By: Leah Mutart
As I'm sure everyone knows, I breastfeed my son; and while I, personally, never caught any flack for nursing in public, I know of too many women who have. There are so many arguments against breastfeeding in public and I would like to address some of the most popular ones.
1. "Just cover up!"
Sure. Let me throw a warm blanket over my child's head, depriving him of fresh air. Plus, who wants to eat covered up? It's pretty boring to look at essentially nothing, right? Because it's so boring and stuffy, many children (my child included) will thrash about doing all that he can to get the blanket off of his head causing an even bigger scene than had he not been covered to begin with.
2. "It's simple. Pump and bottle feed! Duh"
Have you ever pumped? Do you know how annoying it is? Or how painful it can be? Do you know how hard it is to find time to pump when you're also nursing every two hours around the clock? I hate pumping. It's time consuming, there's tons of pieces to wash and sterilize. Plus some women (like myself) do not respond well to a pump. It can take me two 20 minute pumping sessions to provide just one bottle. It's all around just inconvenient. Many aspects of my life have become inconvenient since having a child. Showering, laundry, cooking cleaning, has all become challenging and inconvenient for me. I knew it would happen, I'm not complaining, just trying to make a point. Breastfeeding (while it has had its challenges) has become one of the most convenient aspects of being a mother for me. My point being, if peeing has become inconvenient for me, and I find breastfeeding incredibly convenient, why on earth would I create another inconvenience for myself to appease someone who is not my child? Did I mention some babies, like mine, refuse to take a bottle, anyway?