These two stories reminded me to post a few reflections on that most controversial of topics - breastfeeding. In my experience, most people, both male and female, will have an opinion on breastfeeding - whether you should, where you should, how you should, for how long, schedule or demand, in public or private... the list goes on.
I've had my share of well-meaning opinions directed at me. I find it fascinating that something so natural can provoke such depth of feeling - and make so many people uncomfortable. In fact it makes my father-in-law so uncomfortable he has to leave the room if there's any suggestion that I might be about to breastfeed. Thankfully, my boobs have never had the same effect on any of the men I've breastfed next to on plane flights (and somehow I do always seem to be seated next to middle-aged men) - none of whom have batted an eyelid (or even given a sideways glance) at said boobs. Nary an uncomfortable wriggle.
Then there's the clear difference between generations - the most common differences arising around:
- when and how to wean (according to my Nana, sooner is better - "they've had a good start")
- schedule vs demand feeding (again according to Nana, the baby should be taught to take what it needs at one feed, in three hourly intervals)