Sunday, March 10, 2013

In my generation, or in this generation of babies being born, women do not speak about breastfeeding in public. Yes, it is known that breastfeeding is best for the baby and mothers look forward to being able to do so.  In my case, I was embarrassed to see other moms breastfeeding in public before I had my own child. All I could say, is that it was weird, but maybe because I grew up in a generation that did not promote breastfeeding. Once a mother, breastfeeding became necessity, my baby boy needed to eat. I felt obligated; it was my maternal instinct to do so. Yes, I will confess that the first couple of times I had to feed in public I was anxious and nervous of “what would they say?” I could even sense the anxiety and nervousness in my husband. As the months passed, I started caring less as I noticed or came in contact with other women who encouraged it and approached me with encouraging words for breastfeeding. After all, it is what’s best for my baby. Hence a painting of myself breastfeeding, not in public, but I suppose it is a testament to my courage to do what is best for my son. Even though it may seem to others as normal or repugnant, for me breastfeeding was a journey and a connection with my son Lucas

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