A new mom hanged a 'No Breastfeeding Zone' sign in her hospital bed after giving birth. Everyone was wondering why!
Breastfeeding in public has been a controversial subject, and many moms had to face humiliation. For instance, one mom was kicked out of church for breastfeeding.
For some women, breasting isn't an option, and being reminded of the fact can be heartbreaking.
But one mom, Meghan Koziel, decided to address the issue head-on by hanging a sign on her hospital bed so that hospital staff wouldn't need to ask her why she wasn't breastfeeding.
Meghan got married three years ago to her husband, John. And recently, the couple welcomed their first baby.
Despite the joy of becoming a mother, Meghan has a sad story behind her happiness. A few years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had to undergo a double mastectomy.
She also underwent 30 rounds of radiation therapy, and in July 2017, she was considered NED (No Evidence of the Disease).
After her treatment, Meghan wanted to have her life back, so she opted to have an external breast reconstruction surgery.
Meghan wrote in her blog:
"I simply wanted to get back to living my life, being me, looking cute and feeling sexy as I always have."
But when she gave birth, she knew people would be asking her why she wasn't breastfeeding. She couldn't breastfeed because of the double mastectomy treatment she underwent to treat cancer.
So, she designed a 'No Breastfeeding Zone' sign and hanged in her hospital room to prevent people from asking why she wasn't breastfeeding her child.
She also shared a photo of the sign on Instagram. The post went viral, gaining over 9,000 likes and hundreds of comments.
The caption of the photo read:
"Attention please, attention, please. We do indeed have a mommy-to-be who had breast cancer and a mastectomy which means, without boobs in the houseeeee!"
"Got the banner raised just in case people are confused at why we are NOT going to be breastfeeding our little bundle of joy. Yes, I have foobs, no I do not have boobs (or nipples) therefore... my body is incapable of breastfeeding."
Her post attracted positive comments from many social media users.
One person commented:
"The main thing is that your baby is fed, full, loved & cared for. I know plenty of ladies who exclusively breastfed as they strongly believed it was the only way. Later they fed their kids chicken nuggets, processed sausages & food full of preservatives and artificial coloring... each to their own."
"This makes me tear up, my story is SO similar to yours, I really could've used this sign. I assumed the hospital staff would communicate with each other, but they asked me over and over again, and it was pretty heartbreaking at that time for me. Thanks for sharing you'd story so openly, it helps."