I breastfeed because I can

Dear Mambo,

At 14.5 months you still drink A LOT of milk. I am completely unapologetic.

Mommy and Mambo at Neighbourgoods

Breastfeeding at Neighbourgoods Market. Naturally.

As we close off World Breastfeeding Week, I am quite aware that perhaps by next year you may not still be breastfeeding, and to be honest it breaks my heart. I have always told anyone who asks (and many have)when I will stop breastfeeding and my response is always that I will stop when you stop. What’s to lose? At this point we do not want to have another child, and all this milk is still being produced, and you love it, all is well.

World Breastfeeding Week is about raising awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding. I am very lucky that I never needed any convincing to breastfeed you, the minute I knew we were having you, I knew I would breastfeed. I am in awe of how much you love milk! And I am so grateful that I still can!

At our current point in life, there are few places I have not breast fed you. In the park, in the store as we walk down isles and shop for groceries, in hotel rooms, in planes, in shuttles, definitely the car, even in the toilet when you were so young and refused to be off the nipple and I desperately needed to pee! We have breastfed at markets and at weddings, in public and in private at parties and book clubs and cruise ships- and we have been just fine.

Mommy and Mambo breastfeeding

Daddy sleeps. Mommy and Mambo breastfeed!

Funny enough, I have spent so much time musing when I am breastfeeding in a restaurant or breastfeeding as we stroll through the mall, what I would do if someone walked up to me and asked me to cover up… God is probably looking out for his people, because it has never happened, and those who would dare are safe. I have always thought of breastfeeding as a very natural thing, and will never judge a mother who covers their baby, but I can assure the world that my baby has never needed to be covered to perform an act as natural as eating and nourishing her body. Go ahead, I dare you to judge me. I am proud.

I thank God for giving me the ability to feed you on demand for as long as I have to date. I have never had a shortage of milk- even when I think I might be experiencing a shortage. I even remember celebrating times where I got home covered in milk because I was not wearing breastpads- because I didn’t think I would need them anymore. I miss those days, truly, and I count myself lucky to have been able to get to that point.

I am not sure how long we are going to go on this breastfeeding journey my darling, but it is getting more acrobatic the older you get, and I for one find it hilarious!

Love,

MamaMambo

2 thoughts on “I breastfeed because I can

  1. Debbie Mpofu-Major says:

    Hi Shau , In Pretoria and Joburg do they have breast feeding friendly :
    Restaurants
    Shops
    Malls
    Cafes
    Etc
    In parts of Canada these are highlighted so breast feeding moms can use them without feeling uncomfortable

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    • mommyandmambo says:

      To be honest aunty Debbie, I have never felt uncomfortable breast feeding anywhere, so if there are breast feeding friendly places, I would not even know because I have never looked! Hahahaha! That being said, I would really like all places to be breast feeding friendly. That would be the real win!

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