How many weddings have you attended in your lifetime? While you're counting, here's another quickie question: How many times have you dealt with a bridezilla? Likely, not every wedding has produced an ungrateful, demanding bride, and hopefully, you've never had to be shamed for breastfeeding at their wedding celebration. Unfortunately, one mom was forced to leave her infant with a friend who subbed as a wet nurse so she could follow the rules of an insensitive Mrs-to-be.
An anonymous mom of a three-month-old baby shared the story of the major breastfeeding shaming she was subject to when she was invited to a pal's nuptials. Tthis bride sent a note in the wedding invite informing breastfeeding moms she was "thinking of them" and "sensitive to the fact you may have to breastfeed during our event." Seems nice, right? A little acknowledgement of the tough job you're doing to ensure your child is happy and healthy, while also dressing up for a wedding and purchasing a gift?
The note continued: "...therefore we have designated an appropriate place for you to feed your baby so you do not have to in front of our family and friends."
Aw, how sweet. You might be thinking she arranged for a little room off to the side where her mom friends could pump in private.
Eh, think again! The spot? You guessed it—a bathroom, where they provided folding chairs and blankets. Are you rolling your eyes with us yet? An uncomfortable seat squished into the restroom. Which is, you know, the restroom. Not so thoughtful.
To put the icing on the wedding cake, the mom happened to be the wife of the best man, putting her in a sticky situation where she couldn't back out of the event or call out the judgemental bride. Also, no word on how many moms received this special insert in their invite to the wedding… or how many instantly through the nonsense in the trash.
What would you do in this situation?