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Moms make milk…what’s your superpower? April 30, 2011

Filed under: Raising Little People — My Natural Family @ 11:35 am

I just don’t get it.  How on earth do people get offended by the act of breastfeeding in public?  I was at a coffee shop the other day and, while waiting in line for a latte I knew I didn’t really need, saw a woman lift her baby out of his stroller and swiftly onto her breast.  She didn’t have a cover, but honestly, it seemed like the nipple never even made an appearance!   This lady was a boob-ninja.  While I was ogling her adorable baby, I saw an older woman approach the young mom, and hiss in her face audibly enough so that everyone in the vicinity could be sure to hear: “You need to do that at HOME!”  Are you KIDDING me?!  My back immediately straightened and I stopped breathing (I guess when it comes to “fight or flight”, I choose “freeze”), certain I was about to bear witness to a hormone-induced, coffee-singling brawl.  But this mother was not only a ninja, she was a saint.  She just smiled at the opinionated woman and shrugged her shoulders, as if to say, “I’m doing my thing and if it bothers you…tough.”

As I left Starbucks, I was still wondering what one could find so offensive about breastfeeding?  It’s a beautiful part of a woman’s body that, when given the opportunity, can create the only food a baby needs to survive!  Sadly, this woman isn’t alone in her thinking.  Recently, a photo of model Miranda Kerr breastfeeding her baby behind the scenes of a photo shoot (click here to see the article) led people to write comments such as this:

People should NOT breastfeed in public. Like it or not, breasts are sexualized. That’s the way it is and you’re not going to change it. You may think it’s “empowering” to flop your breasts out in public, but so do porn stars. We, as humans, wear clothes for a reason; our bodies are sexualized. If you don’t like it and don’t agree, go flop your milk bags around in a nudist colony, cause I most certainly don’t want to see it.

– Lyrra, US, 29/4/2011 9:28

This woman is far more vulgar than the act she’s talking about.  To me there is a HUGE difference between baring your breasts while performing a sexual act in public (no thank you) and baring your breasts to feed and bond with your child in public (yes please).  Add to that the proven emotional, developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding, both for baby and mom, and it’s easy to see that breastfeeding is not a sexualized act.  It’s as natural as breathing and about as vulgar as a naked baby tush.

What’s your take on public breastfeeding?  Are you okay with it as long as women wear a nursing cover, or do you think it’s unfortunate that a woman should even feel like she has to cover up?  Or are you one who feels like it shouldn’t be done in public?


3 Responses to “Moms make milk…what’s your superpower?”

  1. Miriam Says:

    The issue is more than the sexualization of our breasts…it’s that breastfeeding in this country isn’t normal. So when it’s seen out in the open people are shocked. The more women breastfeed in public, the more normal it will be and hopefully people will stop being to ignorant and freaking out about it! This country definitely is mixed up about how revealing a woman can be with their breasts…it’s ok to wear a super low cut top (that shows more than I would while I’m feeding my baby!) but it’s not ok for me to breastfeed in public? Ridiculous! I for one, would like to be seen for more than my worth as a woman who has breasts and that those breasts can serve more than one function. I would like to be acknowledged for the sacrifice and commitment I have made to being the best mother I can be, which includes my choice to breastfeed, anytime, anywhere.

  2. Crystal Says:

    This makes me really mad. I didn’t breast feed my first and I am now with my second and I’m afraid of feeding her in public, even at places where I know they wouldn’t care. That being said, I have done it before and nobody has said anything to me. Anyways, in response to that comment about breasts being sexualized: what about other countries where almost all mothers breastfeed?? Lots of countries don’t care, it’s Americans who care. Guys can run around with out shirts on all the time and a woman can’t even feed her baby in public because of people who don’t believe in breastfeeding. Also, how many stories do you hear about guys saying something to a lady about it? You know, it’s other women who don’t like breastfeeding that say something. All the guys I work with don’t get creeped out or anything, just the girls! Weird, huh??

  3. Cassondra Says:

    good for that mama!! next time i whip out my boob and someone reacts to it, i’ll steal the “tough titty” remark =] totally!! i dont use a nursing cover. i’m hardly using a blanket anymore. my son tends to rip the blanket away instead of nurse so why bother.
    oh, tough titty!!!

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