Breastfeeding in public is ALWAYS a huge topic of discussion, and I know everyone has an opinion on covering up or not. I don’t quite frankly care what people think about my breastfeeding style although it’s generally a mix of both, because I only care about the most effective way to feed my baby. Isn’t that what it’s all about after all? We aren’t all trying to be prudish over a baby eating, right?
Regardless of personal belief, I don’t always cover up when breastfeeding in public. I thought that it would be super important to me before Sweet Baby J was born, but I realize it’s not. I bought a scarf to wear for when breastfeeding in public, and I registered for another cover I received as well. We always have them packed in the bag, but they aren’t always convenient. Convenience isn’t just about something being readily available after all. Sweet Baby J is not the kind of eater who makes it easy. He doesn’t magically latch himself on for instance.
Sweet Baby J loves to put his hands in the way. This often makes breastfeeding in public or otherwise a two person job as I’ve said before. On top of that, I can’t see where my breast is in relation to his mouth all the time when covered. He’s flailing and my field of vision is obstructed making it impossible for him to get a good latch and for me to not be beyond frustrated. The struggle is real here folks.
So in all honesty, I don’t cover up every single time I am breastfeeding in public. It doesn’t bother me if other women don’t either. The truth is I feel that we need to get beyond thinking that it’s somehow sexual or that women are flaunting their bodies in public when they feed their child. First, they’re feeding a little human. Second, you barely see any of their breast. Third, we as a society judge each other far too much and none of us have it easy.
If you cover up, what’s your favorite cover? If you don’t, do you have any stories to share?