How is my driving?
I love those stickers on the back of trucks that pose the question “How is my driving?” and gives you a number to call to voice your opinion. I wonder if anyone actually does call or if it’s just a nominal thing meant to give you, the person behind the truck, the feeling that the driver cares what you think.
Some people seem to assume that, when you are a mother, you are wearing a “How is my driving?” sticker. They may not be able to see it. Perhaps it’s under your clothes somewhere or tattooed on your ankle, but they assume it exists. In contrast to truck drivers, people are more than happy to voice their opinion with mothers.
Last week, I was at an event giving a photography talk. A woman came up to me afterwards to thank me for the talk and congratulate me on the birth of Baby. She then said, “Are you breastfeeding all the time?”
I replied that, yes, I was breastfeeding a lot, but we were also topping up with formula because of my low milk supply.
She then said to me, “I’m one of those people who believes that every mother has enough milk for her child.”
Excuse me?! Who are you?
What I wish I had said was, “Well, I’d like to believe in Santa Claus, but that doesn’t make him real.” And perhaps I would have added a couple of expletives.
What I did say was, “Well, I haven’t found that to be the case,” and I turned to chat to the next person in the queue.
What. A. Cow. Well, literally, as I assume she is one of those who was blessed with plenty of milk for her babies.
For anyone who is doubting my dedication to giving Baby breastmilk, I spend most of my day either breastfeeding her, thinking about breastfeeding her or expressing milk. Sometimes, in between, I’m able to shower, get dressed, eat, write a blog post, and do a bit of work.
And actually, I’ve come to terms with topping her up with formula. The benefit is that I know that she’s full, which means she usually has nice naps in between her 3-hourly feeds. Naps equal happy baby which equals a happy mommy.
I suppose the moral of the story is, my driving is great, thank you.