THIS is for everyone that says to cover up.
THIS is our right.
THIS is for everyone that rolls their eyes.
THIS is for the ones that say go feed your baby in the bathroom.
THIS is for the ones that say "we don't want to see that".
THIS is for the ones that say "do you have to feed them HERE? NOW?"
THIS is for US.
THIS is for or children.
THIS IS OUR RIGHT!
We never should have to be told that we should go somewhere else to feed our babies. We should never be told we are disgusting. We should never be told that we are immodest. Immoral, looking for attention, sexualizing ourselves, or our children.
Yesterday I was told a breastfeeding mom should respect others and make OTHERS comfortable. How about making the MOM and BABY comfortable! How about that??
Why do breastfed moms get dirty looks and eyes rolled? How about you smile and say "Can I get you a glass of water?"
Breastfeeding is not easy. Breastfeeding is hard. You get kicked in the face. Your nipple bit. Pulled. Pried. Twiddled. Your hair pulled. Scratched. All while someone is looking at you rolling their eyes and saying
"Can you go to the hot car? " Can you go sit in a hot car and eat?!
"Can you go to the bathroom and do that" Would you like to go eat your hot steak dinner in a bathroom next to a toilet?
"Can you cover up?" Can you cover up while you eat because chances are I don't want to see your nasty face eating... Its hot under a blanket. Try it over your head -- While eating.
It is the law that ANY breastfeeding mom can breastfeed at ANY place ANY time wherever she is legally allowed to be and NOT cover up.
STOP shaming moms. THIS is natural. We were made to do this. It is not okay to make a mom feel bad about feeding her baby. Its just not okay.
Stop sexualizing breastfeeding. You see more boob on Tv. On the beach. In a magazine. I GUARANTEE you've seen more of the Kardashian's boobs then you see in this photo right here.
Stop making your kids uncomfortable and telling them not to look at a breastfeeding mom. YOU make it awkward. I guarantee a child doesnt know that difference. Or care.
My kids have seen it and been around it their whole lives. It doesnt even faze them.
Here's my thing...
I have a special place in my heart for breastfeeding. I breastfed for 5 years total. I support it. I will ALWAYS advocate for it. BUT This does NOT put down moms who don't, or cant.
I SUPPORT YOU AS LONG AS YOU FEED YOUR BABY!!
If you want to breastfeed in public. Do it.
If you want to breastfeed covered. Do it.
If you want to breastfeed at home. Do it.
If you want to pump. Do it.
If you want to bottle feed. Do it.
It is your right.
Do me a favor... Next time you see a breastfeeding mom... Just smile at her. I promise it will change yours and her day.
Normalize breastfeeding -- Because it IS normal.
PLEASE post a photo of you breastfeeding in the comments because we support you. We have your back.
And finally please share this photo. For two reasons. Because you support breastfeeding. We need your help making this normal. And because everyone should see how not only normal this is but how BEAUTIFUL it is!!
Credits: Alicia Samone Photography
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