This Australian Influencer Shines a Light on Breastfeeding, Once and for All
Breastfeeding. It's entered the foray of media conversation as of late and it always becomes a topic of debate when it comes to whether women should do it, until when they should do it, and where the "appropriate" locations are to do so. But thankfully, high-profile influencers and women's rights advocates around the globe are continually challenging the stigma attached to breastfeeding. Case in point, earlier this week INF / Network member, Rebecca Jobson wrote a personal essay on her blog, sharing her story of breastfeeding with 2-year-old daughter, Bella.
In her candid essay, Jobson reveals that though breastfeeding was never a question for her, she still faced judgement when doing so in public: "I am a strong believer in breast is best. I have been demand feeding Bella since the day she was born, which makes that almost two years. Two years of feeling like a human cow. Two years of Bella inappropriately ripping open my top in the middle of a shopping centre in front of strangers. Two years of getting side-eyed by strangers while I feed in a café."
See more of what she had to say about her experience below.
And while Jobson says she has thoroughly enjoyed the process of breastfeeding and has had a good run up until now, with "no bleeding nipples, no mastitis, no shortness of milk supply," she also refreshingly points out the toll it has had on her body. "I have completely lopsided breasts, one mega boob and one 'Nemo boob' as I have named it."
Her one piece of advice for any soon-to-be mothers that are still on the fence about what they should do? "The only advice I can give is [to] do what feels right for you. Don't be hounded by what people around us tell us that we need to be doing. It's not their choice, it's not their child, and it's not their breasts."
Read Jobson's full essay here.