1. Breastfeeding in public is all about modesty
No it’s not. If it was about modesty people opposed to breastfeeding in public would be going up to every woman in a low cut top and telling her that she was offending them.
2. When they are old enough to ask for it they are too old.
Um. No. Arbitrary. Some kids speak before they are 1, others not until they are 3. A baby communicates their wants and needs with smiles and coos and crying. Why should those wants and needs be ignored when they can say a few words.
3. When they have teeth they are too old for it.
Some babies are born with teeth. Or get them really early. Some don’t get any until they are a year old. Again arbitrary and stupid.
4. Once they can eat solid food/drumstick they are too old for it.
Turns out that breastmilk contains things that food doesn’t. Plus it’s comforting. Yes, even more comforting than a drumstick.
5. When I have children I won’t do that.
You really can’t know what you will or won’t do.
6. It should be a private thing
The basic premise of house arrest is tempting but I think I’ll continue to live my life
7. Breastfeeding is just another way of oppressing women
Or not. Do what you want to do. But if anything being able to breastfeed is something that I am really proud of and that I really enjoyed.
8. There is no physiological need for breastmilk past a certain age. It’s just comfort.
I’m not sure about the truth of this statement but I really don’t get what the big deal is about comfort anyway. Children need alot of comfort. So do adults. I’m not suggesting that adults breastfeed but I don’t see the big issue with children continuing to breastfeed for comfort over physical needs.
9. If they are walking they are too old for it.
Again arbitrary. One thing has nothing to do with the other. It seems to me we are getting into a blatant fumbling around in the dark for any milestone indicative of age as a reason that we shouldn’t be breastfeeding.
10. Breastfeeding mothers should stop making formula feeding mothers feel guilty.
I’m allowed to be proud of breastfeeding and allowed to advocate the many benefits. I’m talking about me. Talking about my choices is not a judgement on anyone else’s choices. I’m not making anyone feel guilty.