I am compelled to write something about (gasp!) breastfeeding. Mainly, so I can be polarizing and make my male readers feel awkward and uncomfortable.
I jest. Really, I write this because I have very strong opinions on the subject being that I did it for six years or so of my life. Yes, I only have three children. (Insert math here.) Yes, I breastfed two of them beyond a year. Yes, I am one of THOSE women. Yes, I am THAT woman who unabashedly fed my babies in public. *My apologies to the young gentleman waiter in that one restaurant who may have accidentally spied a nipple…
I read an article today about a mother in the UK who was asked to take herself to the back of the bus… er nursing room in the hospital after she started breastfeeding in the waiting room. The staff was afraid she would offend somebody. I find that request offensive and was even more appalled by some of the comments made by readers of the article:
Marge9 hours ago
I totally agree. Why do these women want to put their breasts on display? I think what the nurse did was very kind and caring. When will this crap stop.
The furor that surrounds this topic is laughable. As if we public breast-feeders are a brazen bunch of attention grabbing jezebels, hell-bent on creating a commotion and corrupting the masses with our bountiful bosoms. That’s exactly what I had in mind when I was dealing with a red-faced screaming baby in a restaurant…. I need MORE attention brought to me.
My friend laughs at me because when I hear a baby crying and fussing in public, the first words out of my mouth are, “Pop a boob in that baby’s mouth.” It’s pretty much the cure-all for a fussy baby. Nature is an amazing thing isn’t it? We have these built in baby soothers. No need for toting all the bottles…formula…pacifiers…and such around if you don’t have to.
I advocate for breastfeeding because it is natural. Since when did artificially sustaining our babies become the norm? The fact that breastfeeding and breastfeeding in public is a topic of debate in this day and age is dumbfounding. Being offended by seeing some woman breastfeed her child in public is most definitely a #Firstworldproblem of the worst kind. It’s sad that we as a society had to take something that was pretty much perfect….deem it “savage” and now are trying like hell to make it “acceptable” again.
To all those young women out there who are thinking of becoming mothers or have a bun in the oven….just do it. It’s good for you, good for the baby…. good for the couple two tables over trying to enjoy their dinner out.