An Open Letter to the LDS Leadership Regarding Breastfeeding

Written in response to this.



To the leadership of the LDS Church,

I am a born and raised member of the LDS Church. My mother wasn’t able to breastfeed me, and I don’t have many memories of women breastfeeding around me when I was young. In 2006 I had a breast reduction, and when they asked me if breastfeeding was important to me I said it wasn’t really, because I didn’t know anything about it. I had no strong examples of breastfeeding women to want to emulate. Growing up in the LDS Church I was consistently told that motherhood was my most important role in life, but I knew nothing about how the act of feeding my baby from my own body, or how much I would want to make breastfeeding work once I had children of my own.

In 2010 I gave birth to our first child, a son. I poured all of my time and energy into trying to make nursing work, but after three weeks I decided it wasn’t going to work and switched to formula. I was devastated, and believe I missed out on crucial bonding opportunities with him. I am grateful for the women in my life, like my visiting teacher who loaned me a breast pump so I wouldn’t have to figure out where to rent or buy one, who helped me through that difficult time.

In February of 2013 our second child, a daughter, was born. This time around I have a much stronger support system made up of women with a variety of experiences related to breastfeeding, and though I don’t know how long I will be able to keep up my current schedule of nursing/pumping/formula, it is incredibly reassuring to hear over and over that the challenges I am facing are not unique, and that others have persevered. This culture of support has made feeding my first newborn and feeding my second newborn as different as night and day.

I haven’t been back to church yet but when I do go I want to be in a place that cheers me on for every moment spent trying to feed and bond with her. My husband travels for work on a weekly basis, and sometimes he has to work on Sunday. I don’t even know how I would manage gathering up my 2-year-old and keeping him entertained in the mother’s lounge while I tried to nurse our second. I want my priority to be her and her needs, and I don’t want to spend a single second worrying that I might offend someone who mistakenly believes that there is anything gross, sexual, or inappropriate about feeding my child.

Please make a public statement that encourages the membership of the LDS Church to support women as they attend to the needs of their children. Please revise the Church Handbook of Instructions to make it clear to local leaders that the only appropriate message to give in response to a woman breastfeeding at Church or Church-related activities is “You are a wonderful mother.” Because no matter how a woman feeds her baby, she is doing a beautiful thing

Jenna Andersen

100 thoughts on “An Open Letter to the LDS Leadership Regarding Breastfeeding

  1. The picture of T1 watching T2 eat makes me a little teary. I’m so looking forward to showing my toddler how breastfeeding works and raising a family of children for whom the process is completely normal. Best of luck and go you for advocating!

  2. Bravo! I had a reduction in 1998 and stated I was not concerned with breastfeeding in the future. My son was 2 years old at the time. I was 19 when he was born. I breastfed for 6-8 weeks. In 2010, I welcomed my daughter.

    It was a ridiculously rocky and difficult start. For a few months, I had to supplement with donated breastmilk.

    My daughter, likely my last biological child, is 27 months and we are still going strong.

  3. Preach it! 🙂 Although I breastfeed my son wherever I want at church (we’re LDS too)… by the time you get to your third you don’t care. I’ve nursed in sacrament meeting, Sunday school, relief society, the foyer, and the mothers room. But my biggest reason for not wanting to nurse in the mother’s room is the POOPY DIAPERS. Our building is old so there’s no where to change diapers in the bathroom, so everyone does it in the mother’s room. And when you have 1:00 church you have the entire day’s worth of poopy diapers just festering in there. I tried to nurse in there at first but there is only so much diaper smell you can handle. And this is probably bad, but whenever I nurse on the nice comfy couches in the foyer I get satisfaction from seeing the older men in the ward look uncomfortable. I guess I should point out I always use a cover so you can’t see ANYTHING, so yup, not sorry at all. (and I use a cover because I’m too small chested for nursing bras so I have to use normal bras, which means to get boob access I have to push everything up out of the way, which exposes my muffin top and garments. I’m not comfortable with the world seeing my backside so I cover it all up)

    Oh, and if I do need to leave sacrament meeting with the baby when my husband’s gone (he’s in the military so he’s gone a lot) I ask a nearby YW or YM to sit with my kids while I’m gone. It works out great (and I’m pretty sure my boys prefer sitting with them than me).

    Jessica Reply:

    Wow, someone’s touchy about the subject… I don’t interpret TW’s post as “I want to be supported for breastfeeding.” Especially given the FMH post, this is more about the Mormon church welcoming breastfeeding.

