3
Since this was the topic of this post, I would like to share this photo where I am breastfeeding my son on a public beach next to my sister without any shame. And a gorgeous photo of my little one sleeping so peacefully <3