Its is now no secret that I am not breastfeeding my son exclusively, why I say exclusive as I still do offer it to him. Not that there is any reason to explain my love for breastfeeding or why we stopped. My son is not in a nursing strike nor am I just lazy and giving up. I am not, not breastfeeding to gain anything because to me by stopping I have lost more then anything that is/was gained. Enough with that, why I am writing today is that I feel that mothers that are not breastfeeding or choosing to stop, or not choosing in my case. We should not be put down for not nursing past a year. I am a huge supporter and promoter of breastfeeding and all its amazing properties but I feel that there is a real big issue with the way people also treat the woman that don't. When I would NIP I would get stares from all and be asked to please leave, it never bothered me as I just knew that I was just feeding my child and politely told them I am feeding my son and I am sorry they are upset or bothered by that.
Now that I am not breastfeeding I never in a million years thought that I would hear what I am hearing from others. Telling me that I am destroying my nursing relationship on purpose, that I am selfish, not allowing my child to get what he needs and so on and so forth. I am absolutely floored! Most people that I know really don't care either way, its the complete strangers. They are rude and don't even give a person a chance at their reasons for not continuing past what ever date a woman stops. Or for the woman that choose not to BF at all, I am sorry it is first and foremost the MOTHERS choice, not mine or anyone else.
WE ALL need to support each other no matter what our choice is to feed our children. We are all moms and that is what matters, yes I will support mothers that breastfeed and help them in any way that I may, but I also support the mothers that choose not to breastfeed or stopped. Please mom's lets just be nice to one another as we are all in this together :)
Just had to vent a little, whats your story? Are you a breastfeeding mom, have you stopped for any reason? Whats your story, please share.