It's still World Breastfeeding Week, and I thought I would write a post that is important for moms and dads both to discuss with their children, whether they're toddlers or older kids about feeding a baby. This is more of a issue than you would think, especially where I live which is odd considering that I have the right to feed him anywhere without being told to leave or what not.
I have found so many rude people when it comes to nursing my child, and I find it important to make this post so that moms and even dads can express the importance of feeding a baby. Back in early July, our family went to a local carnival that we usually go to but this time with our infant son who at the time was a little less than two months old.
Of course when I'm in public unless of course it's too hot or humid, I use my cover because I feel more comfortable in feeding him that way because of the looks I get even with a cover! It's beyond rediculous how this country thinks that the "normal" way to feed a baby is only with a bottle OR formula! I am not condoning formula as I fed my first two children formula but I have done a lot of research since 2014 and found that breastfeeding is truly what is best for babies and helps keep them healthy and it also forms a special bond between mom and baby.
While we were at the carnival, my husband took our older two kids to get us some pizza and soda and I was with the stroller and our son. Our son was hungry, so I got my cover out and sat down and discreetly fed him under it not showing anything but his feet as usual. Maybe 5 minutes into feeding him, this little girl was no older than 4 or 5 years old, and asked her mom "what is that baby doing, Mommy?", and her mom's response was "Oh, nothing important come on let's go".
I stood up and said "why would you tell that to your daughter, instead of telling her what babies do when they do not eat formula? Tell her he is eating mom's milk because not all moms want formula fed to their babies". She rolled her eyes, grumbled under her breath, and walked off. What's so taboo about nursing a baby? It's not wrong in anyway and is no different than if I had a bottle of my milk. I choose not to pump milk in bottle but once a day, because there is no need for it, and I don't want to.
It's important that you teach your children, both boys and girls about how babies eat; whether it's formula that you choose or need to do, or breastfeeding. There's no need to candy coat it. We let our kids know when they came to see me at the hospital with their baby brother that he won't be eating by bottle except once a day but even then it's mom's milk, and that he will nurse every time to eat other than that. It's normal for kids to be curious, but for the parent to just be down right ignorant about feeding isn't right at all.