    You’re saying: “I’ve always had a great experience, so everyone who has not had a great experience is a liar wanting to generate fake drama.” (note, as a bonus, that this logic also works great in more serious cases, like child abuse)

    I would say: “The way the Mormon church is structured, some people are going to have good experience – if they have good bishops – some people are going to have a bad experience – maybe they don’t have good bishops – and the church could just come out and support breastfeeding and then everyone would have a good experience.” Problem solved.

    Emilia Reply:

    Except she DID say she wants to be cheered on and told she’s a wonderful mother.

    While I don’t doubt that the Church could be more supportive, this does sound a lot like she’s trying to shift the blame. These were her children. A dirty look by a stranger in church never stopped anybody from breastfeeding if they wanted to.

  4. I think it is completely unfair to blame this on the church. This is how it is all over the US, not just in the LDS church. What is the big deal with just covering it up? Why then should it be okay to expose your breast when breast feeding, but not any other time? Because it is just manners and modesty.

    Jenna Reply:

    Plenty of LDS missionaries who have served in Latin America have said exactly the opposite – there, the women breastfeed uncovered in front of everyone. Modesty is a cultural construct and the American way isn’t necessarily the right way.

    Neitzy Reply:

    Well said! Feeding a child is not about modesty, the breast is the apparatus that the child is fed with. It is not a sexual object, so modesty should not be an issue.

    Kristin Reply:

    I feel like you didn’t read Sara’s comment. She said that it’s a United States thing – not just a church thing. Your comment just pointed out that OUTSIDE of the United States, it’s not the same way. I don’t think Sara was arguing with that.

    And to your comment, if modesty is a cultural construct (and thereby is not followed in the same way in Latin America (and other places) – even in the church), then why should we force other cultural constraints on women? Or even people in general?

    sara Reply:

    Jenna, you just supported my point. This is an American issue, not one with the church.

    I have read your blog for a long time, and as a fairly new member of the church I have to say it is very negative. I don’t understand what the problem is you have with the church, but I feel like you need to do some soul searching and quit blaming your insecurities on it. You always seem to have these perceived injustices and discriminations without anything ever actually happening to you. It seems like you have an axe to grind, and you have chosen the church as your target. Find out where this anger is coming from, and fix the problems there instead of publicly making unfounded accusations against an organization that has given you your life and your family.

    tf Reply:

    I dont think comparing across cultures is even a good comparison. Just because another culture does it different doesn’t make it wrong or right. It just makes it different. Their are cultures that do things that you would never push for here in america. Cultures are different that’s okay.

    tanne Reply:

    Like eat horse.

    Sara2 Reply:

    I know in other parts of the world it’s completely normal to see a woman breastfeeding and not covering up. I get it. It’s a natural thing to do; however, in this country I honestly believe it’s just not something people are comfortable with and never will be. How is it different to ask a woman to not dress inappropriately for church and yet a woman is sitting in the pew with her breast hanging out so her child can nurse? Really, it’s not any different in the American culture and that’s just the way it is. Your religion is very strict on dress codes and wearing garments so I’m not at all surprised that people would be even more upset that they would witness or children would witness something that in our society is considered wrong.

    I may not have children but one day I will but I for one will not be sitting around on a bench with my breast out so everyone can see. What’s wrong with being modest? What’s wrong with having a little privacy? Just because you’re nursing doesn’t mean you have to expose yourself. That’s what I’m saying. Do I think breastfeeding is gross and unnatural and wrong? No. Do I think all women should just give a child a bottle instead? No. But I do think women need to be mindful that many people do not wish to see a breast out for all to see.

    I know I’ll get a lot of grief for this but that’s just my opinion.

    Steph Reply:

    I agree with Jackie. My gripe with our culture is that we’ve sexualized breasts to the extent we no longer remember at least 1/2 of what they’re good for. I’m not big into seeing breasts in public, but maybe it’s not about me, but about a baby’s need for food?

    Making women cover or hide away while breastfeeding only encourages the sexualization of breasts. Both girls and boys grow up learning that breasts are for fantasizing about, not for feeding babies, which unfortunately repeats the whole cycle as they grow up.

    I think best practices from other cultures are relevant to the discussion. Culture is fluid and is constantly changing in subtle ways. If our culture has flaws, we can push for those changes. I admire Jenna and others for pushing for cultural change regarding open breastfeeding.

