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Mother’s Day and Breastfeeding

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It’s your turn now! A day to celebrate your new role as mama. Kinda cool, right?

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No matter what memories you have of past Mothers’ Days, it’s time for your new nuclear family to invent its own traditions. Family lunch? A night out to celebrate? Maybe a small token of appreciation? (A girl can wish). Or maybe, you just want to take a moment, while quietly feeding your baby, to reflect on everything you’ve accomplished already.

But if that sublime moment proves elusive, because you’re heading out for a big family shindig, you may need to brace yourself. Not everyone in the extended clan will be as comfortable with breastfeeding as you are. In fact, many of them may have never even seen someone breastfeed.

Decades ago, it was much less common for women to breastfeed. In 1970, roughly 25 percent of women breastfed their babies at birth.  Today, that number has risen dramatically to 75 percent. (44 percent are breastfeeding at six months and at 24 percent at 12 months). But still, breastfeeding in public, even though it is with your family, can sometimes be a challenge. So how do you handle any potentially awkward moments? With your usual style and grace, of course!

If someone makes a negative comment about breastfeeding, you’ve got options. Joke, pretend nothing was said, or stand up for yourself. Be strong, and mention breastfeeding’s amazing health benefits for both the baby and for you. And if you need it, get out your nursing cover and keep right on at it. But if this proves to be too much, don’t be ashamed to take a break from the party and go to another room to finish your feeding. Your babe needs you, and you can return to the crowd soon enough.

And one last thing… don’t forget to thank that special mom, grandmother or caregiver in your life. She’s waiting for your call.  No guilt, of course.

About Andi

Andi Silverman is the author of "Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner's Guide to Breastfeeding." She is also a digital marketing consultant for Nosy Crow, a children's book and app publisher. Andi blogs at mamaknowsbreast.com and can be found on Twitter @AndiSilverman.

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