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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Embarrassed to Breastfeed

There is a video created by a mother called 'Embarrassed' which features her speaking to breastfeeding in public. This video was posted on July 4th and already has over 78,000 views. 

Breastfeeding was a choice we made when Gabriel was born. Fortunately I was blessed with a healthy milk supply and a good nurser- two things I do not believe every woman is blessed with. I do believe that breast milk is best for baby which should be no surprise because there is plenty of research to back it up but I also do not believe choosing to use formal is wrong. 

The breastfeeding vs. formula debate is a very heated topic in the mothering world. I think that BFing moms can be too judgmental on mother's who use formula but I also feel that BFing mom's are not respected in the United States.

I was incredibly fortunate to spend 6 months of Gabriel's nursing stage in Japan where BFing is strongly encouraged and accommodated for. (Most) mothers aren't trying to 'flaunt' their breasts or be obvious when nursing in public, shocking I know.  However, there seems to be a very low tolerance for nursing in public in the United States due to the exposure of partial breast even though our daily lives are saturated with nudity in advertising. In Japan there are nursing rooms in almost every mall that not only accommodate nursing mothers but formula fed babies as well. These rooms have a quiet spot for mom to nurse comfortably sans toilets and sanitary napkin trashcans away from the public eye, hot water dispensers and sink, a row of changing tables, and seating for dads as mom tends to baby. It's incredibly unrealistic to expect nursing mom's to stay at home to nurse and the culture of Japan acknowledges this. 

My confidence in nursing grew exponentially while we were in Japan. I'm thankful for my time there because it allowed me to embrace something beautiful, natural and extremely healthy for my baby. I'm sad to say that once I returned from Japan I was back to feeling self conscience about nursing and nervous about leaving the house because I wasn't sure about where I'd be able to nurse 'appropriately'. I do think it's a problem that is being overlooked rather than addressed in our country and others- mother's should not have to nurse their children on top of toilet stalls, avoid feedings, or ultimately feel pressured to switch to formula just so they can feed their child without making others fell uncomfortable. 

I absolutely loved this video and could not wait to share it with you.



 

8 comments:

  1. Absolutely awesome!!! Will have to share this one too i think!! Thanks so much for sharing! x

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    1. Glad you liked it! After I watched it and shared it with my husband there was no way I couldn't share it with others.

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  2. The timing of this is so appropriate - I was just about to pump before church because I still haven't gotten the hang of BF in public. I get stressed, so M gets stressed, and milk goes everywhere. :-/

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    1. So hard! Shouldn't have to be a stressful experience. My heart goes out to you.

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  3. I so agree with you! You made such a great point about the amount of nudity on TV and in ads, yet people stare and point at a breastfeeding mother--even when she has a cover on! I adore this post!

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  4. You know I love this. :) I actually just read this post on Birth Without Fear that I think you would enjoy!

    http://birthwithoutfearblog.com/2013/07/05/community-support-and-breastfeeding-make-a-difference/

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  5. Oh GOD AMEN!!! She hit the nail on the head. It is absolutely insane, and to me it just shows how degraded our world has become, health is demonized, I mean what is healthier than breastmilk? My daughter is almost never ill and we also chose not to vaccinate ( and did child lead weaning) and her peers are constantly battling something and have allergies or immune issues. My husband has had them his whole life. Sadly, the marketing folks have done a tremendous job in making women so ashamed that they instead give their babes something loaded with high fructose corn syrup and even aspartame, causing a life long addiction to sugar and sugar substitutes and even processed food.

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  6. That was a great video! Thanks for sharing! So happy you had the opportunity to nurse Gabriel in Japan! I was not blessed with a good milk supply or good nursers, but was committed to giving them breast milk so with the help of a pump and donor milk and bottles we are making it work for the second time now..., but I will say it is the hardest thing I have ever done and takes way more commitment and planning than I am used to. If by God's grace I am able to nurse #3 (please, please, please) you can bet nothing not even the public eye is going to stop me! Thanks for linking up to mommy mondays

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