From the day BiP was born my intention to breastfeed was often met with a vast number of questions. The one that has been asked repeatedly is “Isn’t it so demanding? Don’t you want your FREEDOM?”
I know I am not alone. Many women are asked about their compromised freedom when having a baby – as if breastfeeding is to blame.
Now BiP is close to 17months (and YES, still breastfeeding) I feel it’s time I talked about the freedom TO breastfeed.
FREEDOM POINT 1 – It’s just there!
My breasts are with me all the time, best part is they don’t need sterilising, mixing or shaking (even if BiP does try the last 2). I feel I have more freedom breastfeeding than I would bottle feeding because I don’t have to worry about temperatures, water, sanitation etc … Kinda kills that killer advice “Oh, just give the bottle – it’s SO much easier”.
FREEDOM POINT 2 – It’s MY decision!
I made a decision TO breastfeed. What is it to you? My breasts, my baby, my choice? I don’t chirp in about how you feed your baby so why do you do insist on doing it to me?
FREEDOM POINT 3 – Maybe I want to go out WITH my baby!
My favourite question when BiP was about 3 months old was, “don’t you want to go and spend a weekend away with you husband?” – Ummm yes, that would be lovely but I WANT my baby with me. Breastfed or not.
Personally I still can’t imagine leaving BiP for more than a few hours at a time but guess what? That’s MY choice.
So there you have it – so many see breastfeeding as something that holds women back – what about letting us be and accepting the fact that we are FREE to choose to breastfeed?
What would you add to this list?