Asking a mom if she’s still breastfeeding isn’t inherently rude or nosy. In fact, sometimes it can lead to a new friendship. Reaching out to another mom about something you may have in common can be an excellent ice breaker.
Asking a mom if she’s still breastfeeding is kind of a jerk move. The slightly disapproving tone of the question, a raised eyebrow, a barely-contained sneer… just one of these added elements can contribute to some pretty ill feelings on your part.
Instead of mumbling something and darting away at the first opportunity, add a few of these sarcastic comebacks to your repertoire so you’re prepared when someone asks such a stupid, judgmental question about your parenting.
“Why, are you wanting a turn, too?”
Because I totally have enough to share. Really.
“What is this ‘breastfeed’ you speak of?”
Would you mind making sense once in a while? K, thanks.
“No” (latches child on)
I really have no idea what you’re talking about. Wait… how did this baby get here?
“No, she just drinks from the dog’s water bowl now”
It’s easier to feed her this way.
“Yes, and I’m also starting a breast milk ice cream business. Want a sample?”
You can even go into business with me!
“Yes, but I’m planning to wean him before he starts college. Probably”
Actually, there are plenty of colleges nearby where I can just pop in for a feed.
“Does your mom still breastfeed you?”
Because that’s totally my business, amirite?