In response to a comment on my first post about breastfeeding the twins I thought I’d explain why I post photos of the twins breastfeeding. Not that I have to justify my decisions to anyone.
So, my reasons for taking and posting breastfeeding photos:
1. Breastfeeding is a major part of parenting the twins at the moment. Let’s face it, newborns aren’t exactly the most exciting of beings, they just lay around sleeping and looking cute for most of the day (if you’re lucky they sleep lots overnight too), waking occassionally to be fed (or not so occassionally at that lovely 6 week growth spurt). Most of the twins awake time at the moment is spent breastfeeding. So I could take photos of me changing nappies but I think breastfeeding photos sum up our bond at the moment pretty nicely.
2. Breastfeeding twins is HARD. Stating the obvious much? I have posted many Facebook statuses and photos on Facebook for this reason. Whether I’m posting about the good or the bad I’m doing it to push myself on, to keep motivated to get through the hard bits. And it’s so nice getting the comments from friends cheering me on too, I read back over those in the hard moments when bottles become oh so appealing.
3. Breastfeeding is natural. Breasts are there to feed babies, that is their primary purpose. Unfortunately our society now views breasts as sexual so getting your breasts out to feed your baby is somehow shocking. Getting my breasts out to feed my babies is the most natural thing in the world. I’m feeding my babies, I’m not trying to titilate or be “sexy” don’t like it, don’t look. Simple.
4. For other twin mums. When I was pregnant I was fascinated by breastfeeding twins, I wanted as much information on it as possible, I wanted to see how it was done, how it worked logistically. And when you’re feeling utterly miserable, sore and barely leaving the house, the internet is where you turn. Women sharing their photos and stories of their breastfeeding journey inspired me and helped make me determined to give it my all.
So there you go. Sorry you find such a natural thing revolting AreYouKiddingMe, but I don’t.