Self-portrait taken today with my son. There are many ways breastfeeding begs to be normalized. For me right now, it’s normalizing full-term/child led weaning/extended breastfeeding with my 3.5 year old. I admit that I never breastfeed my son in public anymore. I feel like somehow I would be committing a criminal act when all I am doing is providing comfort and nourishment for my son. I see that with my discomfort in breastfeeding my son in public these days that there is a whole new way for me to promote and support feminism.
I still have milk, he still wants his “nah nahs” as he calls it and nothing, absolutely nothing soothes him better… I have tried to wean him multiple times and I have at last surrendered to the flow of my relationship with my son.
If this offends you, ask a me a question rather than call me names. Let’s learn from one another. Let’s be fee from fear of our differences and let’s be filled with curiosity and compassion!
*My son eats mostly normal food. Breastfeeding is more a supplement at this point and hugely comforting for him.
*My mother breastfed me until I was 5 and I would have been proud of her to share her rad commitment to me had there been social media back in the 80’s, and I grew up to be a pretty amazing woman and feminist that LOVES my parent.
–Jade Beall is co-founder of A Beautiful Body Project. To book a private photoshoot with her in her Tucson studio or to bring her to your location for a group event, email jade [@] abeautifulbodyproject.com