How my children pretending to breastfeed in public made me aware of how I felt about breastfeeding in public.
And as for my children? As they grow, I want them to see breastfeeding as normal...something miraculous and worthy of utmost reverence, yet something everyday that happens when babies are born until they are ready to wean. At six and four, they help prepare and deliver meals to families with new babies and we talk about the needs of the new mama and baby. We talk about the struggles some moms have, what support we can offer, and what options are available for feeding their babies. We discuss their breastfeeding history and talk about other nursing babies, toddlers, and children we know. They see animals nursing their babies...and they see my mama-friends nursing their babies, just as nature intended it to be.
Amber Sparks is a mama to two boys, one breastfeed for 10 months and the other for 3.5 years. She supports mothers and families as a Mommy/Baby and Family Yoga teacher and blogs at Heart Wanderings.