Supporting Moms Who Breastfeed in Public

Just because moms have the right to breastfeed in public, doesn’t mean everyone will be supportive. The news is filled with moms who are constantly being attacked for nursing their babies on demand in public areas. We know it’s going to happen, so what can we do as breastfeeding supporters to help encourage moms whenever possible? The answer may seem simple, but sticking up for others isn’t always easy. Today we’re talking about how to support moms who choose to nurse in public.

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The Boob Group
Supporting Moms Who Breastfeed in Public
Episode 169, August 10th, 2016

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Courtney Stratton: We have seen the post “the mom nursing the baby at the Taurt Café been braided by another customer” or even better the elderly woman stopped the new mom in the restaurant, not to give her a hard time but to offer her by cutting her food while she nursed her baby and then multiple times that a retail employee has told a shopper to use the bathroom”. Whether its been support or its been rejection of a mom nursing in public, its made the headlines. Today we are talking about how to support moms that chose to nurse in public. We are The Boob Group.

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Courtney Straton: Welcome to The Boob Group. We are here to support all moms who want to give their babies’ breast milk and to respect the choices if mom wants to feed their babies in any way. I'm Courtney Straton. Thanks so much for listening.

Today we are going to talk a little bit about our own experiences nursing in public. We also want to offer support through your personal journey. To check out all the complete list of all the episodes we have released so far, simply to our website at www.newmommymedia.com , go to The Boob Group section and click episodes to see our guide. If there is a topic you want to know more about and it’s not in or list then contact us through our website or Facebook and we will explore it.

Let’s go ahead and meet some of our moms joining us today. If you will all tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.

Priya Nembhard: Hi, I am Priya and I'm the Co-Founder of Moms Pump Here, it’s the app that helps moms find places to breastfeed and breast pump around the world and I am also a mom of three. I have three children, the oldest is turning fourteen and going to high school and the youngest is eight years old. I breastfed all of them, breast pumped for all of them, supplemented, did all the great stuff and actually my youngest I breastfed for three years. So I've had quite a bit of experience with all three of them and I'm happy to be here.

Sunny: I will go next. I'm Sunny and I'm producing today's show and it’s great to be with you guys. I have four kids, my oldest is five, he will turn six next month and I have another boy who is four and then I have identical twin girls who are two and a half. I'm still breastfeeding for my girls and as far as nursing in public is concerned I mean I had my babies like boom boom boom right, so there wasn't a lot of getting out of the house. I feel like I have been under some sort of house arrest for a while but I do have experience with nursing in public. It’s not really enough to have a good experience or a bad experience with it but in doing all these episodes for The Boob Group I have definitely heard a lot of stories so I can share some of those today for sure.

African Moon: Greetings everyone, I am African Moon I have three children ages eight, four and eight months. I have breastfed my first two for three years each and my eight-month-old is still going strong. As far as breastfeeding in public I have tons of stories which as I'm always out and my child always like to be on by boobs. So a lot of stories to share and then a lot of people send me messages like hey, that happened to me or you won't believe what happened to me. So I have tons of stories I could share with other mothers as well.

Sunny: It is so funny if you just Google Moon like African Moon her name there is going to be a lot of stories about her experiences, it’s awesome.

Courtney Straton: Thank you so much, I'm Courtney Straton, I am a breastfeeding photographer here in Kansas City Missouri. I have two boys a five years old and a two years old that I'm nursing. I can say that overall my general experience nursing in public has been positive. I haven't had anything really terrible happen that would make me feel negative although I have never had anything that has been overwhelmingly positive happen but I feel like a neutral experience is a pretty positive experience.

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Sunny: Okay, before we get started with our episode today we have a segment we call “mama hacks” and I love this because this is where you submit your favorite breastfeeding and pumping tips, things that really worked well for you and just great tips you want to pass along to other moms. We've got a pumping tip today and this comes from Kat, and she says “you don't have to sit there on the program to let down setting. Once your milk lets down, push the button to go to the more powerful setting. As soon as the flow weans, push the letdown button again to get another letdown and more milk. This process plus the massage, squeeze, shake and finishing with a bit of hand expression shorten my pumping time and doubled what I pumped”.

Yeah, have you guys ever tried anything like that? I know I have talked about this on another episode but I always had a problem with the letdown push and I felt like it wasn't doing anything and I would want to rush through the letdown part to you know what I mean, the setting, the setting on the pump does anyone have any experience with that?

