Feeding one to two hourly- yes, we are in one of those phases. Indigo's need for sucking comfort is a bit much even for me lately, but she has been a bit under the weather and jetlagged, so I am trying to be as understanding as possible.
When she grasps my breast with both hands I often feel like a human bottle. And then I wonder why it is I think of a bottle at all in these moments, as if bottle-feeding is the norm to compare milk-giving to. Indigo is at the age where she is beginning to sit up to breastfeed. She tries to help herself whenever she can. She prods, pokes and pinches at my breasts, other times she massages and caresses them. But my concern is not with her actions, but with how we look upon them. Why do so many people view this behaviour as irksome, but non-chalently watch a baby of the same age holding, biting and playing with their bottle? I myself try to supress these kinds of judgemental thoughts, and I am a mother who has never bottlefed either of her children. But for some reason I still feel as though bottlefeeding is the norm and breastfeeding is the exception. I want images of women breastfeeding their children to be replaced with or at least supplemented with all the images we see of babies drinking from a bottle. I want to see more women breastfeeding in the streets, at the cafe, in the airports and at the grocery store!
I hope the women of Indigo's generation are able to breastfeed without worry. That they can proudly provide for their baby's needs without fear of judgement or of offending others. I dream of a day when breastfeeding, regardless of a baby's age, is regarded as the norm.
We are listening to the crackling of intense fireworks and watching a beautiful light show at the moment so I will leave you to say Happy, Happy Canada Day! What a treat to be here for the celebrations.