Nipplephobia: Why We Need to Normalize Breastfeeding in our Culture

Nipplephobia: Why We Need to Normalize Breastfeeding in our Culture

I admit it.  I'm one of the breastfeeding mothers out there who has allowed cultural norms to get in the way of what I believe is best for my child.  I've ended feedings prematurely to avoid breastfeeding in front of others, even in my own home.  I've "wasted" precious breastmilk I had pumped by bottle feeding even when we were together, just to avoid nursing in public.  I've breastfed countless times in dirty bathrooms, and tried to hide the fact that I'm nursing at all from some people to avoid the taboo topic of "extended breastfeeding" (she's 19 months).  And now? I've finally had enough.

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