Breastfeeding journeys vary greatly. One mama might have a bump free train ride complete with free food and a luxurious cabin. Other mamas may end up in the back of the train where they feel every twist and turn. As challenging as breastfeeding can be, it is made increasingly more difficult when brought face to face with unexpected and quite annoying questions. Instead of riding the train to the next station on your journey, you are forced to hit the breaks due to an unexpected road block. Here is a list to prepare yourself and what to do when it happens.
The "drop the cover" movement has been making its rounds online. It is pushing for moms who are passionate about the normalization of breastfeeding to freely and without a cover breastfeed in public. You don't have to breastfeed in the open to be a great mama. The most important thing is for you to feel comfortable when you are feeding your baby. If you chose to breastfeed in public and you're tired of worrying about looks or comments, then here are some photos to inspire you and hopefully give you confidence!
"You are STILL breastfeeding?"
"Yes, the breastfeeding train is still going." It truly is a wonder why anyone feels the need to ask this question. My best guess is that they are surprised, and the imaginary filter between the brain and mouth failed its job. BUT, instead of worrying or dreading these moments, BE PROUD of yourself! Mama, you did it! This comment means you officially hit a person's random ideal of how long anyone should be breastfeeding. Think about it, you could receive this comment even when your baby is only 3 months old. More likely, you will receive this comment with increasing repetition as your baby approaches 1 year old. Each "wow" you get is now your own additional badge of honor. But don't think that is all I have for you...
Feel free to print out your very own "Kiwi Cards!" (right click the image or hold down your finger to save) These cards are sure to help in any of those awkward, "yes I'm still breastfeeding" moments. I hope having a stack of these in your diaper bag or purse will give you peace of mind.
Jennifer Fletcher- Founder- Mother of 2 @NurseMeMama