Yesterday we had a wonderful day in Tayto Park, kids in their element as per usual, running wild and free. Me on the other hand, I was exposed to a vile human being and was told to ‘have some more respect for yourself’ as I fed my one-year-old.
Even though I admittedly had previously prepared myself for any negative backlash about breastfeeding in public, I froze. I stared as he stared. He tutted whilst looking me up and down in disgust as I fed my daughter the most natural way in the world. Tears fell from my face as I felt stuck to the bench, mute.
I wasn’t using my baby as a prop or trying to make a statement. I was simply meeting her needs by comforting her. I was discreet, half hidden by a buggy of two sleeping children.
People like you will not go far in this world.
A first and what I would like to be believed is an isolated incident. In the year I have fed my daughter I’ve had nothing but well wishes and thankful smiles. But here’s the thing. Breastfeeding is NORMAL.
My daughter’s health and needs are MY priority. Not yours. So send your tutt, your shameful look, and comment where the sun doesn’t shine you uneducated fool.
You may have knocked me yesterday but it’s only gone and made me stronger and given me more reasons to normalize breastfeeding in this God forsaken country.
I hope you were stung by a wasp on your way out.