WHAT DID SHE JUST SAY ??!?!? Breastfeeding ignorance at its best

Natalie - posted on 10/25/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Okay so last night , I was breastfeeding my 6 month old baby girl. My friend was over and we were just chatting. She heard my baby making her cute little humming noises she makes while she's eating and had the nerve to say "Umm, when she starts making noises like that while she's breastfeeding, it's time to Stop LOL" ....Implying that the noises my baby was making were sexual...I was so taken back. There is nothing in this world more innocent then feeding your child with your breasts.



And if that wasn't enough non-sense. Today I met with a woman who also has a 6 month old . She chose not to breastfeed her child. She then told me that the formula she was giving her baby (alimentum) was BETTER than BREASTMILK !! Boy was she misinformed !! I can't believe someone would actually believe this to be true ?

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Eileen - posted on 11/03/2012

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Oh my Gosh...Such ignorance!



My baby makes little noises when he eats and I think it's adorable! I think he's telling me that he's enjoying the milk. Lol! After I gave birth my breasts stopped being sexual objects, so it's hard for me to imagine anyone making comments like that. I take it she doesn't have children? I have nothing against women who decide to formula feed, but nothing's better than breast milk. It's ridiculous to say otherwise when there's so much research out there.

Mary - posted on 10/27/2012

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Next time your friend eats chocolate cake (or whatever her favorite is) and says "Yummmm", tell her when she starts making noises like that while she's eating, it's time to stop. ;)



Sounds like quite a week for you. I've never had anyone say things quite that crazy to me before.

Lori - posted on 10/25/2012

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You're right. It's amazing the nonsense you hear. It just makes me cringe anytime I hear anyone suggest that breastfeeding a baby is in any way sexual. They obviously have zero experience with it if they think it's sexual. Ugh! I have 2 girls, and a best friend who has 2 boys... very close in age to my 2. She has people tell her that she needs to wean or else her son is going to grow up obsessing about breasts. Luckily I haven't heard that one. But it's no big secret that the older the baby gets, the less support there seems to be. My personal experience has led me to believe that however long a woman breastfed her own babies is, according to her, the right age to wean. I'm surrounded by many moms who weaned their babies when they went back to work at 6 weeks. They just couldn't believe when I was still breastfeeding at 3 months, and still at 6 months. Now that my LO is 23 months and I'm still breastfeeding.... they just don't even know what to say to me. Many other women who breastfed until 12 months consider themselves very Pro Breastfeeding - at least until the baby is one.... then it's time to wean. When my oldest was about 18 months old I was out with some friends. I was talking with a woman who had a 12 month old who she had weaned at 9 months. She was just looking at both of our LO's and said she just couldn't imagine breastfeeding a baby/toddler that old. I sort of get it too. When I weaned my older daughter at age 2, I then had a hard time imagining still breastfeeding after that point. But now here I am with my 2nd one approaching her 2nd birthday and she's no where close to weaning. I can't imagine stopping yet. She's just too little to have to give it up, and now I know more about the heath benefits of continued breastfeeding. And ... if anyone says that breastfeeding is done for the Mom's emotional needs..I just want to rip them a new one. I know that I am taking care of my LO, so I'm happy to do it... but if were just ALL about me... I'd have weaned long ago.

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