    Just my $0.02.

    HRC Reply:

    Exactly. The problem here isn’t the women feeding their babies, it is the people that insist on sexualising breasts in any context. It is bizarre.

    Jackie Reply:

    The point of covering up breasts in general is so men don’t lust. Some women, like LDS, choose to be modest in their dress to help their brothers. But breastfeeding isn’t an act that should cause men to lust. There the breast is being used as a tool, not a sex object. Many women find covers hot, bothersome, and implying they should be ashamed.

    Steph Reply:

    Yes, I agree that there should be a sense of modesty. My mother breastfed around us children, but she was mindful of others and didn’t expose herself in public. It was a beautiful, natural thing to see her breastfeed at home, but she didn’t flaunt it to the world. There needs to be a sense of decency and class when breastfeeding in public. Our culture is one based on modesty more than other cultures, and I don’t see anything wrong with that. Someone said that maybe the American way isn’t the right way. But, then again, who’s to say that exposing yourself as they do in Latin America isn’t the right way either. If you’re trying to take a stand and make a point to the church, I would advise you to be careful.

  5. “You are a wonderful mother.” Because no matter how a woman feeds her baby, she is doing a beautiful thing”

    Wonderful sentiment and right on. All of our communities, whether religious or secular, should support us as we try to do our best for our babies. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I disagree with this letter, I feel like the church supports and applauds mothers in all their capacities. I am so grateful the church provides a separate and pleasant atmosphere where mothers can freely breastfeed their children without having to disrupt, intrude, or distract those around you.
    A place where you can truly bond with your child if that is really your intention. And as for another child, I don’t understand how difficult it would be to bring both children to the lounge so that you don’t have to worry about the 2-year-old running off down the aisle while you are nursing. It is something you prepare for ahead of time. Or, I’m sure a fellow ward member would be happy to sit with them while you meet the needs of your baby.

    Regardless of where you feed your baby his/her needs are being met and I don’t see how you feeding them during sacrament would make this any more pleasant for you or them. I think the church is completely accommodating and should be applauded for going to the lengths they do for mothers.
    -Mother of three small children

  7. Wow. I hope your leadership listens and responds appropriately.

    I’ve nursed in Church. I was discrete, but didn’t use a nursing cover. It crossed my mind that someone might not approve, but it didn’t stop me, and I don’t think anyone has even noticed.

    I figure, if it was good enough for Mary and Christ Child, it’s good enough for me and infant. No?

  8. This is an issue that only in the last 16 months (since Lyla was born) did I really think about much. Eli wouldn’t nurse, but I was lucky to have a large milk supply so I pumped a few times a day and had enough to feed him the breast milk through a bottle. Since I always pumped at home, I never experienced this. Also, since I didn’t nurse him, I did not at ALL “get it” when people would talk about how importing breastfeeding was to them. I was totally in there with the, “Is it that big of a deal to just pump/cover up/plan around feedings/etc.” Totally ignorant.

    Lyla nursed beautifully, and it was such a wonderful experience for me. I can now say I “get it”. It took us a few months to get our groove, but even at a year I was not ready to stop. If it weren’t for a trip that I was taking (without her) I wouldn’t have weaned her. I am completely on board with everywhere any mother goes being an open and supportive place to breastfeed, however works for that mother (with a cover, without a cover, in a separate room, whatever she needs). There were times I didn’t have a cover with me and therefore had to nurse without one. As Lyla got older she refused to stay under the cover so it was pretty worthless.

    But, I have to say, I also tried to cover up as much as possible in each situation. Although I don’t think anyone should ever judge or condemn a mother for nursing in any fashion, I also don’t think women should feel like they need to “prove a point” or stick to people and breastfeed as exposed as possible just to say, “HEY! YOU CAN’T STOP ME!” 🙂

    My personal opinion is mothers should try to make people feel comfortable as long as the mother and baby’s comfort is put FIRST (i.e. if a baby/mother is hot under a cover and that hinders the nursing experience, then don’t do it. If the cover does not bother the mother or baby, then out of courtesy for those it may make uncomfortable–even if it shouldn’t!!–then just throw a cover on.

    That’s my two cents. I’m so glad that things are working better for you this time around, and I hope it continues to do so! Like I said, I totally “get it” now :).

    tf Reply:

    This is what I agree with 100%

    shannon Reply:

    Great comment!

  9. I think you need to move to the east or down south, i know people who nurse all over church, sacrament meeting included. It sounds like maybe your the one insecure about the whole thing. If you really feel passionate about it, whydo you care so much how others are viewing you, or what your doing? Just do what you have to do and move on,its only a big deal if you make a big scene about it. Feed your baby for goodness sake however you want.

    Jenn Reply:

    You obviously didn’t read the original post this was inspired by:
    “A dear friend of mine is being released from her YW calling tomorrow for breastfeeding at church. Furthermore, she has been told that if anyone complains in any other meeting, be that sacrament, Sunday School, or Relief Society, she is to leave the room or cover to nurse from that point on. She was also told that if she does not comply, she is not sustaining her leaders and her recommend could be at risk.”

    tf Reply:

    Oh I read it…I doubt it’s the whole story…There is WAY more to it then the post is giving I’m positive about that!

    tf Reply:

    Kelly im glad im not the only one having a hard time believing this story.

    HRC Reply:

    Ugh, really? This is like when people go ‘there must be more to the story’ about women who are sexually assaulted. I am not big on the whole ‘let’s get my boobs as out there as possible to make a point’ bandwagon but this is hardly what this issue is about. This is about a woman being told not to breastfeed and to cover up, even if her baby doesn’t feed whilst being smothered by a blanket.

    It’s been made pretty clear in all the blog posts about this issue that this woman was doing her best to be modest within reason and that she has made multiple attempts to rectify the issue with LDS leaders to no avail. If they are threatening to take away her right to attend Church (which, as I understand it, is what revoking a recommend will do?) then there is obviously an issue higher up in the Church. If the LDS Church doesn’t have an issue with breastfeeding in public then they should make that clear to all their community leaders so that things like this don’t have to happen to any woman.

    I don’t think Jenna is jumping on any bandwagon for the sake of it. I think she is trying to have a voice and grow within the constraints that her religious culture can place on women. It’s actually the thing many people suggested she should be doing years ago…and now she does it and still faces vilification. I am not some white knighter but seriously, give the woman a break!

    Jenna Reply:

    Your first comment was my thought as well. “More to the story” is often a statement used in victim-blaming.

    And I admit I’m really feeling your last paragraph. Once upon a time I was too conservative/judgmental. Now I’m too feminist/progressive!

    Kate Reply:

    Couldn’t agree more with HRC’s comment. Jenna, you being true to yourself, especially as you evolve and grow over time, is part of the beauty of being a woman, and something that your daughter will see and learn as she grows. Way to go, and stay strong in the face of criticism. People who see the status quo being challenged start to feel threatened. Good for you for loving your church, your roots, but still wanting and asking for a kinder, more accepting, loving environment for all women and all people.

  10. In my personal opinion, I feel like the LDS Church takes so much criticism for things that have absolutely nothing to do with it as an institution. The people are NOT the church. Just like if you were to get a funny look from someone while you breastfed in Target, doesn’t mean the mayor of the city is responsible to make sure that never happens again (or the manager of Target for that matter). People have agency, but because the Church has such high standards for itself, when something isn’t perfect with its members, everyone shakes their fist at its leaders. Makes absolutely no sense to me. I have breastfed all over LDS Churches (it’s true, I have) and have always felt welcomed and never criticized. This is a non-issue in my opinion and should not be publicized from the top down. Have confidence in yourself and your role as a mother, and move forward.

    tf Reply:


    Jessica Carney Reply:

    Fantastic!!! 100% agree. I have never had a problem breastfeeding at church or anywhere for that matter.

    Jessica Reply:

    The way that the Mormon church is structured, the people ARE the church, especially your local priesthood leadership. You can correct me if any of this has changed since I stopped going, but it used to be that your bishop determined your worthiness and what’s good/bad, and if you didn’t like it, all you could do is appeal to the stake president and even that was frowned upon because you’re not supporting your leaders.

    So if the Mormon church presidency sets things up that way – essentially allowing bishops to run their own kingdoms – it has to accept responsibility for those bishops’ actions. Some bishops forbidding breastfeeding is just the newest manifestation of a broken system; you should read up on how bishops used to treat blacks in the church pre-Kimball. Now, since the presidency never officially condoned those behaviors, the church as an institution is of course forgiven.

    Convenient? Yes. Right? No.

    sara Reply:

    Totally agree with this! Also, it seems to me Jenna has never had criticism either, she just wants praise and “cheering on”.

  11. Try cupping your breast like a C. It will help the latch so that T2 doesn’t have to support the weight of your breast. If you hold it up to her mouth and keep holding it through the nursing session, she might do better. I made the same mistake, that’s why I recognize it.

    Allison k Reply:

    Yes! I have to support my breast the whole time. I don’t use a “c” hold because my LC told me it changes the position of the nipple. I just support and let my thumb gently rest on top or on my babies cheek.

  12. I am so proud of you, first of all for sharing your struggles of breastfeeding T1, I have no children- but pleasantly of the women around me struggled in this area, but were to ashamed to voice the fact that they needed some guidance. Second of all, I am proud that you are taking a stand for what you believe in. Yes, some people believe it is inappropriate- sure. But it isn’t like you are freely exposing yourself because you feel the need. You are feeding your sweet and innocent child of God. I feel that breastfeeding = bottle feeding. Are mothers allowed to bottle feed their babes?

    Again, I am proud of you for standing up for yourself and all the women that do not have the strength to do so.


  13. Ya- why are you kind of superficially pinching your breast that way?
    One picture doesn’t give a good impression of how you secure your latch but for me when i was breast feeding- i had to like cup my entire breast and shove it somewhat aggresively into my tou g newborns mouth (much more than you would think!)

    But you are seeing an LC still? Sooooo i will assume you feel confidant in your technique. I still reccommend going to la leche league mtgs/sessions. They are only once a month.

    I nursed at my church. I made sure to wear fashionable wraps or a blanket. But there is a point babies become insanely aware of their surroundings and DONT WANT TO BE BEHIND A COVER. And to that i was just like “screw it” & figured out how to remain concealed and nurse. I usually sat with a group of other mamas who *understood* a babies nursing needs. Honestly, the best change in the world or our micro communities is to be the change you want to see/role model..

    If my church ever said they would take away my right/privilege to attend due to nursing, you bet the higher ups would hear bout it. Thankfully my catholic church is entirely pro mama/baby. The mother ministry is very supportive & strong.

    I hope breastfeeding goes well for you in every aspect you hope that it would. Women CAN nurse in public uncovered and remain modest at the same time without a cover. I did it… The places i did it would impress you. My friends and i made a list just for personal amusement sake:
    On a plane.
    At disney on the pirates of the carribean (my kiddo threw herself for self comfort in the dark passages- otherwise she loves that rides drops! 😉
    At parks, on the grass & benches.
    My car obviously.
    The mall.
    Dressing rooms.
    At botanical gardens.
    Hotels (when we went oot obviously).
    At the beach.
    Friends houses on their couches.

    The only times i isolated myself to nurse was during the phase when babies are distracted by everything and want to SEE the action WHILE they nurse and that just didnt work for me (cuz then i would have let down and drip EVERYWHERE- i disliked when my kiddo latched/unlatched repeatedly just to check out “what that noise was” or “who just walked into/out of the room” hahaha)

    I never mastered nursing while carrying my kiddo in the ergo.

  14. A boob filled with milk is really heavy, I didn’t support mine e ought in the first few weeks and my child didn’t sufficiently nurse and then didn’t stimulate a supply. It was horrible. Their little mouths can’t hold it and nurse at the same time, even while laying down. It could really help out.

  15. I’m not so sure breastfeeding equals wonderful mother…

    I feel like there must be more to this story?

    I breastfed and there was never any drama. There are ways of being discreet without covering the child’s face.

    This is like the one cover of Time magazine that had the mom breastfeeding a preschooler. Okay, cool, you breastfeed your preschooler. You don’t need to plaster it everywhere to get your point across. For me that didn’t make me more tolerant it just made me roll my eyes.

    Emilia Reply:

    I agree, breastfeeding certainly doesn’t equal wonderful mother. If only it were so simple.

  16. Also, I forgot to say in my previous comment, I think your letter was great Jenna. The tone was perfect. I have read a few other letters earlier in the week that were written harshly and I just think that those people seem to be more in the category of wanting to “stick it to the man”. Whether they are or not, that’s how it comes across.

