Somehow I don't think that BF would have been a cure all for me.
There was also a generation that just didn't breast feed. My Mom wasn't given the option - it's wasn't like it was discouraged; it just wasn't something that the hospitals promoted. So I was bottlefed from Day 1. Breast feeding went through a period where it was the lesser of the two methods of feeding.
Exactly. I think that in the US for a time we got far away from the original purpose of mammary glands
and it's shocking to some. I was a kid in the 60s. I don't know how dolls are packaged nowadays, but ours always came with bottles. I had no idea there was any other way to feed a baby till I was in high school! Because a woman's body makes it, I've had people compare breast milk to urine ("Ew that's just gross, that poor baby"), they just can't make the connection. 'Is the cow's milk you drink daily like cow urine then?' often went through my head (but was never uttered!! Uddered?
) .Cow's milk is unquestioned as a sort of super food. It seems more natural than breast feeding for many, and you can't reverse 40 years or more of cultural conditioning in one encounter with a stranger. It's perhaps best not to try, especially with people who are really put off by it. Their minds can't be changed. Your rights as a breast feeding mother shouldn't be violated, of course, but just being as discreet as possible is worth not having to engage those who become aggressive about the issue.
After I while I couldn't nurse in public, at least not in restaurants, because DS, when he wasn't drawing breath, was quite noisy He loved nursing, and every suck was accompanied by "Mmmm-mmm-mmm........mmmm-mmmm-mmm......" No chance for practicing all those discrete nursing tricks I learned!