at a political rally.
"I've always been supportive of mothers feeding their babies however they feel is best.
Breastfeeding wasn't normal to me, I grew up around formula and bottles. The one time I remember seeing a mother nursing in public was when I was managing a retail store and one of my associates pointed it out. I told her to leave the mother alone and get to finish working .
Fast forward a few years and I became that awkward new mother trying to feed her baby.
Things were made more complicated than they needed to be with my first born. He had a short NICU stay, had a bottle preference, tongue/lip ties, and I didn't know where to look for help. I was too embarrassed to attempt to nurse him anywhere outside of my bedroom so I continued on to exclusively pump for him. My instincts told me that if I wanted to be successful in the future that I needed to arm myself with knowledge. So I spent the next two years learning as much as I could about breastfeeding and lactation. My youngest child is now fourteen months old. She was also tongue and lip tied which made our feeds more difficult in the beginning when paired with my forceful letdowns.
I stayed home as much as possible until we had her revision due to such messy feeds. As spring rolled around my older boys needed to break out of the house. I was nervous again but knew I wasn't doing anything wrong. I did a lot of feeding in the car at first as I mastered the two-shirt method.
My first official public nursing session was at eleven weeks, we were on a packed flight home from Austin. My anxiety was through the roof but nobody acknowledged our feeding sessions. I was told over and over how awesome it was to have a sleeping baby on the flight. After that I knew I had it down. That experience was the confidence boost I needed. I have been feeding my daughter with pride and not thinking twice about our surroundings ever since.
I hope that by resuming my normal life it helps encourage others to do the same. Life doesn't have to stop just because we have children to tend to. We all start out by fumbling around and feeling nervous but if we stick together it will become easier for the mothers of the future.
I was excited to add this event to our list of places I've nursed. Zoos, restaurants, beaches, airports, planes, and now a rally to support the candidate I align with the most?! Awesome!
Tuesday is voting day in Wisconsin which means we will be taking the kids with us to cast our votes. Even if they grow up and have different beliefs than us I hope they look back and remember us teaching them about the importance of voting. We hope that they continue to notice that our lives have continued on, and have been tailored to meet their needs along the way; which, includes nursing whenever and where ever it's needed." - Heather