Today’s topic: Breastfeeding. I don’t quite get why some have such a stigma towards women who breastfeed. My mom breastfed my three siblings and I up until we were about 18 months old. All my friends, young and old, breastfed their babies. One of my friends from high school has the cutest little boy who’s 2 and still breastfed, not exclusively, and he’s as healthy and happy as ever. So what’s the big deal? There’s so many benefits from breastfeeding for both mother and child. It reduces the chances of the mother getting breast cancer. It helps baby from getting allergies and lowers the risk of baby becoming obese. For more benefits visit Baby Center. You see no matter which way you look at it, breastfeeding is simply natural. Not to mention, there’s nothing like the bond it creates between you and your baby. I’m serious. I feel closer to my son everytime he needs the boob and it helps knowing that no one can take that away from us. Anytime he’s bumped his head or when his teeth are giving him a hard time… give him the boob. Some will argue that he’s going to become dependent on it, but really all that’s happening is he’s being calmed. It’s not like he’s stuck on the boob 24/7, although I like to joke about it. He does so many other things during the day, he’s a pretty smart little dude. I believe that breastfeeding is a beautiful thing. But not many will agree with me, especially if we’re specifically discussing breastfeeding in a public environment. There’s been too many times when mother’s have had to deal with people coming up to them and telling them that what they’re doing is wrong, disgusting, and they should do it elsewhere (elsewhere often being a bathroom). Wrong? Disgusting? Really though, a bathroom? Fortunately, I’ve never had to deal with someone actually having the balls to say something but I have gotten some dirty looks. It’s crazy. Breasts have been so sexualized that we’ve forgotten what they’re purpose is. No, my Breasts aren’t meant to seduce your husband and every other male in the room while I nourish my baby. Maybe you should stop being so quick to jump down mothers’ throats, look at yourself and ask, “why am I so offended? why aren’t I upset with my husband for looking at another woman in the first place?” but also ask “did my mother breastfeed me? how would I feel if some stranger approached my mother the same way while she was just trying to feed me?”. Besides would you eat your dinner in a nasty, unsanitary bathroom? Stop trying to make babies do so. It seems that as often as women are told to go to the bathroom and feed there, you’d think that insinuates we’re not allowed to breastfeed in public. On the contrary, there’s a law in every state saying, in one way or another, women can breastfeed just about anywhere. Although it’s a law, a mom can’t really take anything into her own hands when it comes to merely turning someone in for harassing her while breastfeeding. Seriously, look more into it. Thankfully more and more people are getting it together and realizing that breastfeeding isn’t all that big of a deal. Hopefully by the time my children have their own they won’t have to deal with this buffonery. To all the strong mothers out there that continue to do what’s best for their babies, breastfed or formula fed, keep doing you Queen. Kelsi Out.