Priya: I use mainly manual pumps

Sunny: Okay, I'm a big fan of manual pumps

Courtney: I definitely was a hand massage that seemed to usually get things going but I would do the same. I would be like okay hurry up, let’s go

Sunny: Yeah, you just feel like it’s not doing anything and I know we actually did this episode on manual pumps and hand expression and when I was talking to the expert about it, she was like it’s really important that that actual letdown part, it’s really important because it’s supposed to be mimicking like babies would actually do. I guess they would start out like slow, not really doing like the full gulps and so the pump companies have tried to mimic what babies actually doing. So there is a reason for it, it just seems like a waste of time to me but that's because we are always busy right, what I'm I going to do now? I’ve got to do this, I've got to do that but anyway, so Kat thanks so much for sending this in. This is a great tip, really appreciate it.

If you guys have a tip for us, for our “mama hacks” segment, you can email us through the website at www.newmommymedia.com . You can also contact us through Facebook, that’s a great way to we've had a lot of people do that and just search for the boob group and you will be able to find us.

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Courtney: Okay, so let's get into this. We are going to talk about supporting moms nursing in public today. We want to know how we can better support other moms when we see someone else nursing in public whether it’s the head nod, the smile or maybe the first bump when you walk by, I don't know what's the best way to do it is. We need a secret handshake or something, so let's talk a little bit about our experiences and some of the experiences we've heard about for moms that have been nursing in public. What we should do when we see another mom nursing their kid in public, so have you had bad experiences, do you feel like something went wrong, something went crazy for me, like I would be nursing a baby and I get my Starbucks spilled on me or something and I have to take off my shirt to nurse my kid but that would be something that would just happen to me.

On the contrary, have you had positive experiences, have you had the secret handshake, the smile, the first pump whatever would be going on, has anyone ever done anything for you while you've been nursing in public?

Moon: Actually I was at the farmers market over the weekend. I'm nursing my son and actually was chasing down my five-year-old while my baby was nursing and the woman she stops my son and says you know mom already has a lot going on I see she is nursing the baby so let's just cooperate with her right now and I thought that was so awesome why would I rock on mom because he was running after this guy that has some watermelons and he really wanted this watermelon and he moved swiftly as I would have been had I not been nursing at the time and I just thought that was awesome. When she noticed what I was doing she was like hey I need you to slow down and give mom a break so I actually walked up to her and gave her a hug and said thank you. I thought that was really awesome.

Sunny: That is cool, I like how she went straight to the child and talked to the child as opposed to saying do you need help? It’s kind of pretty efficient

Courtney: Did you give her like a glance

Priya: yeah, like help me?

Moon: I didn't, I mean the farmers market was super busy and he was just like watermelon and he took off running and I'm like no and I went running behind and she just came from nowhere and stopped like you know mom is really busy. I just thought that was so awesome, because usually people you get the wave and the stare and the whatever but I thought that was really cool like you see I'm having a hard time right this second and she stopped the minutes track before he got too far and I mean I was really appreciative of that.

Courtney: So it worked then too. He didn't take off right afterward.

Moon: No, no, I mean he is typically not a runner but he is definitely an eater so when he sees food he's like oh I've got to have it you know.

Priya: It's funny because I have had my own experiences with my kids but since I've started Moms Pump Here it’s like whenever I'm at events or family get together or whatever and somebody is breastfeeding in the room, I feel like people are looking me like should I say something, should I do something or should I go there and talk to them. I always feel awkward, I don't know if Sunny you've ever experienced this but you are in an event and the mommy say I have friends sitting behind me breastfeeding and I wanted to go over there and say hey that's great and talk to them and stuff but I didn't want to be that weird person, even though everybody knows that I own Moms Pump Here and this is what I do because this is the world I am a part of, I didn't want to be that weird person. It’s funny that I would totally help somebody in public if they needed it but in a private setting I have had those awkward experiences where I'm just sitting there like should I

Sunny: I can totally relate to that because it’s not necessarily that people know that I produce The Boob Group or anything like that, it’s more about me just seeing someone and wanting to do something to encourage them but I'm so scared to do that because that would require walking up to them and I don't want them to feel nervous that I'm going to say something bad.

