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How should I handle rude comments about breastfeeding?

What's the best way to handle rude comments about breastfeeding my 10-month-old baby?
Submitted by Parents Team

Many moms hear negative comments from uninformed friends, family members, and even strangers. How you respond depends on your comfort level with the person involved. If your mother-in-law asks why you're still nursing, one option is to look her in the eye and say, "Our pediatrician recommends I nurse her until she's at least 1." Keep in mind that the commenter may simply be uncomfortable with breastfeeding because she doesn't know enough about it. Try telling her why it's so beneficial, then ask for her support. If she still makes rude remarks or gives disapproving looks, do your best to ignore them. --Sarah Van Buskirk

Originally published in Parents magazine, February 2005. Updated 2009

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