I keep a running list of all the especially cool places my son and I have nursed, including on top of a mountain, inside a cave, the House Chamber in the U.S. Capitol Building, and RCA Studio B. It recently occurred to me that this is probably one of those breastfeeding moments only millennial moms have. Aside from the fact that the list is on my phone, nothing about breastfeeding a young child (or as they knew it, feeding a young child) would seem remarkable to moms throughout most of human history. By contrast, more recent previous generations of moms in the U.S. either wouldn't have been as likely to breastfeed at all, or may not have had a) the nerve to breastfeed in most public places, or b) recognized that even though they have the right to do so, that breastfeeding in public is still considered taboo for the act to be subversive enough to be worth documenting.
Sure, mothers have been nursing their children for millennia, but none have done it quite like millennials. We benefit from a ton of advancements in research and technology to support us in making and maintaining our feeding choices, plus the advocacy of previous generations that worked to re-normalize breastfeeding after decades of stigma and lost cultural knowledge. And of course, we bring our own norms, attitudes, and ideas to breastfeeding, as we do to everything else about parenting.
Plus we keep track of everything on our phones and posted on social media. (Future historians and sociologists, on behalf of millennial moms everywhere, I say you're welcome for the massive trove of primary sources we're leaving you regarding our infant feeding practices, decision-making processes, and cultural norms around breastfeeding and everything else.) You know you're a breastfeeding millennial mom if you recognize most or all of the following moments.