Let's get one thing straight.
Babies are not convenient.
Not from the moment they attach their minuscule selves to our insides, making us crave bologna sandwiches for breakfast, yet sending us running for the nearest thing to hurl into at the faintest whiff of a vanilla-scented candle. And certainly not when we become completely wiped out after such rigorous activity as, say, making ourselves a piece of toast. And later down the road, when their presence is more visible and they instigate a fun game of Guess Which Limb That Is, Jabbing Me in the Ribs/Stomach/Bladder/Kidneys/Liver and God Knows What Else. And as for the poor mom who endured the bizarre sensation of her baby using his teeny, pokey little fingers to tickle the very bottom of her uterus before he was born, and no amount of jumping, pressing, or yelping would make it stop, her baby was certainly not convenient.
Certainly, none of that is convenient.
The simple, natural act of relocating those babies from within our bodies, into the outside world, is probably the least convenient thing that I can think of. Natural, yes. Convenient, no.
We accept the fact that our children do not come into the world ready to use the toilet. We spend a bundle on diapers and accept the whole poop thing, and hope we have a camera ready the first time daddy gets squirted in the face by his new baby boy. We have a child knowing we will change their diapers and wipe their bottoms some eight or nine thousand times before they are potty trained.
Then why on earth do some not accept that feeding and nourishing their child may not be the most convenient thing for mom? Why do some parents decide it isn't worth the investment of a little more of their time and effort to give their baby the most superior nourishment, designed just for them? Let me put in the disclaimer here: This post does not refer to that tiny percentage of moms who, despite their absolute, very best efforts, and due to very special circumstances, wound up having to bottle feed. I am talking about all parents who decide it's just not worth the "hassle" for mom to have to be the one to feed the baby all of the time. There is a biological reason for this setup. A baby is meant to have lots and lots of close cuddling with their mama, and nursing encourages this close contact.
It has been proven that breastfed babies have lower obesity rates later in life, along with fewer allergies and a better immune system, along with countless other benefits. Plus, it's free, always at the right temperature, and frankly, I thought this was a tremendously convenient way to feed my baby. No powder, cans, measuring, or getting the water to be just right. Baby's hungry? Lift shirt. Baby's happy.
I just think it would be lovely if people everywhere would view breastfeeding as the most natural, logical thing. I never want to hear another story of a woman being told to feed her child in the bathroom or being given dirty looks for nursing in public. I would love to hear mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters and husbands encouraging the new moms in their families to breastfeed. A positive environment can go a long way for a new mom who is nursing. All of us can support them. Yes, it can have its challenges, so negative comments, or talk of giving up breastfeeding, in favor of what is "easier", can be very discouraging to an already tired mom.
We are supposed to be an evolved society. Let's behave as such and encourage all new moms to give their babies the best possible start in life by breastfeeding. It has been scientifically proven to be the superior baby food, the absolute best thing we can nourish our babies with. Don't they deserve our absolute best?