I know that if I'm breastfeeding in public and someone starts to walk up to me I am going to get hives and start freaking out probably. So I'm so worried that I'm going to cause someone some unnecessary grief

Priya: While talking about it in private events so like if you are around friends and family like everybody knows what you do, so there is an awkward moment like I want to go over and talk to them and say hey this is great, just talk about the experience, just give them an encouragement or whatever but I just don't because I feel like the weird one

Courtney: I remember probably it was just the spring we were at a park here in town and there was a mom sitting there nursing her baby and I kind of glanced over at her and said oh moms nursing her baby and then the internal monolog is going through my head like what do I say? Do I go over there? Do I tell her good job? Should I approach her? This whole time is going on and I'm running through the things that I want to say to this mom and I realized I'm just awkwardly staring at her while she is nursing her baby. So she is probably thinking? And the whole time I probably had like this half smack which is coming probably not the right way. So I went over and I handed over my card and I'm like I know this is kind of weird but I actually do breastfeeding photography so if this is something that you are interested in and later I was like not the way to do this.

Priya: I also don’t know that she breastfeeds if you didn't see her doing it, you know what I mean?

Courtney: I know, I was just thinking okay the way to do that is after she has put the baby back down maybe go over and say I'm so proud to see you nursing in public, here is my card. I wanted to say hey great job and my card it had one of my nursing mom's picture on it so that is the way I was trying to relate it like oh good job but instead it was like I'm trying to sell you something while you are feeding your child, that is what I totally felt. But she just kind of shook her head like nodded her head and was like okay well thanks. I was like I will never hear from this lady.

Sunny: Well I have some experiences with that too because I always have business cards on me or like fliers or something for our shows and so I often and I do a lot of this when I see pregnant women too, I want to tell them like hey we've got this show not necessarily just so that they listen but I'm always looking for people to be part of the shows and contribute in different ways and so whenever I see a pregnant women I think oh I need to contact her, reach out to her or something for our pregnancy shows and then when I see someone breastfeeding I feel the same way too. It’s really difficult like you said Courtney do it without sounding creepy or like an invasion of some sort of weird privacy or like I don't know like you are I don't know, it’s just weird sometimes and all we want to do is help and it’s just an awkward moment.

Moon: Do you know what and I have those moments whenever I feel super weird about seeing someone that's when I feel like I'm obligated to actually say it because if I feel weird imagine what she is feeling at that moment? And I don't want her to say like oh my gosh this woman was just staring at me. So I actually find that once you go up to someone they will say oh wow, I thought that you were going to do blur blur blur. So it helps that way the next person that comes maybe the apprehension for them and you won't continue to exist. I think as fighting pairs those butterflies in our belly and those apprehensions are what is going to make it more normal.

We are always talking about boobs and if we are feeling uncomfortable about approaching someone about a boob, could you imagine people who are not having this conversation every day what they are feeling? I think us stepping outside of our comfort zone to say wow, great job mom, or even if you say you know what, I'm so glad you are breastfeeding, here is my card if you want to reach out to me. You can do something like that and just walk away and that gives them a good experience so they know the next time like I did this and it wasn't so bad, actually someone said something positive about it so that helps.

Courtney: That is way so smooth than how I did that. Yeah, like this is what Moon says so now I'm going to be able to walk to a mom and say hey, Moon said, it’s going to be really hard so I'll have to call Moon and say I totally messed this up will you call this lady for me?

All right, now that we've gone over our awkwardness, let’s talk about have you ever gone up to a mom and tried to help in any way? Like Moon had someone come up and helped save her from a wandering child, have you ever done that for someone else? Have you ever been able to help another mom?

I know that there is one time in Target where I wasn't super awkward and was able to help a mom while she was trying to push her cart, she had a little kid in the cart, she was nursing a baby and I could see her struggling to push the giant Target shopping cart that was over filled. I just helped guide it round the corner for her while she was trying to push one handed and keep her baby latched on and probably not show her entire chest all over Target. I just pushed it along for her and smiled and waved and walked off. That's as much as I have really done. I think she was appreciative because she had all that thank you look. Have you ever been able to help another mom while they were nursing their baby in public?

Moon: I haven't had that moment but I have to say first off that was kick ass because I know sometimes their basket can get heavy like, somebody help push this thing around.

