Anyone who has had a baby in the past however many millennia will know that our parenting decisions are always up for discussion. Nowhere more so than those delightful public opinions on whether or not we’re feeding our babies the way the person sitting next to us in any given café, Drs surgery, mode of public transport….I could go on…agrees with.
Fortunately being approached in public with comments from Joe and Josephine Bloggs is pretty rare and the great news is that if you’re breastfeeding in public, you’re legally protected and we have cut out and keep cards that you can print to show people who might be stuck in the 50’s. They’re called ‘It’s Good to be Right’ cards. Of course, the best and most important thing that we can do for each other is to offer our support to everyone we meet no matter how they’re feeding their baby. A kind word, extra glass of water or understanding glance, if invited, goes a long way.
However, we thought you might appreciate a few witty(ish) comebacks to have in your back pocket just in case.
“Urgh, is that formula you’re giving them?”
Yeah, it’s OK, I give the poison at home.
Didn’t you even try to breastfeed?”
Funny you should mention that, I was hoping a stranger would ask me about what I do with my reproductive organs today, how are yours?
“Do you realise you’re putting your baby at risk (of ….)?”
Bold of you talk about risk when you’re the one approaching strangers with unsolicited bullshit.
If ever asked to ‘cover-up’
Which bit exactly is bothering you? Anatomical terms only please.
It’s probably easier if you just look the other way.
I’m not sure, but if you ask nicely, I’m sure they’ll serve your meal to you in the bathroom.
We’re protected by The Equalities Act 2010. What’s your excuse?
We’re protected by the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Act 2005. What’s your excuse?
Breastfeeding and [gasp] Extended Breastfeeding
“Are you still breastfeeding?”
Why? Would you like some?
“When do you think you’ll stop?”
I expect I’ll just start expressing when she/he leaves home
“Aren’t they a bit big for that?”
Thank you! Actually, they’re all mine, I’m shooting a calendar soon though, would you like to pre-order?