Okay. So in the long standing tradition of over-sharing, I have now spent 9 weeks taking selfies and random pics of feeding fourth and final child in various locations around the globe. From Auckland to Andalucia I have demand fed this almost insatiable little Hobbit.
I will spare you further pontificating about my parenting style or my experiences feeding and share some pictures so you can come to your own conclusions about how you feel about feeding in public. I cover up for my own modesty, and in all our travels I was only confronted once, strangely on a BC ferry. Everyone else was pretty good. I even fed him on the subway sitting right next to strangers, who were not fussed at all and quite relieved that I fed him and he was quiet after a good grizzle.
So, thanks in advance for scrolling through this 8-9 week cross section of our Hobbity adventures. I personally find it much easier to feed him on the go, and was thankful to get settled on the cruise ship so I could express and leave him at the creche for a couple of hours and enjoy a guilt free glass of wine!
Also just want to take a second to admit to the fact that I found feeding an absolute nightmare the first time around. I also found it tough to start out with with subsequent kids. I was mere moments away from giving up because it was so painful and difficult. But I pushed through (barely) and am glad that I did.
I’ll let these pictures tell the story for the rest of the blog.
Coming up for air after a good feed. He went to sleep so I could eat my dinner and that is the ideal outcome!
This is what a hungry baby looks like… not happy
Breastfeeding at WestCity Mall in Henderson selfie
WestCity Selfie V. 2 🙂
Stanley Park in Vancouver. People were very nice and there were a couple of women in their 50’s that congratulated me for feeding in public as it “just wasn’t the done thing” when they were raising their kids… hmmmm.
Super cheesy 1970’s family planning shot with rays of light and staring adoringly down at my infant… gag.
Fed and happy baby at a scrumptious coffee shop near Pike Place markets in Seattle
Pre lunch drinks for James in downtown Seattle
Breastfeeding Selfie… somwhere… Mukilteo maybe? Somewhere in Washington state anyway.
On the ferry from Washington to Victoria
A&W … fine dining establishment
Victoria Inner Harbour
West Edmonton Mall
Times Square mid sentence probably nagging Grumpy about something…
“I Love Boobies” clad baby post feed enjoying an afternoon nap with his dad in Central Park.
Lovely lady sat next to me on the train from Newark to Penn Station.
Snuggles in Central Park
Feeding in a cab after a MASSIVE day in NYC.
Boston Seafood restaurant with Crystal
Harvey’s makes your hamburger a beautiful thing… and gave me a chance to feed the baby on the way to Montreal from Ottawa.
Boston with my beautiful friend Michelle who is not in the picture as she is taking it 🙂
Subway NYC. Crowded.
Just getting baby latched on… nobody seemed to give a hoot which is great.
Little Italy in San Diego. Delicious Argentinean restaurant. Bad selfie… ah well. I was tired and missing my Grumpy.
Cafe across from the leaning tower of Pisa
Train in Italy
Hamming it up for the camera in Pisa
Rome Bus tour top deck. Dozens of tourists from several countries and nobody seemed phased or offended.
Looking thoughtful, but kinda old on the bus in Rome.
5 thoughts on “Breastfeeding Around The Globe”
I love these so much! What an amazing trip!
Thanks! It was great. So glad sharing has been so well received, I was a bit nervous!
The last pic is right up there with baby, boobs, miniskirt, redheels;)
Love your moments
Love your crew
Love you right back. Normal is not really the done thing around here no… See you again soon I hope! XXOO
I breastfed both my kids and it was not a very popular thing to do 28 years ago. I must give the nurses credit as they did encourage me to do this although a bit more help would have been appreciated from a first time mom (me).
Ashley was incredibly colicky for around 3 1/2 months so her breastfeeding lasted about one month. Robert on the other hand (as a boy he already knew to appreciate boobs) was breastfed until around 6 months or so then I stopped it because it was just to him a quick suck and back to play or whatever he was doing.
It was definitely frowned upon outside of your home and if company came over (not all but most) you would go to another room.
I am glad it is more accepted today. It is not like women are exposing their breast for all to see. It is a private time between mother and child so a blanket works just fine for this intimate and nourishing time.
Good for you and I hope all mothers at least try this and see the many advantages.