Courtney: Yeah, you have to stand on one side of the shopping cart and put your hip into it and lean. I've tried to drive the Target slave on the one hand before and they are impossible

Sunny: I recall picking up like when moms drop stuff when they are breastfeeding like if they drop like a bar cloth or something like that. I don't know if I've ever picked up a cover, I don't think a cover has ever fallen off I'm not sure. I've done little stuff like that but I know I always leave the situation wishing I had done more. That is what I'm trying to figure out, to Moon's point where we have to overcome this weirdness and I don't know what to do. I always wish I could have done more.

Courtney: So what's the more that we could do?

Moon: I really think that the more that we can do is just to keep doing it, keep smiling, keep pushing the basket, keep talking about it, that's a part of normalizing it, not just looking at someone in a sense, you can even say hey I'm totally uncomfortable with coming up to say something, but I think you are awesome, you know those kinds of things really help. Those really help, I think once you even if just make that small statement, that is a lot.

Courtney: Acknowledge your discomforts

Moon: Absolutely, I tell people all the time like my heart is beating so fast right now but you rock!

Priya: We did a New York baby show, we launched our first version of New York baby show last year and we did I breastfeed Sunday the Sunday of the whole event that was two days and the whole weekend we were promoting it. We do it every weekend when we are promoting and ask moms to post their breastfeeding pics or whatever and that Sunday I wanted to get moms to come and take pictures, take their selfies breastfeeding doing all that great stuff.

You know when you are in that environment you see breastfeeding moms walking around and it is such a great feeling to be around that but it was the first mom that came up she was just so excited, she's like yes, I'm going to do this picture, come and see it and take a breastfeeding selfies, she like looked it out and she was there with her partner and they were all smiles taking tons of pictures. Their initial feeling I felt was like I know moms are going to come and take pictures but the first when she whipped it out and she did it, I was like yes oh, it was awesome.

I don't know how to explain it, it was a weird like I'm seeing your boob and at the same time I'm like this is awesome. She then sat down and she took a bunch of pictures, they were posting and all the great stuff and then we ended up sharing it on social media because it was such a great experience for everybody. That first mom that came up it was just like oh!

Sunny: That was the icebreaker

Priya: She was the best icebreaker because she was just so excited and was like I'm going to pull it out and take a picture.

Courtney: Wow, there are so many ways you can go with that

Sunny: Oh my goodness, we had some moms reach out to us on Facebook to share some of their breastfeeding in public stories. Two stories come from Shirley Rodgers and Shirley has been on our shows in the past, the first story she says I was at a family reunion with my middle daughter and she was an infant. Trying to be respectful of our elderly male relatives, I would nurse my daughter in a back room. After we finished a nursing session I walked into the dining room where my eighty-five-year-old great uncle was eating.

He looked up at me rather gravely and said 'are you breastfeeding that baby?' When I told him I was he replied ' good, that's the best thing you can do for that baby, you know my first cousin used to walk home from grammar school at lunch time so he could get some breast milk in a cup from his mommy'. I couldn't help but giggle at that and the story of his cousin still getting breast milk at school age was really encouraging to keep me nursing my children until they wean themselves.

Priya: That's adorable

Sunny: Priya that reminds me of what you were saying. Like in an environment where everyone kind of knows each other but you know what I mean.

Priya: It's still weird.

Sunny: But apparently great uncles can be a great support system.

Priya: It’s funny how she describes that he walked up gruffly like she was expecting him to say like “what are you doing?”

Sunny: Here is the other story that Shirley submitted. She said the other story happened over a very busy Memorial Day weekend at Disney world in Orlando. Because we have two children that are too small to ride some of the rides, my husband and I took and advantage of the rides swap program and because it was so hot, I usually had our ten-month-old with me so she could nurse. While waiting for my husband and the oldest to finish the ride that they were on, I was standing by the exit in the sun because all the benches were taken and I was nursing my daughter and sweating while my middle daughter played around my legs. Two Disney employees walked by us and stopped and turned around when they saw that I was nursing. They asked me if I wanted a place to sit and I told them I did but all the benches were taken. So they walked around for a minute or so and somehow found an open seat on the bench in the shade. They carried all my stuff over to the bench and even took my middle daughter by the hand to make sure she didn't get lost or get left behind. I think they even got me a bottle of water as well. I have never been so accommodated while nursing in public.

The two employees didn't bat an eye at me breastfeeding my baby. The only real acknowledgment they gave me to my nursing was to ask if I was comfortable sharing a bench with a man which I was. I was blown away by how well I was treated that day.

