Using A Cover While Breastfeeding Is Not Wrong!

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I think too many times people take things to the extremes and sometimes it’s necessary, but most of the time it isn’t. With breastfeeding in public being such a controversial topic some people assume that if you are a breastfeeding mother you should breastfeed in the complete opposite manner that society expects you to and that is not what the mission is. The mission shouldn’t be to breastfeed in a way to upset the people around you. The whole point of normalizing breastfeeding is to breastfeed in a way that the mother and baby are most comfortable and sometimes the mom and baby prefer to use a cover. 

Someone choosing to use a cover and someone implying all breastfeeding women should cover are two different things. Choosing to cover with a blanket is not wrong, Choosing to breastfeed in a bathroom stall is not wrong, Choosing to leave the dinner table to breastfeed is not wrong, choosing to breastfeed in a parked car is not wrong,  if the mom is the one choosing that for herself. Those things are only wrong when someone is trying to bully someone into doing those things. 

People should not be criticizing covered nursing in general. When you talk bad about those who CHOOSE to cover it is harmful to our overall mission. I think some people lose sight of what we’re fighting for here. We are fighting for a woman’s right to breastfeed however her and baby are most comfortable. I just felt the need to reassure those who choose to cover or choose to breastfeed in a private location, they are not wrong for choosing to do so and that I fully support them choosing that. I do not want myself or my page Breastfeeding Mama Talk wrapped in with all the cover shamers. 

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Remember our fight is about normalizing breastfeeding so that moms can feel comfortable breastfeeding however they are comfortable breastfeeding. Our fight is against those who expect mothers breastfeed in a way to suit their personal comfort level. Shaming a mom for choosing to use a cover makes you no better than the people who shame moms who don’t use a cover. Let’s try to stay on point and support your fellow breastfeeding moms. If you are a mom who is freely choosing to cover up while breastfeeding then you go for it! You are in no way hurting the cause or not supporting the cause by choosing to cover up or breastfeed in a private location. I fight for your right to choose that! My fight is for women to feel comfortable CHOOSING their own breastfeeding experience! Don’t ever feel pressured to breastfeed in a way you’re not comfortable with! I will support you no matter what you choose! 

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