Excuse me while I take my shirt off in public. I have a human to grow.

A guest post by Julia Harvey.

When Julia posted this on her instagram during World Breastfeeding Week, I was blown away by the gorgeous way she captured the experience of breastfeeding – and asked her if we could share it here. Thank you for articulating this so well, and being willing to share it beyond your own circle, Julia. And congrats on that beautiful bubba.

Don't worry you don't see anything 😉I have been very hesitant/reluctant to post this photo, even though I quite enjoy it, but it's #worldbreastfeedingweek so I thought I could share my experience thus far. 1) I'd like to say how strange if is to go from never taking your shirt off in public to taking your shirt off a lot in public. Id like to say I am confident and don't care about the opinions, stares or just general awkwardness it can create but I think every new mom will have experienced this at some point. I am adjusting to this new life and just know that I don't take pleasure in exposing myself in public but I do take pleasure in feeding my child and my body is not just my own, it's being shared at the moment! 2) Let's communicate! I think a lot of the awkwardness comes from men because they aren't sure if they should look, not look, continue to talk to you, leave the room, possibly the country. I understand it's not "normal" etiquette, BELIEVE ME I am as uncomfortable as you are don't worry! Part of this whole #normalizebreastfeeding is starting a conversation (for men and women alike!) It could go something like "hey i am going to feed my baby, I am okay with doing it right here, you may continue as you are, I won't be offended if you accidentally catch a glance, staring might be strange though…" The opening statement is still a work in progress! 3) I am not saying that every time you see me I am going to be feeding or that I am going to be comfortable to breastfeed out in the open but I am saying that I am not going to go into a different room every time and when it's 35 degrees the last thing I want is to wear a blanket while a warm little person is sticking to me 4) How amazing is a women's body!?! First I grew a person, I GREW a PERSON that now exists on this planet and as soon as my body was done harbouring a human it automatically transitioned to being able to feed said human. Literally this baby has survived solely on milk that my body has produced. That's INSANELY amazing! Let's focus on that!! #inspirepregnancy

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Here’s her story:

I have been very hesitant/reluctant to post this photo, even though I quite enjoy it, but it’s #worldbreastfeedingweek so I thought I could share my experience thus far.

1) I’d like to say how strange it is to go from never taking your shirt off in public to taking your shirt off a lot in public.

I’d like to say I am confident and don’t care about the opinions, stares or just general awkwardness it can create, but I think every new mom will have experienced this at some point.

I am adjusting to this new life. Just know that I don’t take pleasure in exposing myself in public, but I do take pleasure in feeding my child. My body is not just my own, it’s being shared at the moment!

2) Let’s communicate! I think a lot of the awkwardness comes from men (because they aren’t sure if they should look, not look, continue to talk to you, leave the room, possibly the country.)

I understand it’s not “normal” etiquette, BELIEVE ME I am as uncomfortable as you are, don’t worry!

Part of this whole #normalizebreastfeeding is starting a conversation (for men and women alike!)

It could go something like “hey i am going to feed my baby, I am okay with doing it right here, you may continue as you are, I won’t be offended if you accidentally catch a glance, staring might be strange though…”

The opening statement is still a work in progress!

3) I am not saying that every time you see me I am going to be feeding or that I am going to be comfortable to breastfeeding out in the open but I am saying that I am not going to go into a different room every time and when it’s 35 degrees the last thing I want is to wear a blanket while a warm little person is sticking to me.
4) How amazing is a women’s body!?! First I grew a person, I GREW a PERSON that now exists on this planet and as soon as my body was done harbouring a human it automatically transitioned to being able to feed said human.

Literally this baby has survived solely on milk that my body has produced. That’s INSANELY amazing! Let’s focus on that!! #inspirepregnancy

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