Today’s Sunday Slurp is by The Leaky B@@b’s mom, Victoria. This is the first time I’ve heard this story and boy, does it explain a lot. I’m proud of my mom. Happy Mother’s Day to all Leakies, past, present, future and Leaky at heart.
Mother’s Day……if you are a mother everyday is a mother’s day. A work day. Being as I didn’t have hired help as in housekeeping, cooking, shopping, you get the idea. I was all of those, as motherhood goes for most. One thing unique to being a mother, that a father can’t do, is breastfeed. So, I decided that breastfeeding was important and needed. My 2 child and my first daughter was born on April 8th, about a month before Mother’s Day. I was excited and ready to take her out with me to the Mother’s Day Brunch at church. Since this was her first outing I was delighted to be going out. Jessica, my daughter, woke up happy but ready to eat while we were still at the brunch. I started to feed her. Being as this was a women only event I didn’t think there would be a problem. Wrong, it was 1978. Some thought I should go to the restroom to feed her. The restroom is not a place to rest, it is a place for waste, it is a place to change diapers, not to feed anyone. I didn’t go and started nursing at the table. I did cover up to keep the peace and keep grandma happy. She didn’t nurse me or my brother and didn’t understand. Before leaving the table to go home some of the woman started talking about nursing in public. I shared that this was as natural as life itself. It isn’t “dirty” or a sexual act, but it is bonding for the mother and child.
That Mother’s Day was special because I took my first born daughter to a brunch, shared the “freedom” of nursing, and started on the road to having a very free spirited child. Who grew up into a free spirited woman. She now has The Leaky B@@b and has breastfed all 5 of her own daughters.
In the evening, when it was just baby and me, I would occasionally have a small glass of wine while I nursed and take as much time as the baby would want to nurse. The comfort of a happy baby filled with mommy milk and that precious baby smile was the best Mother’s Day gift and I got to have that every day.
Mom of The Leaky B@@b