The first time I breastfed in public, in front of our parents was the funniest most bizarre experience as a new mother.
My husband’s mom (who comes from the Caribbean) would remove my nursing blanket when I breastfed.
She’s a womyn of very little words, so I assume she felt the baby could be suffocating. I was told, island womyn have no shame and are not ridiculed for breastfeeding in public.
On the other hand, my mom (American) went through great lengths to make sure I was fully covered with blankets. She even used her body as a shield, so no one would see how I fed my child.
What’s ironic about the situation is that my mother breastfed all of her children -- His mother did not.
So my mother’s overreaction surprised me, while I gained strength from my in-law's boldness.
Things did change as our babies approached their first birthday. At that point, I think both sides agreed I should give up the boob.
What has your experience been breastfeeding around your family? What was your response? How did those experiences mold your breastfeeding journey?
Until next time.
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