normalizebreastfeeding

“The Greek name for the Milky Way is derived from the word for milk. One legend explains how the Milky Way was created by Heracles when he was a baby. His father, Zeus, was fond of his son, who was born of the mortal woman. He decided to let the infant Heracles suckle on his divine wife Hera’s milk when she was asleep, an act which would endow the baby with godlike qualities. When Hera woke up and realized that she was breastfeeding an unknown infant, she pushed him away and the spurting milk became the Milky Way.”

anonymous asked:

Why are you reblogging mothers breastfeeding their child?

That’s an excellent question, and I’m glad you asked. I’ve been thinking about making this post for a while, so I’m going to assume curiosity rather than a veiled attack. After all, I think it’s an interesting question.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children for a lot of reasons. The most direct answer is, I was encouraged to be encouraging by a bunch of the moms I know. In particular, a couple of them who are doulas/lactation consultants expressed a need in the world for more men to be vocally supportive and encouraging of breastfeeding, and felt that too few are, but they really appreciated my vocal support and encouraged me to keep it up.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children because I believe normalization means I’ve got to post it in a blog full of Volkswagens and trains to take it past just the parenting crowd.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children because it’s adorable.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children because I hope they’ll perceive it as a sign of support, though some do not get the intended message.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children because I don’t see it as weird, but just as something I am in favour of.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children because I like to fill my blog with positive things despite the sea of negativity one finds on the internet.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children because I hope people will see it and remember the simple things in life are the most important.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children because I want people to see it so much that they don’t find it unusual anymore.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children because I have no children due to infertility issues and we both want them more than I can express, so all I can do is be supportive of those who do and hope perhaps someday we can adopt.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children because my wife got super gung-ho about it during her first miscarriage and sold me on the idea so well that I’m still doing what I can to encourage it over a dozen years later.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children because I understand the benefits it offers the children.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children because I understand the benefits it offers the mother.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children because I’ve come to really respect them for what they go through, and for the BS they put up with but shouldn’t have to.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children because it’s just that important.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children despite knowing some people will take it the wrong way. I don’t take it personally, and I assume someone has done something to make them percieve it that way.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children because I think it brings a vital bit of humanity into a blog filled with so many machines.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children because I want people to understand that both mother and child are still as human as the rest of us, and that there is nothing wrong with that.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children because I grew up in a neighbourhood where I saw it all the time and I have trouble understanding how people can see it as weird, gross, or unseemly, and I’d like people to experience just a little bit of the same level of normal with it that I had growing up.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children because these moms deserve all the encouragement we can give.

I reblog mothers breastfeeding their children because we live in a world where people feel the need to question how it will be percieved, and I’d like to see us all get past that and just appreciate what they’re doing for their children.

I hope that answers your question. Thanks!

Breastfeeding a toddler is seriously difficult. I shared my body with her for nine months, now I’ve been sharing it for 18 more. She’s gotten to the point now where she just pulls it out on her own and starts nursing, and there is no telling her no. As much as I want to wean her, I think I’m going to hold off on it a little longer. She’s just so busy and independent now and it’s the only time she still feels like my little girl.

Breasts

were made for feeding babies. It happens to be a perk that my husband likes them, but their primary purpose is to feed a baby. Breasts were specifically made to feed babies. Their position on the body and the fact that when a woman gives birth her body makes milk in them. Milk that changes as the baby ages to best meet the needs of the nursing child. God really did think of everything.

So many times I have heard or read people equate nursing in public to urinating, defecating, or having sex in public. Apples and swingsets. Breastfeeding a child is in no way comparable to elimination or copulation. I’ve heard people say, “If the child is old enough to ask for it, they are too old”. Seriously? So if your kid can ask for an apple or a drink of water you won’t give it to them since they are too old? What kind of crazy logic is that? The real kicker was when I was told by a woman regarding breastfeeding, “We are Christians. We don’t do that sort of thing.”. O.o The idiocy of that comment made me speechless. For real, lady? Why did God make breasts and cause those breasts to make milk if not to feed your baby?

This idea that breastfeeding in public or breastfeeding a toddler or preschooler is dirty comes from a perverted mindset. What people are saying when they say that a child is too old to breastfeed when the child can verbalize their wants is that the child is asking to perform a sexual act with his mother. They are ascribing sexual connotations to the child’s desire for sustenance. That is disgusting. It is a perversion of what God created. It shows a preoccupation with sex in the individual who holds such opinions. Projecting sexual motivations onto a child is what pedophiles do. This mentality needs to be rooted out.

Women, we must not be afraid to do what is right, and it is right to feed your baby whenever or wherever he is hungry. It is my own opinion that trying to be ‘discreet’ by using a cover just draws more attention. It is a hassle to have to carry around a cover and then put it on before you get to feeding your baby. Most of the time when I have nursed in public (NIP) no one noticed. Those who did were usually mothers themselves and I would get a shy smile of encouragement. There have been a few times when I’ve had negative reactions, but knowing that those who are disturbed by it are perverted in their thinking makes it easier to ignore them. Let us not allow those individuals to disturb our relationship with our children.

This is on fb to my “nursing my "calf”“ picture. His reply to her was "suck a dick, nicki” which proves he had nothing else to say.
It’s funny because he’s one of those people who loves breasts, naked, covered, half exposed, until those breast aren’t being sexualized.
I wish I didn’t live 1.5 hours away from nicki (we go to mommy group together) because she is such a wonderful friend and so mature, I forget she’s 17 half the time.

On our roughest days, on our most joyful hours, breastfeeding is always the common denominator! Avery’s teething is beginning to take full force and there are times when absolutely nothing will calm him, but after a little quite time and a tender nursing session he is finally able to sleep the pain away. I could not imagine our life without breastfeeding. The bond is just so wonderful, and so unlike any relationship that anyone else could ever have with my son. I am his mommy and he is definitely a mommy’s boy!