I know that in our culture breastfeeding is usually considered taboo, or maybe a little weird, or sometimes it’s OK but only until a certain age. To me, breastfeeding is completely natural, and beautiful. It’s a beautiful connection between child and mother. There is nothing shameful about it. It should be celebrated, instead of hidden. It should be honored instead of put-down. This kind of negativity around breastfeeding will affect the breastfeeding mother. Any negativity around breastfeeding could steer a mother away from breastfeeding in the first few weeks. Why? Because breastfeeding, while natural and beautiful, is very difficult, painful, and can feel isolating.
I know, because I’ve experienced all of these things.