Isn't that cool?

It just says Disney World or?

Priya: So the employees are probably trained to obviously be great

Sunny: Someone got some training because and I don't think it says if any of their employees were women, that may have made a difference too because moms sometimes have been there and have done that.

Courtney: Those are really good stories, I especially love the grumpy great uncle saying good, feed the baby, that’s how I heard that in my head.

When we come back we are going to explore some other ways moms can support other moms when feeding their babies by breast in public. We'll be right back.

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Courtney: Welcome back. We are continuing our discussion about supporting moms who are breastfeeding in public. We've discussed some of our own personal experiences in nursing in public and the times when another mom maybe came to our aid or when we were able to help another mom that was nursing in public.

Let us discuss some of our ideas and what we can do to support other moms and what we've seen. One of the things that I keep coming back to because it is fairly recent was the mom that was sitting at the cafe in Target feeding her new baby if I remember correctly and the customer in line, a man in a red shirt turned around and unleashed on this poor mommy and it went on for a little while but there was a woman that came to the mom and stood right in front of her and would not back down every time the man said something and she blocked the mom from it and the mom on the audio said she was shaking and was scared and the other mom said 'you don't have to be scared you don't have to be afraid, we are here".

I thought that was the real pioneer because it was showing you have some strength when someone else is there with you. I do believe that the other Target employees came to remove the man at some point if I remember correctly or to sew him along. So, what could we do if we see a negative experience or a nursing experience in public going wrong, is there something that we could do to just stop it from ever happening? How can we support moms aside from our fist bumps and my awkward conversations? What are some ideas that we have that we can do? How can we help someone?

Priya: You know it’s funny because of that story that woman I think that was the first time that she had breastfed in public and I think it was the first outing with her baby too.

Courtney: Yeah, that one I remember.

Priya: Can you imagine you already going into the situation but if you go out with your baby and you hear all these stories about women getting shamed for breastfeeding in public and it’s your first time doing it and I'm sure it’s going to cross your mind and you are sitting down and its actually happens to you, I can imagine how terrified she was like oh my God, I took this risk and look, it’s happening right now. She had this guardian angel, this woman who happened to be sitting there and witnessing all that was going on and she came in and helped her.

Thankfully there were young Target employees too and I think they were all men and they came running up and were like hey what are you doing? You've got to leave here. I don't know if the kicked him out of the store or what but it was a very challenging situation for her but really harrowing if you think about it with everybody who came in there and rescued her.

Sunny: I often wonder and as I was watching that video because who hasn't seen that video by this time, what I have done and I have heard enough because I don't like confrontations. I really I'm not one of those people like I will avoid it if I can.

So, even though it is for a good cause it still makes me feel incredibly uncomfortable. There is a huge portion of me that really wants to be that person that would go off on someone for not allowing them to breastfeed their baby in public but I just don't know. I think I would have gotten involved but I just don't know if I could have been as in your face as this woman was. Honestly, that’s exactly what that breastfeeding mom needed. She needed an advocate because that guy was so ridiculous, she needed someone to really get into that guy's face

Priya: I think he called her a whore, didn't he?

Courtney: Yes he did

Sunny: It was so horrible. I just got those chills, it was so horrible. I don't know I think I would have been more of the person that went over, try to help the mom but did it quietly and just made sure that that guy didn't get near her. I don't know if I could have been in your face kind of support.

Courtney: But Sunny I feel that that is better than complacency. I mean if you see a situation that looks like it’s not going to go well just to be able to go over to the mom and even if the mom wouldn't be the person that needs to move, even if it’s just offering ‘can I help you move your stuff and get away from this jerk’, just something that you can show some kind of support or just sit there and put your back to the anger guy in red

Priya: You can go report him to the customer service for harassing women in the eating area

Courtney: Or call the police to do something that they can help to defuse the situation. If I am the lady that came to the aid I admit that it would have gone especially if my kids weren't with me that would have gone very poorly for that man. I don't seem to have problems with confrontations I just I'm really awkward when I'm trying to tell people to get to your breastfeeding.

I feel like it’s okay to help stand up for another mom and I think we need do a little bit more of that. When those moms say the mom is just in the cafe nursing her baby and there is no angry guy in red, what are some things we can do to show the support? How do we develop the secret handshake, what do we do? How do we acknowledge that just in a very quick passerby situation? What should we be doing? What do you guys think?

