In our culture breastfeeding has a lot of emotions attached to it.
The kind neighbor who offered me her scarf at the park might think it was something I was embarrassed by. (It wasn't.)
The well-meaning adults that averted eyes or subtly directed conversation elsewhere might have thought I desired privacy. (I didn't.)
The little girl at the library who stared incredulously and asked, wide-eyed, "What is she doing?!" perhaps thought I'd be as astonished as she was that a small creature was sucking from my chest. (No luck here, my friend.)
My hope is that World Breastfeeding Week will serve to normalize breastfeeding for everyone - moms, dads, grandparents, friends, neighbors, strangers and passersby - so that it isn't anything to notice. It just... is.
If you're local to Chicago, check out our event on August 9!