World Breastfeeding Week: Breastfeeding in Public

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World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from the 1st to 7th of August all over the globe to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

World Breastfeeding Week has brought back so many memories of my breastfeeding days with Madeleine. Although I absolutely hated breastfeeding, I am so proud that I was able to do it for 10 months. You can read about my struggles with breastfeeding here

One of the reasons why I struggled to enjoy this experience was because of the stares I use to get from people when I breastfed my baby in public. When I was overseas, there was one time where I actually fed Madeleine in the toilet as I struggled to find a private place. Looking back, I am so ashamed of myself and would never ever do it again. I wouldn’t eat my lunch there, I don’t know why I thought it would be acceptable to feed her there! I let my own fear of what people thought about me over her hygiene safety.

I am shocked that breastfeeding in public is still so frowned upon and almost considered inappropriate in many cases especially in some countries. I felt somewhat ashamed and guilty for breastfeeding my daughter. It was always those who didn’t have kids. They just didn’t understand that when a baby needed to eat, they had to eat. One of my friends was told by a passing male that it was sexually disgusting that you’re feeding your toddler in public. This makes me furious!

I have faced my own triumphs and difficulties trying to breastfeed. It is a skilled learnt by both mother and baby. It’s not as easy as it looks and it definitely doesn’t “just happen”. When you finally get the hang of it, the last thing you want is someone telling you that it’s disgusting, wrong or inappropriate! It is completely natural and shouldn’t be frowned upon.

I am embarassed to say that even though I’ve been through it all and experienced all the pressure, I am still frightened and scared of breastfeeding in public. I would never ever starve her, but it has made me want to bottle feed her instead. I am ashamed that I feel this way!

So, I encourage all the mothers out there to post a picture, leave a comment. Embrace World Breastfeeding Week and help normalize breastfeeding in public. We shouldn’t have to feel like this! One of the reasons why I think people react this way, is because they are unaware of the benefits of breastmilk. This will be my next blog post, please keep an eye out for it!

Disclaimer: Please remember that fed is best, no matter if it’s breastmilk or formula.

9 thoughts on “World Breastfeeding Week: Breastfeeding in Public

  1. I am not a mother yet, but I whole-heartedly wish that women everywhere could safely feed in public. No one has any business commenting on this, or making someone uncomfortable. Like you said, when they need to eat, they need to eat! Thank you for putting this out there πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Laura! Thanks for reading and commenting. It is important to get the word out there, as the struggle is real! I get so self conscious breastfeeding outside of my home. With greater awareness, hopefully more women would be able to comfortably breastfeed in public, and it wouldn’t be so out of the norm! πŸ™‚ Xx

  2. Very well written post! I’m so shocked too that breastfeeding in public is frowned up. Something so beautiful and natural. But people see nothing wrong with big advertisement boards with half naked girls. great post!

    1. Oh Yes! Good point! It is crazy that people would accept half naked women, but find it odd seeing a breastfeeding mother?! It is so sad. Luckily, I haven’t been told off yet, but if someone did want to say something, my answer would be, “You don’t have to look if you don’t want to!”.

  3. I feel like you have taken the words out of.my mouth. I pride myself on not letting others judgment affect the way i felt or acted but having to deal with the looks of disgust or not so quite whispers about the fact your SIMPLY FEEDING YOUR BABY. It wears you down and honestly looking back at the way I let it get to me makes me feel ashamed of being ashamed!
    Great post xxx

    1. Hi there! Thanks for commenting. I get really furious when people give me a look of disgust! I’m not flashing them, I’m just simply feeding my baby! It makes me feel shy and I feel ashamed for feeling this way! But hopefully with awareness people can be more open to it as it’ll be the norm! Thanks again 😊😊 xx

  4. I still can’t believe breastfeeding in public is frowned upon by so many people! It’s a natural process! I read through the comments here and can tell you’re not the only mom to be made to feel bad about it – things have to change!

    1. Yes definitely Christy! It is nerve racking already having to do it in public but to also have such negativity, makes me almost not want to breastfeed at all. I feel terrible about this! Hopefully with World Breastfeeding Week we can raise enough awareness so that it gets normalized! πŸ’•

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