Sunny: I did the smiles and I don't know like beyond that what do you do? Thumbs up?

Courtney: Smiles and give thumbs up

Priya: Or tell her great job, you are a rock star or something like that

Moon: I am totally the thumbs up person

Courtney: Like you point to your boob and do thumps up

Moon: I do like yeah, you rock! I would totally do thumps up in a second. I love it, all of it is our secret handshake like the smiles, the nod, and the thump whatever we come up with. I think that's all our secret handshake because we need that. We get overpowered and I have to say I have been living in a hole for the last week because I don't know what the heck you guys are talking about with this Target think and I'm so sad I missed it

Priya: It’s all over social media if you haven't seen it

Moon: You know I got off social media for a little while like I would go on and post thing but I would pop right off because I had gotten so overwhelmed by all of the negativity.

Priya: Yeah, you're a little burnt out

Moon: Absolutely so I needed to walk away from this so I'm so glad that when I was having my moment I missed his nonsense. We get so overwhelmed by expecting the worst because that is all we see, that is all that is on the internet. You know when we go out and we actually have to take responsibility for that ourselves because we expect the worst that we sort of draw that in.

If we go out there with confidence I know for myself I look at people like I dare you, I dare you to say something to me. I have my phone ready, like go ahead if you say one thing I'm turning the phone on you like I will start videotaping you right now. But if you go in and you are expecting those things to happen they will happen. That is just the law of attraction, but if you start expecting that someone is going to say good job mom, give you a thumbs up, give you a wink, whatever, when we start expecting those things and when we start doing those things more for other mothers that will start to change the conversation so when you get an idiot like this one more people will step up and say, dude, that's not going to happen here, that's not going to happen while I'm standing here.

Sunny: Moon to your point, I think absolutely confidence has a lot to do with it and our mindset just think about it like I mean I think you can apply this in so many different areas of your life. If you feel confident and you look confident people are going to believe and think that you are confident even if inside you are thinking oh my gosh, is someone going to come to me and say something. I think we do push off these vibes, I must say that we invite that because it’s never okay for someone to abrade you because you are breastfeeding you baby in public.

I think that Moon does not have an issue with confrontation like I do, so that says a lot. Probably the reason you haven't had a lot of stuff happen is because you have this positive outlook and people know that you are confident in what you are doing. I think that actually goes a long way.

Courtney: Thank you so much to everyone for being part of today's show. If you are a member of The Boob Group club then be sure to check out the bonus content for this episode. Remember wherever you are out in public and you see another mom nursing a child, be sure to give some kind of encouragement, even if it is just a smile, a wink or big thumps up. Everyone needs a little support, sometimes it’s from a new friend.

For more information about our club visit the member's section of our website

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Sunny: All right, so before we wrap up our show today we have a comment from one of our listeners. It was sent to us on Facebook actually through the New Mommy Media Facebook page. It wasn't even part of The Boob Group. This comment really just means the world to me and it comes from Rebecca and she writes, “hello New Mommy Media team. I have been listening to several of your shows since finding out I was pregnant. My son is now ten months. I have really been enjoying them and finding the topics relatable and helpful. I wanted to write in to thank you for a particular episode. I don't normally listen to The Boob Group but somehow stumbled upon the episode you did a while back on when you can't breastfeed and how to know when it’s time to stop. Thanks for the discussions on this controversial and emotional topic. I had a tremendous amount of trouble breastfeeding after a traumatic birth and tried absolutely everything to help including supplements and expensive lactation consultants, pumping etcetera. At about six weeks I made the difficult decision to stop and it’s truly been best for my baby and myself”.

“It was only after ending the struggle that I feel a bonding relationship could really begin. Thanks so much for bringing this to light, supporting all moms and giving stories like mine a voice”. I got the chills when I read that.

Rebecca this is why we do The Boob Group. What you sad is so important and it’s why we did that episode. So many times we think breastfeeding is an all or nothing thing and even though many of us are breastfeeding our babies the choice you make is the choice that you believe is best for your family. I believe that's the right choice so I'm really glad that this helped you and I hope that it helped a lot of moms out there. Thank you so much for writing in.

Courtney: That wraps up our show for today. Thanks so much for listening to The Boob Group.
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∞ Parent Savers for moms and dads with infants and toddlers and
∞ Twin Talks for parents with multiples.

This is The Boob Group where moms know breast.
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