Here are the breastfeeding advocacy questions on my mind today: when I attend a breastfeeding support group meeting, should I attempt to refrain from breastfeeding my 2.5-year-old so as not to shock or possibly alienate the new mothers? What about toddler nursing in public? Does it open people’s eyes about the prevalence and duration of breastfeeding and advance the cause of nursing in public, or does toddler nursing set back the cause?
I don’t make a point of nursing in public or nursing anywhere for that matter. I simply respond to my toddler’s needs, whenever and wherever she has them. There are times when I might be able to distract her when ordinarily I would nurse her. Certainly I could delay nursing until I reach a more private location.
It just saddens me a bit — a breastfeeding support group is the one place where I would expect to be able to nurse my child without hesitation. Unfortunately, there seems to be an age where that’s no longer true. I’ve had one person suggest to me that toddler nursing in the support group meeting interferes with the mission of promoting breastfeeding. Is there a line after which breastfeeding should be closeted, even at a breastfeeding support group meeting? Where is the line — at what age?