Breastfeeding is a natural and beautiful occurrence between mother and child. Here in Bacolod City, breastfeeding moms share their photos while breastfeeding as well as their ideas about doing it in public. This is to normalize breastfeeding in Bacolod.
Breastfeeding is Best for Babies
Most of us know that breastfeeding is the best way to feed babies. But the present situation in our society is that, the natural feeding act by mother and child is being overshadowed by the convenience of formula milk. It is more common sight to see a babysitter feeding a baby from the bottle than a mom feeding her baby directly from her bosom.
Because of that, people are no longer used to seeing moms opening up their blouses to breastfeed their kids in public. Now, breastfeeding moms are expected to cover up while feeding in a public place because it is considered “scandalous” or even “immoral” if they just simply “bare” themselves while feeding their hungry baby.
If ever there are some brave breastfeeding mothers who don’t care about what other people say, their pictures are taken without their consent and posted online where they are taunted, mocked, and bullied on social media. I was even a victim once when I posted a breastfeeding photo on Instagram. And I didn’t expect that the bullying would even come from another mom!
Normalize Breastfeeding Campaign
The Normalize Breastfeeding movement is a worldwide attempt to change people’s perspectives. It’s intended to make the act of breastfeeding a normal everyday sight so that people will get used to it.
So you see, what used to be normal was breastfeeding. But decades of using feeding bottles while feeding babies have rendered the mom’s bosom merely as an object of desire now. People would accept photos of women showing their cleavage provocatively in billboards, magazines, or on social media but they would smirk or even look with disdain if it was a mother feeding her child.
Let’s help breastfeeding moms in Bacolod become confident by making the act acceptable again in the community. It is an instinctive act, a beautiful bond, a natural process to breastfeed babies and toddlers from the mother’s bosom.
And they cannot choose the time and place to do so because babies can get hungry anytime, anywhere. It would also be inhumane to force them to feed their babies in public restrooms for fear of humiliation. Nobody in his or her right mind would eat in the toilet. Why should we then let our babies be forced to feed amidst the stink and germs of a public restroom?
My Beautiful Breastfeeding Portrait
For me, my most beautiful personal portrait is my breastfeeding portrait taken by my brother, Iman, who is a professional photographer. Our little Shane was just more than a year old then. I have breastfed her for 3 1/2 years before weaning her. It was just so full of emotions.
For a Healthier Bacolod
Let’s be supportive of this online campaign to normalize breastfeeding in Bacolod for a healthier next generation. Our hashtag is #NormalizeBreastfeedingBacolod.
If you are a breastfeeding mom, I would encourage you to submit your breastfeeding in public photo. We can feature you and your baby on our FB page to help normalize breastfeeding in Bacolod. With your submission, please furnish us with your complete name, address, age, and a short testimony about breastfeeding through PRIVATE MESSAGING. Link below.
Sigrid - Bacolod Blogger
Sigrid is a work at home mom and Bacolod blogger who tries to juggle taking care of the kids, homeschooling in Bacolod, covering events, designing, writing, and blogging. After finishing her degree in Mass Communications from the University of St. La Salle, she went on to become a news reporter/writer for a local daily and eventually pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter and graphics designer. After her stint in the corporate world, she became a freelance writer, contributing to national and international publications covering a variety of topics. She was a contributing food writer to COOK Magazine before she became a food and mommy blogger. She blogs at: