Momming Hard

15 Most Obnoxious Things People Have Said to Breastfeeding Moms

Your breasts are pretty big!

“I once had a complete stranger stop me and my baby on our stroller walk to tell me that I must be doing a great job breastfeeding because my breasts are so big. I’m talking complete stranger! What’s wrong with people? My husband freaked out when I told him the story.” — Cara, 26

Did she eat enough?

“My husband, bless his heart, was always concerned with our daughter getting enough to eat. It seemed like every one of my nursing sessions was followed up with a question from him: Do you think she had enough to eat? I legit wanted to strangle him. I don’t know if she had enough to eat! My breasts aren’t made of glass, so I can’t see if there’s any milk left in there. But I do know that she ate from one breast for a while and pushed off. Then ate from the other breast for a while and pushed off. So I’m assuming she’s satisfied because she’s not crying right now. No one more than me (her mother) wishes she could just say, ‘Thanks, mom! I’m all done for now.'” — Claudia, 32

You’d have so much more freedom if you just gave the kid a bottle!

“My mother-in-law is a big proponent of formula-feeding because she thinks it’s just easier and a mom isn’t ‘tied down’ to her baby all the time. I can’t tell you how many times I heard her tell me, ‘You’d have so much more freedom if you just gave the kid a bottle!’ I get it. But it’s my choice to breastfeed, so please respect my choice.” — Anna, 29

Would you be more comfortable covering up?

“I was traveling for work with my husband, our nanny, and my baby. When we were all at the airport, my son started getting fussy and was making tongue-thrusts to signal his hunger. When my son is hungry, I feed him there and then. And that’s what I did. I’m used to dirty looks, but this was the first time I actually got a comment. An older lady across the way asked me if I would be more comfortable covering up. I replied, ‘Well, I know you’d be more comfortable, but I’m all good here — thanks!'” — Mona, 27

Isn’t she too old?

“I breastfed my daughter until she was about 14 months and my mother-in-law couldn’t handle that. ‘Isn’t she too old for you to be nursing her still?’ she’d ask me. I wanted to say, ‘Look, your son is 32 and you still basically nurse him, so I don’t see what the issue is.'” — Tori, 32

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