Were you beginning to think I had disappeared?! The harvest crazies got to me for a little while but I am back! I have my parents here helping with the girls and farming right now and it is such a blessing. The girls love them so much, in fact my toddler prefers ‘her Yaya’ to me hehe!
Yesterday I put myself in a vulnerable place by sharing a photo of myself nursing my 9 month old while combining. I have already had someone accuse me of being a horrible mother and tag child services in a tweet about me bringing my girls along while farming. I was worried that people might have a similar issue with me having my little one not only in the combine but in my arms. I also worried about the reaction I would get because it was a breastfeeding photo. I have nursed both my girls and to me breastfeeding is beautiful, natural and so convenient. I am well aware that the opinion of the general public is not always as accepting of the breast when it is put out there in a non sexual way.
I am blown away by the response I received to my photo! It has been so heartwarming to read the positive comments coming in from both men and women. I shared the photo on Twitter, Instagram and on multiple agricultural pages on Facebook and there was not a single negative comment, not one! I am so happy I put that photo out into the interworld. Not only because we still need to work on normalizing breastfeeding but because for me it is a raw, magical moment that expresses my journey through motherhood and farming.
As one gentleman so aptly commented. “Feeding the world, while feeding one”