I have a three month old son...who I am breastfeeding. I do it everywhere :) Stay strong....you are doing what is best for your child! When he is ready he will let you know. Besides, everyone I talk to says you want to do it at least their first year. Unfortunately, today their is a negative stigma attached to breastfeeding....especially in public. However, I feel it is the most natural and wonderful thing in the world! Hugs from a fellow breastfeeder <3
I am also breastfeeding my LO and I know how uncomfortable it is when you do it in public but it is the most natural and healthy food you can give your baby to..So, you should be proud of yourself moma.
Keep at it Momma! It does get easier. Right around 9 months, my daughter started getting a little more interested in solids. I've discovered that if we go out with her, I take a tub of gerber baby food and just use a restaurant spoon to feed her before our food gets to the table and then she plays with scraps while we eat. Does he take a bottle at all? Can you pump milk to give him while you are out? If not, around 8 months, we started giving my daughter apple juice (she was constipated, but that's another story for another time) in a glass. It's a bit messy at first but they do get the hang of it. Sometimes too, it's all about timing. If you know you're going out, load him up breastfeeding and on solids before you leave and plan on feeding when you get back. Taking baby with you to a restaurant too, is all about keeping them entertained. We've given my daughter bits of the appetizer bread, some french fries or a piece of fruit. We bring a few toys too, to let her play with while we're all eating. Breastfeeding shouldn't be a jail sentence. You can go out! You can take baby with you! If you know he's getting hungry and needs to be fed, just take him out to the car to feed him in the backseat if you're uncomfortable doing it in public. Mostly, if you're going out, it's making sure that you're not throwing off his napping schedule more than anything else.
Good luck! Don't let it get you down! Just think of how good it is for your baby that you breastfeed, how much you are saving your family in $ by breastfeeding and how unique of a relationship you have with your child because you chose to breastfeed.
I breastfed my son until he was almost 13 months old. He has only drank out of the bottle once in his whole life. I could never relax enough to pump so it was always me. My family and fiance were alway supportive, but at times it got tiring on all of us. BUT, I am able to tell you from the finish line (he is almost 15 months now) that it was SO WORTH IT! And I wouldn't change one bit of it. I still miss it sometimes. The cuddling and closeness was like nothing else. Next time you are breastfeeding, try to put everything else out of your mind and focus on your baby and just take in the moment. You not only provided the nourishment for the first 9 months, you have now done it for another 8! You are a super mom!!! You should be so proud of yourself! Don't let anyone tell you different!
Dont let anyone make you feel less than for breastfeeding there is nothing underrateed about doing the healthiest most fullfilling thing for your child(also this is your perception they may think nothing of maybe even envious that you stuck with it) alot of moms that dont bf sometimes feel guily and it comes across as judment. I breastfed my daughter for 26months YES 26months I am 21 yrs ld as well and at times I felt I wanted to go out and have MY body back but I am happy I loved to bf I weaned her about 5 days ago look up the benifits of breastfeeding past a year(the benifits of breastfeeding a toddler are the same as a newborn it builds up the immune system and has vital nutrition that food can not necessaraly provide). On facebook their is a group called the leaky b@@b join! so many mom breastfeed into toddlerhood, work, and live lives. If you want a night out just do it if your gone 4 hours your son will need 4-6oz he is 8 months he can also have food and water sometimes we feel bf and our babies attachment holds us back but it is ourselves leave your son with a family memeber and have a good time if you want to drink go ahead if you have 3 drink wait2- 3hrs many women think they have to pump and dump which is not the case!Good for you for hitting 8 months keep up the great work stick with it you wont regret it in the long run 1-2 1/2 years is just a drop in the bucket.http://www.llli.org/faq/advantagetoddler.html
Keep it up. You're doing a great job! My daughter is almost 20 months old and she still nurses. If anybody has anything negative to say about it (like my mother) I just change the subject or say, "hey, it's what works for us" and leave it at that. We're doing what we know is best for our kids, and that's all that matters.
Never apologize for giving your child the best.
I just came back from the library, where I breastfed my almost 7-month old child in front of 47 people, unapologetically and without shame. I sincerely don't see why you wouldn't feed your child when he and you want. You can go out--I take my baby to restaurants all the time, only not when it's Friday night and he's already cranky and tired. We go to museums and other public places, and if he needs, I sit down and nurse him. We traveled abroad alone, just the two of us, and I nursed on the plane, on the bus, at the airport, on the beach--you name it. I also usually drink wine at almost every dinner, and I nurse him normally. I think people sometimes worry too much about everything. So relax a little, and don't let anyone put you down or feel down for something that is great for you and your baby. (For the record, I have a 26-year old one who was breastfed until he was 13 months and he chose to wean. I also drank my occasional wine with meals and nursed him, and trust me, he came out more than OK...). Good luck.
You say you feel looked down on because you are STILL breastfeeding him. He's 8 months old! That's the age when babies are supposed to be breastfed! It's not like he's 6 years old and that could cause controversy. Don't worry about what other people think. Whether it's to breastfeed or not, or any other situation, you have to do what's best for your family. My mother in law has not been the most supportive of breastfeeding, but I think that's because she didn't do it and her daughter didn't do it with her son (he's 16) so this is all new to her. She doesn't really say anything outright negative, but it's also not the support you'd hope for. When my daughter was a baby my milk never really came in and she wouldn't latch so I pumped like crazy to try to make it work (which it didn't) and instead of supporting that, she just went out and bought more formula. Yeah, we needed it, but it just sent the wrong message. Instead of trying to be supportive and offer suggestions, she just kept pushing the formula. This time I still don't have enough milk, but I can provide about 40% of my son's food for the day. Last weekend we all went away and I was pumping regularly since baby was at home and she asked how long I was going to do that. It may have been an innocent question, but I sensed a little bit of "how long are you going to continue this nonsense" behind her question. Yeah, it's a ton of work pumping or nursing every few hours, but that's the choice I've made for my baby and our family. It really doesn't concern anyone else.
My suggestion for you to get out of the house would be to try to pump some extra milk so you can have a bottle to take with you if you aren't comfortable nursing in public. I personally would not nurse in public, but I also have a super wiggly, not-so-graceful nurser that would end up making a scene and spilling milk. He also wouldn't be full because of my low supply so I'd have to bottle feed him anyway when I was done so it just seems easier to just make a bottle or take a pumped bottle with us. I have nursed at people's houses, just not in a public place.
Don't wean your son just because you think that's what you "should" do. Only do it if you are both ready to stop. Try to at least keep going until a year (if you want to).