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.