LIFESTYLE

Changing The History: Will Meghan Markle Be Allowed To Breastfeed Her Baby?

Date October 18, 2018

Now when the happy news about Meghan Markle’s pregnancy has spread all over the world, many people are wondering how the modern royal will fit in into the old pregnancy traditions that she likes to break from time to time.

READ ALSO: 5 Most Bizarre Royal Rules Meghan Markle Will Have To Follow During Her Pregnancy

Being pregnant, she has to follow a lot of rules that all of the royal mammas have followed before her. The monarchy has established strict and clear guidelines that cover almost every aspect of pregnancy, including where the birth takes place, who should be told first about the baby’s arrival, and even how the child should be named.

Changing The History: Will Meghan Markle Be Allowed To Breastfeed Her Baby?Changing The History: Will Meghan Markle Be Allowed To Breastfeed Her Baby?Changing The History: Will Meghan Markle Be Allowed To Breastfeed Her Baby?gettyimages

Some rules have never been changed in centuries, others are allowed to be forgotten. However, will Meghan be allowed to breastfeed her baby or will she follow a tradition written down in history books?

To breastfeed or not to breastfeed?

According to the Guardian, in the past centuries, the majority of royal babies were given to a wet nurse after their arrival. But times have changed. Nonetheless, royal breastfeeding mothers can be considered a relatively new wave in the history of the monarchy.

Changing The History: Will Meghan Markle Be Allowed To Breastfeed Her Baby?Changing The History: Will Meghan Markle Be Allowed To Breastfeed Her Baby?gettyimages

READ ALSO: Keira Knightley Expressed Her Sharp Criticism Towards Kate Middleton

Queen Elizabeth II was breastfed after her birth in 1926 and she decided to continue this practice with her own children. However, her sister, Princess Margaret, chose a different approach, reputedly thinking that breastfeeding is distasteful.

Changing The History: Will Meghan Markle Be Allowed To Breastfeed Her Baby?Changing The History: Will Meghan Markle Be Allowed To Breastfeed Her Baby?gettyimages

In the times when infant and child mortality was high and royal women were expected to deliver one child after another to secure the dynasty, breastfeeding was not an option. Often, the royal household hired lactating women to feed the new arrival whenever it needs to be.

Changing The History: Will Meghan Markle Be Allowed To Breastfeed Her Baby?Changing The History: Will Meghan Markle Be Allowed To Breastfeed Her Baby?queen mother and queen elizabethgettyimages

But the modern monarchy dictates its own rules. Princess Diana breastfed her sons and Kate Middleton is believed to have followed her footsteps. Will Meghan do the same? Only the time will show.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Princesa Diana (@dianaspxncer) on

Some people, like the Telegraph’s writer Beverly Turner, think royal mothers should breastfeed their kids in public. But it’s highly unlikely this will happen. Meghan will have to make her own choice but even with her modern approach, it’s hard to believe she will decide to feed her baby in front of the dozens of photographers.

READ ALSO: How Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Baby Will Change The Line Of Succession To The British Throne