I am sharing a post I did on Facebook awhile ago. It was part if a online nurse in due to Facebook deleting pictures of nursing moms. I debated the whole week of whether to take part.
I have debated all week whether to take part in the Facebook nurse in by posting a picture of me nursing. When debating whether to do it I mentioned it to some friends. Some thought it would be awesome others not so much. The comment that hit me was from a friend who is Muslim and she said “why would you do that you are suppose to be modest no one wants to see that.” It hit me because as a Muslim I have come to find out Islam has much to say about breastfeeding. A child has a right to breastfeed for two years. Say a father and mother get a divorce during this time the father is to continue to support the cost of living for the mother and child during this time, because breastfeeding is that important. Say the mother dies during this time she is considered a martyr. So how would me breastfeeding without a cover in a picture be so rude ? Growing up I never saw a mother in my community breastfeed her child. Maybe if I had I would have had a better experience with my first child. Maybe I wouldn’t have mapped out every bathroom at every mall to breastfeed in so I wouldn’t offend anyone. Yes that’s right I breastfed my first child in a bathroom stall because of the thought of me offending someone. Yet I have learned since then. By posting this picture I am not saying I am better than the formula feeding mom or the bottle feeding mother. I am not more of a woman than anyone else by posting this picture. I am hoping by posting this picture that I can play my part by normalizing breastfeeding in public, that I give that one mom out there the courage to not feed her child in the bathroom. Maybe turn on the light-bulb for that black mother who has never seen a woman breastfeed and knows nothing about it. By posting this picture I am saying the is nothing rude about feeding your child.