  17. oh please! Getting released from her YW calling because of breast feeding?? I am super pro breast feeding in public and at church And even I can’t get behind that story. Breast feed discretely -that doesn’t mean covered- wherever you want at church as long as your baby is quiet and it is not a distraction. I think that is the consideration with anything we do at church. My first two children were total opposite nursers- the first being extremely loud! I usually went in the foyer or mothers lounge. The second was quiet and I nursed her wherever I wanted. I’ll do the same with my third unless she is super loud.

    The church is not full of old men trying to demean or take away rights from women- pick a different axe to grind! Most people probably wouldn’t even notice what you were doing or care.

    That being said, your letter was well written and kind, just unnecessary. Kind of like the pants thing. No where does it say that you cannot nurse publicly.

  18. I didn’t think that I could love you more, Miss Jenna, but I do. Way to be Mama. I know that I’m just an Internet stranger, but I am very proud of you. Incredible picture, too.

  19. I didn’t breast feed my first two kids for several reasons. But we’re due with our third in September and I am going to. I cannot imagine trying to use a cover with a three year old, a two year old, and a newborn. Although I will buy one, I dont’ have any faith that it will work for me.
    I imagine two and three year old wanting to hide under it or think it’s funny rip it off of me in the middle of nursing.

    With all of that being said, I believe that modesty is in the eye of the beholder.

    I was at a friends house and she took out her breast to feed her new born son in front of myself, my husband, and at that time only one of my kids. I was secretly mortified and couldn’t look at her…but I realize now that the issue is with ME, not her or what she was doing.

    She had no nipple showing and very little breast, but I swear some place in my mind it was like a stripper pole grew from the floor and her kid was hanging from the nipple with the other breast exposed.

    I had to think about why I was so uncomfortable about what I was seeing and why I was so put off. Almost two years later and my views have totally changed.

    I don’t think it’s the entire LDS church that is opposed to breast feeding (just like I didn’t think it was the entire LDS church that was opposed to women wearing pants) or how a mother does it (cover, no cover, what location)- seems to me that it should be handled on a grass roots level.

    Meaning that woman and those who support her there should be rallying around and meeting with those higher up to promote a more friendly environment.

    I don’t see how this letter is going to help. What seems like a better use of time would be to write a letter that could be passed to this woman giving her support. Your letter doesn’t even mention this woman, how she has impacted you, or how you relate to her. This letter seems like a plea for the entire LDS church system to change when that might not be a need.

  20. I’m not Mormon, so I can’t speak to anything regarding your church’s policies on breast feeding. I am Catholic, though, and have seen mothers breast feed in our church’s family room without any issues. I CAN speak to the fact that church is there to provide people with spiritual guidance and a sense of shared community. I do not expect them, in any way, shape, or form, to promote my breastfeeding my child, because it is simply not their purview! I have a hard time believing that the story you attached is the full story, as others have mentioned.

    Final note: I read another blog written by a young mother whose child was diagnosed with Fanconi’s anemia, a serious, potentially fatal disease. This child had 3 month NICU hospitalization, with multiple complex surgeries before the age of 1. He was never breastfed, so why is this mother so completely in love and bonded with her child? Because breastfeeding vs bottle feeding does not determine bonding. Our own actions and thoughts determine our level of bonding with our child. I guess what I’m trying to say (politely) is, buck up. Do what’s right for your kid, and the bonding will follow.

  21. I am so glad you have a support system. That was so important for me too. Just a thought about the mother’s lounge. In my ward, there are a few women who have many children whose husbands are working on Sunday and they bring their toddlers and older kids into the mother’s lounge when they have to nurse their baby. It has never been a problem where I live. That was only my experience though, I can’t speak for anyone else. We also have the meetings played over the intercom, so it might be less stressful for you in the lounge rather than feeling the pressure to keep kids quiet in sacrament meeting. I also felt once I had a baby, that was when I got to know other women…and it was all because we chatted in the mother’s lounge. So I hope you don’t worry about bringing your son there with your baby and I hope you don’t feel excluded from meetings either. It might be a win win!

    I didn’t get a chance to read the comments above mine and only briefly the article, but I breastfed my baby in stake conference with Elder Oaks present. No one said a thing and I don’t think anyone noticed either. My baby also goes “mmm, mmm, mmm” really loudly while he nurses. Granted, I had a cover, but I felt like the cover drew more attention to me due to the bright colors and polka dots. It makes me sad that some people have such terrible experiences. Like you, I had not known about or seen many women breastfeed while I was young. Breastfeeding was very foreign to me before I had my baby but now is just a matter of fact. I’ll do it anywhere.

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