3 Breastfeeding Experiences I Wish I Could Forget
I support breastfeeding. Really, I do. Especially with World Breastfeeding Week upon us, I appreciate having the opportunity to breastfeed my children. I believe that breast is best, but I got to tell ya, it wasn’t always fun. Like those times I found myself tangled in unimaginable breastfeeding positions. Or battling with a baby that refused to use a nursing cover. As a whole, I loved my breastfeeding experience and wouldn’t change it for the world, but these 3 experiences pushed me to the limit in ways I had never experienced before…
#1 Breastfeeding position I (and my husband) wish I could forget took place on the road. The drive from Las Vegas to our hometown of Los Angeles takes about five hours. This particular road trip, with our infant daughter in tow, took us a whopping 10 hours. Every two hours we had to stop to soothe her. She was teething, hated the car seat and we were all miserable. At hour six, I sat in the back seat with her. But at hour nine, in the homestretch, we refused to stop the car. Unable to listen to her cries any longer, I propped myself up, whipped my girl out and fed my baby. Kind of like the woman pictured here, but vertical. It’s what I had to do, and I’d do it again in heart beat, but garnering the attention of truckers and other drivers was not that awesome. It sucked, actually.
#2 breastfeeding experience I wish I could forget happened while some friends were visiting from out of town. While we live in Vegas, we don’t make it a habit to visit the Strip with kids. But since our friends invited us to dinner at a casino restaurant, we obliged. My daughter never took a bottle, so a babysitter was out of the question, and when it was time for her to enjoy a meal, I decided to take her out of the upscale restaurant. I went to the restroom, but there wasn’t a seat. So, I sat on one chair out of 12,000 that was pulled up to a slot machine. Within five minutes, security informed me that I wasn’t allowed to sit there, breastfeeding. I even pretended to start gambling! After some back and forth, I eventually sat on the casino floor (!) while my screaming daughter finished eating.
The #3 breastfeeding experience I wish I could forget involved me maneuvering into the most restrictive breastfeeding position to date. While at a minor league baseball game, my toddler daughter needed to eat. Under other circumstances, I would have just fed her there, in public, with a nursing cover. But because stadium seating is so tight, and my daughter so tall, I decide to check out the restroom for possible spots. After realizing there was no chair in the bathrooms, no benches in the walkways, I had two choices for that moment’s breastfeeding experience: the concrete floor or bathroom stall. So on a public toilet, restricted within a very narrow stall, I held my child practically vertically so that she can eat. It was disgusting and really grossed me out thinking of all the dirty things that could have gone down in that stall. Yuck!
While I am encouraged by the advocacy for women breastfeeding, I have to wonder how our society really views breastfeeding. Sure, my kid could have been a bit more laid back, but many facilities don’t make it easy for breastfeeding moms either.
How about you guys? Do you have a breastfeeding experience you would rather forget?
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