Ivy's 5 month update is on the blog today!! Apparently it's #worldbreastfeedingweek so I wanted to share a little bit of our story.
I'm so proud to be exclusively breastfeeding, and blessed that I've been able to have this privilege. •🍈🍈
So #thisiswhereibreastfeed: I used to cover up but I no longer give a shit, mainly because it's been so HOT. I breastfeed anywhere. I try to make it home before a feed but if we can't, we can't. I've breastfed while walking through an ikea, at a Starbucks, at a target, and in the car. I've never and will never breastfeed in a public restroom and I'm super lucky to live in NYC because no one has an issue with me feeding my daughter. •🍈🍈
I did NOT think I would enjoy breastfeeding. Before I was pregnant I always talked about how it scared me and how I didn't think it could ever be for me. Everything changed when I read about all the health benefits + I saw Ivy's ability to latch right away. We never had any issues, so we are super lucky. The latch was always great and she goes back and forth between expressed milk in a bottle and the breast with no issues. •🍈🍈
Something we rarely talk about is how exclusively breastfeeding is a PRIVILEGE. It's a lot of time and effort on the mother's part, and many women don't have the financial means to stay home and nurse exclusively for the first year like the APA recommends. I am blessed that running my own business has afforded me this privilege and this time with my daughter. •🍈🍈
So people of the world: don't judge anyone's decision to NOT breastfeed. With maternity leave in the US seriously lacking, it is a difficult choice many mothers have to make. •🍈🍈
And to anyone who takes issue with breastfeeding in public, or for longer than 3 months.... that's nice, but literally no one cares about your opinions so stop asking me to cover up or when I plan to wean 😘
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