This has very little to do with me. *I* have never thought breastfeeding was disgusting. But, I have heard that statement about three times in the last week and I have to admit it REALLY ticks me off!
The fact is, that there is milk in a new mother's breasts whether she decides to use it or not. To say it is disgusting really irritates me!!
Many bodily functions can be described as "disgusting" but YA STILL DO EM! If you don't, you die. Good example: urination.
I have heard people say that their breasts are for sexual pleasure, and breastfeeding ruins that for them. What? The whole sexual thing, I just DO NOT GET. I mean, men urinate using the EXACT same part of their body they have sex with.
Many people have trouble explaining breastfeeding to their kids, and it isn't any wonder since people would rather buy their food from a store in a plastic package than see where it really comes from.
This is how I explain it all to my kids: God gave each of our body parts functions. Some functions are things you cannot see on the outside, like your heart beating, and blood pumping through veins. Some things you can see after a while, like a baby growing in a Mommy's uterus. And after the baby comes out (through the Mommy's vagina. GASP! HOW DISGUSTING! How can the vagina still be SEXUAL after THAT?!?! haha ok, I don't tell the kids that part necessarily! ) the baby will need food. All mammal babies get milk from their mommy. Human milk comes from the Mommy's breast.
Actually, I don't have to sit down and formally explain all this to my kids, never have. Because they have always been around animals. And we all kinda take for granted the knowledge we get just from observation of other animals.
The lack of support for breastfeeding comes from our culture, plain and simple.
Many, many women do not breastfeed because they have zero support from the people around them. It is very sad, since many MANY health problems babies face could be alleviated by them being fed human milk instead of food made from cow's milk.
And the only reason people don't think the COW'S milk is "disgusting" is because they are not there when it is being pumped from the dirty gross stinky COW!
They like formula because it comes in a nice plastic package just like all their other food.
SAD SAD SAD!!!