2 thoughts on “Cheers To Breastfeeding!

  1. Cheers! I will be starting a new breastfeeding relationship with baby #4 in October. My journey has taken me through several phases from not knowing it was even okay to breastfeed on a plane, to multitasking while breastfeeding cover-less (expert style with no exposed skin) and simultaneously feeding lunch to three toddlers at the zoo, to donating about 25 gallons of breast milk to mamas/babies in need. I have become more knowledgeable and therefore more successful with each child through support of other moms in person and in online communities.

    The most memorable public breastfeeding incident I’ve had was with my first, when I was not at all comfortable with public breastfeeding. My oldest was born in Japan, and she did some modeling for baby clothes catalogs between 6 and 10 months old. We would have to take the train into Tokyo for auditions and shoots. Have you seen those pictures of Tokyo trains at rush hour? Yeah…PACKED doesn’t even begin to describe it. I was wearing her in a carrier (it is impossible to get on the train with a stroller at certain times of day) and she was starting to get fussy and loud at one point, which was not appreciated by my fellow train riders because they like the quiet and many use their commute as a nap time. I was standing up with at least five random strangers touching some part of my body with some part of their body, and I just pulled up my shirt and loosened one side of the carrier and fed her right there. My shirt rested on her cheek so nothing was visible, but I got a very mixed reaction from my fellow passengers. I think a couple of them wanted to back away from me, but they couldn’t because they had nowhere to go. Haha. It was very awkward for me then, but looking back I find it quite hilarious. 🙂

    Anyway, if anyone is interested, here is my blog contribution to WBW: http://www.happyteamhayes.blogspot.com/2013/08/how-random-little-influences-and-large.html

    1. Love this – thank you for sharing Amy and that is so great you donated all that milk, wow 25 gallons! – Steph

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