I want to start off by saying I really don't care if you formula feed or breast feed. It's personal decision and it isn't always up to you anyway. As long as your feeding your baby your doing a good job.
That said, nobody looks down on moms giving their baby a bottle in public. Moms who bottle feed don't think twice about being out and about during a feeding time because they can just bring a bottle. Moms who nurse aren't so lucky.
Our society had made breasfeeding into a big deal. It's not. It's just feeding a baby, but I'm as guilty as everyone else of over thinking it. I can't deny that I plan outings around nursing schedules. If we're going somewhere that I can't find a private place to nurse I'll try to go later or earlier. Or not go at all. It's frustrating, but I figured it was just a part of motherhood. Until I realized that my formula-feeding friends don't have that particular struggle. Women in other countries who breastfeed don't struggle either. Very few people in those countries would look twice at a breastfeeding mother, covered or not. Why are we so sensitive to it? Why am I so sensitive about nursing in public, even with a cover? When did I get brainwashed into not only thinking that my breastfeeding will make those around me uncomfortable but that their being uncomfortable is MY problem. It's not. Why can't I let it go and just feed my baby? It's not like I'm gonna be sitting there topless and the baby covers up most of me. I try to use a cover if a can anyway. WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL?!
I really want to help normalize breastfeeding in the western world but I don't know where to start. Making a big deal out of not making a big deal of breastfeeding is a little counter intuitive.
Did you ever feel uncomfortable giving Noah formula in public? Like people were judging you? I feel that way sometimes when I have to nurse in public and I can't find a private area.
In 10, 15, 20 years, it won't matter. Just do you! :)