Though my hippie mom breastfed when I was born, I think she was an outlier in this country. Bottles have always seemed to be associated with feeding babies in TV shows and advertising, especially a generation ago. So it’s not hard to imagine there are things breastfeeding moms do now that horrify ‘80s parents (except, of course, for my mom). I don't hold it against them, though. I am pretty horrified by some things parents did in the '80s, too. For example, I have no recollection of being in a carseat… because my family never used one. For shame, mom and dad.
When I had my first kid, I was not above being judgmental of moms who weren’t breastfeeding. A co-worker had her baby two months before I did, and when I returned from my maternity leave, lamenting that there was no place to pump, I asked her where she did it. “Oh, breastfeeding is not in the picture,” she informed me. At the time, I was a little shocked. I mean, everything I had been reading indicated “breast was best." But now that I’ve graduated to being a seasoned mom, and have witnessed a lot of mom friends make different choices about breastfeeding, I am fully on board with the idea that “fed is best.”
So if I had some feelings about breastfeeding not even a decade ago, I am guessing that moms of my mother’s generation had some, too. And since the information surrounding new babies (and how parents formulated their choices due to that information) wasn’t based on as many studies as information is now, I think being "horrified"by new parents, and seasoned parents, and all parents that make different choices that bring us to question our own, is part of the overall parenting gig. The longer moms are having babies, the more we learn about what’s best for everyone.
Looking at the parenting through the eyes of '80s parents, here are some things that I think would horrify them about breastfeeding now: