A photo on Facebook has sparked my opinionated comment. I’m interested to know how others feel about public #breastfeeding
I find that a lot of people who object to public breastfeeding don’t understand how breast supply works. Breasts are not a factory that just magically keeps making milk. Breastmilk is made when nipples are stimulated by sucking. No stimulation, no milk.
Sure, it’s no problem to feed the baby a bottle in public. But it’s a problem to keep having enough milk if the mommy’s breasts are not used exactly when baby feeds.
Not stimulating breasts means no milk. So, to maintain ideal milk supply, if the mommy has to go out in public, her options are to breastfeed baby in public or to pump while bottle feeding her baby. In public.
I would definitely prefer to breastfeed in public, because then all I have to bring is my baby and his diapers. To maintain my milk supply without breastfeeding in public would mean that I’d have to bring not only my baby and his diapers, but bottles, cooler bag, pump, power source for the pump, and some sort of cover (because obviously, you’re not gonna want to see me pumping in public, are you?)
And that’s assuming that I’m not one of the unlucky mummies whose breasts just do not work with a pump, no matter how hard she tries.
I’d need two strollers! One for my baby and one for my pump (and paraphernalia). I’d rather save the money on all this equipment for my children’s education than your comfort.
Boyfriends don’t die if you don’t make out with him. Breast milk supply will die when you don’t remove your breast milk from your breasts.
Comparing breast feeding in public to making out with your boyfriend in public really doesn’t do much to support your statement that you don’t think breast feeding is disgusting or sexual.