Wednesday, April 3, 2013

If You Don't Support Breastfeeding in Public, You Don't Support Breastfeeding

Kudos to Katharine McKinney for her recent article in the Huffington Post about breastfeeding. So many of us are "for" breastfeeding, and know that it is the best for your baby, but when asked about breastfeeding in public the responses are not all positive.

Why do we support breastfeeding - so long as it is done in the privacy of our own homes? It's as to say give you baby what's best...when you're home. When you're out, well, that is a different story.

With over 85% of women attempting breastfeeding after delivery, but only 25% of women still nursing at 6 months, shouldn't we be more supportive of mothers who are trying to do what's best for their baby? For some women, breastfeeding comes naturally and the experience is easy - for many, though, it is a constant struggle with balancing schedules, maintaining a good diet, keeping up milk supply and juggling all our other daily activities. How are we supposed to get anything done, when we have to run back home for a feeding or sneak away to a car or (gasp!) a bathroom? As Katharine points out, "it's hard enough to be a mother without being told a laundry list of ways and places you can do something as simple as feeding your child without offending sensitive masses."

Katharine goes on to make some additional, great points about the reasons people give for why women should not nurse in public. You can read the full article here:

Thank you, Katharine, for sharing your opinion and standing for what's right.