Despite all the information we have about the benefits of breastmilk and breastfeeding, doing it in public remains a controversial topic.
I was one of the lucky ones. I never had to give my son formula. I breastfed him for 18 months, and it was, by far, the most difficult challenges I’ve had to encounter as a mother (as of yet). Breastpumps, while they exist, are not ideal as they do not empty the breast the way a child can. Therefore, using pumps exclusively can greatly diminish the milk supply. Frankly, I couldn’t imagine not being able to nurse my child on one of the most important days of my life.
Anecia Wright felt the same way. According to an article in the Huffington Post, Wright breastfed her 4-month old son, Jayce, while still in her wedding gown at her mother’s house before the ceremony.
The day I chose my wedding dress I instantly fell in love with myself in the mirror…I went into the dressing room and I tested the dress out to make sure my breast would be easily accessible and it wasn’t until that moment when I knew I found my dress! She told The Huffington Post
Wright’s photo was originally shared on the Black Woman Do Breastfeed Instagram Account HERE. The caption read:
I would like to share my photo on your page of me breastfeeding my son on my wedding day. This picture is very important to me because at the age of 22 so many people doubted me and said I would give up on breastfeeding and here I am 4 months later and still going strong. I enjoy nursing my son and I made sure when I chose my wedding dress I would be able to nurse throughout my entire night. And I was able to. So I just want to share with women that no matter who doubts you or who turns their noses up to breastfeeding that it can be done. No one should make them feel embarrassed about feeding their child in the most natural way.