Given the many documented health benefits of breastfeeding for both mum and baby, I’ve always known that I wanted to breastfeed, should I be able to.
Before having baby, I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to ‘expose’ myself in public, but after actually being in the situation of having a hungry baby in a public place, it hasn’t been an issue.
I’ve happily been able to feed our little guy in places from the doctor’s office to restaurants, malls and extended family members’ homes. Shoppers at our local mall have even come up to me and congratulated me on being able to breastfeed when they themselves weren’t able to. Having this kind of support is invaluable for new mothers.
Most recently, I had a wonderful experience at McNie’s fish and chip restaurant. As soon as our meals came, babes decides that he too was hungry. So as I was feeding him in our booth, I was secretly hoping the others in the restaurant weren’t judging me in a negative way. (It’s never happened, but I worry about these things, perhaps unnecessarily.)
As I was ‘putting things away’ our waitress came over to ask how we were enjoying the meal and if babes enjoyed his. I half-heartedly apologized, saying I’d tried to feed him before we came, but that he wasn’t interested. She was so sweet and was like, ‘well that’s because he wanted to eat dinner as a whole family.’
I thought that was so kind and made me feel comfortable feeding my son in the restaurant, no awkwardness anymore at all. Having support is key to a successful breastfeeding relationship and I’m glad to have the support of my husband, and strangers. 🙂
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