Ok so this is me breastfeeding Tiggy on a mountain railway somewhere between 1/2 and 3/4 of the way up Snowdon. I hope the guy sat behind (should he ever stumble across this article) doesn’t mind my using this picture but his face depicts I’m sure the response some people have seeing a woman breastfeeding. I’m almost certain he hadn’t even noticed what I was doing and he’s just aghast and in awe of the breath taking views from the train windows. For illustrative purposes only we’ll say it’s his response to breastfeeding.
Much has been made of the subject in the media and press over the years, certainly of late, and I completely understand that some may feel uncomfortable witnessing this entirely selfless and beautiful act but I believe that says more about their own possible issues and insecurities than it does for the person who is simply feeding their baby.
I’m not suggesting that I would feel comfortable sitting somewhere with my breasts exposed while doing this but as you can see from the picture taken of me with my middle son it was just a photo capturing our smiles on our family day out oblivious to what I’m doing. And that’s just my point, breastfeeding is a natural, wonderful thing that a woman can do, it’s not about making a statement or provoking shock or reaction it’s a necessity to feed your baby and the fact that you can do it on demand, with all the associated and documented health benefits for your new little one is surely a remarkably wonderful thing to do.
I have to say that I have been fortunate enough to breastfeed all of my children and I have yet to encounter anyone who has made me feel uncomfortable or said anything derogatory to me and as you can see from the picture I have breastfed here, there and everywhere, even at the top of a mountain!
For those that wish to breastfeed and may have some difficulties there are various ways to seek help and support. Click on this link for some details on helplines and breastfeeding websites.
Good luck with breastfeeding and enjoy the closeness and bond it gives with your new baby. If you’d like to share your experience of breastfeeding I’d love to hear!