Breastfeeding is, for reasons that are both baffling and infuriating, still a controversial and constantly debated activity. Sadly, when you breastfeed for any length of time, you have to brace yourself to endure all kinds of comments, questions and potential criticisms. It's kind of like being a feminist, actually, which is why there are lots of reasons being a feminist prepares you for breastfeeding.
For me, the actual process of getting pregnant and giving birth cemented my full entrance into feminism, so I was still kind of new at being a proud feminist when I started breastfeeding. I was still struggling with body positivity and, while I tried not to worry about being judged if I had to feed my daughter in public, I was still a little worried about what other people thought. As I raised my daughter, my values surrounding what it means to be a woman who is equal in every way to those around her, crystallized.
By the time I had my son, nearly three years later, I was ready for anything when it came to breastfeeding. I was also willing to support, and go to bat for, any other woman's choices regarding breastfeeding, which is part of why I love writing about breastfeeding so much. To me, being a feminist means being an advocate for every woman's rights, and breastfeeding is and should definitely be included in those rights. Here are 10 more reasons being a feminist prepares you for breastfeeding: