Are babies and toddlers allowed to eat at 4th of July parties? Should we allow our BBQ and beer to be sullied by the nutritional needs of a very small human? Can the celebration of the independence of our country really withstand a blatant disregard for breast modesty? I know it's radical, but I say yes, my fellow Americans. If you think babies should be allowed to eat at community celebrations then you, too, may be interested in the ways to respond to someone who shames you for breastfeeding at a 4th of July party.
Seriously, dear reader. While it might be hard to believe for some, even around friends and family breastfeeding shaming still happens. Yes, I sure as hell hoped we'd be past breast or formula-feeding shaming in the current era but, alas, it actually seems to have gotten worse. Anything and everything that you could possibly shame someone for seems up for grabs these days, and women feeding their children are not exempt from the scrutiny. Apparently.
My motto is as follows (and please feel free to take and use for yourself and at your discretion): it's better to be armed with a good comeback ahead of time and in case someone shames you, than to be left sputtering for words and internalizing some judgmental person's hatred. Here's my list of comebacks, and please feel free to add your own. Then message me. Seriously.