Would you, could you in outer space? On a date, or at the lake? These are just some ideas one mom offers up for where to breastfeed.
Vlogger and mom Caryn Canatella was inspired to create a Dr. Seuss-themed breastfeeding parody video by the amount of attention she gets for where she chooses to breastfeed her 7-month-old daughter, Cecilia.
"It is incredible the amount of opinions you face for every parenting decision, but how you choose [to] feed your baby seems to suddenly be of interest to everyone you know—even strangers on the street. Being told to cover up when I'm feeding my baby, which has happened on several occasions, is silly and unnecessary," Canatella told Today.com.
Indeed, most moms have found themselves in a similar situation. So they'll probably appreciate this tongue-in-cheek spoof that starts out by asking, "Wondering where you're allowed to breastfeed?" Then Canatella proceeds to offer up dozens of ideas.
"Brushing your teeth...on a date...at the lake...with a friend...while you spend..."
In each scenario, we see little Cecilia happily feeding away. The point is, there should be no wrong place to feed your baby.
"In a meeting...while it's sleeting...workin'...twerkin'...at the park...in the dark...with a hater...on a carousel...working out...on first base...in outer space..."
My favorite breastfeeding scenario is definitely either the sleeting moment or while Canatella is twerkin'. You go, mama! The one scene that makes me slightly nervous for the baby is when mom's working out with a heavy weight just over her head. Um, maybe in between sets? And in outer space? That would be a first!
"Wherever they need you," is the last scenario, and it's so true. A baby needs to eat when and where they need to eat. Period.
Canatella's hope is that her video, which she created in partnership with Latched Mama, will further the idea that there's no shame in how or where you feed your baby. "Breastfeeding should be no big deal at all," she says. "I wish people reacted [to seeing someone breastfeeding in public] by not reacting at all. It's as normal and ancient a practice as breathing, and it should be about as big of a deal as that. I hope this video helps women see they should feel no shame in feeding their child the way nature has provided."
So, where do you breastfeed?
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Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.