As a child who was breast-feed, I never really though much about not breast-feeding my own children, it seemed like the natural thing to do. I have always thought it was the best choice to make it you are able to. I had family support and the luxury of staying home with my children until my second son was 1 year old. This made breast-feeding a much easier choice for me. I choose to pump breast milk at time so my husband could also be a part of this important bonding time with our son. For all the same reasons it is important for a mother and child to have that experience, I feel fathers shouldn’t miss out. I really enjoyed breast-feeding my children. I did find breast-feeding in public much harder. At times I felt comfortable and other times I felt uncomfortable like I was being inappropriate or judged by others. I do not think public breastfeeding is as well accepted nor supported in the U.S. as in other countries and cultures around the world.
This is one of the two the biggest obstacle women have in choosing to breast-feed or not. The second obstacle is being a workingwomen they defiantly need more support to make it possible to work and breastfeed. I have worked with women who had to return to work as soon as their paid maternity time was up. They had chose to breastfeed their child but found it very difficult to breast feed and work full time. Women are not able to bring their infants to work with them so have to pump their breast milk while at work or switch to formula once they go back to work to make it easier. Even women who are dedicated to breast-feeding have a difficult time finding times, proper spaces, and acceptance in a work environment to pump their milk. Many employers do not have a plan to support breast-feeding women.
In the articles, I have read on breastfeeding there are clearly a lot of differing opinions. I do not know that anyone can argue the fact that the female body was designed to breastfeed, and it is a natural process. However, cultural differences can make this a beautiful natural event that no one thinks twice about doing or see being done, or an overly private event that makes it more difficult to enjoy and to practice. Although I feel breast-feeding was the right choice for me I do not want women who did not choose this path to be made to feel bad or like they are not good mothers. There are many reasons women are not able to or choose not to breast-feed.
In some areas around the world breast-feeding is just so natural and a part of their culture that most mothers breast-feed their babies unless they are physically not able to. In other areas around the world especially less developed countries breast-feeding is actually a matter of life or death for infants. Children that are born into an environment with no running water or adequate food supply depend on breast milk.
The following link has stories written by women around the world sharing their experience with breast-feeding and observations of breastfeeding around the world. I recommend you take time to read some of these stories. http://www.007b.com/public-breastfeeding-world.php