Thursday, February 16, 2017

Why You Shouldn't 'Support' Breastfeeding

Here's why: breastfeeding isn't an issue to either "support" or "not support." It's a way of feeding a little human being, not a political stance. There's nothing political about nursing a child. I hear people say things like, "I don't mind if you do it, I just want you to cover up and I don't want you to do it in front of me." I actually feel the same way about the top you're wearing, with your chest exposed for  my young ones to see. Or about the Victoria's Secret ads in the mall. If it bothers you, then don't watch. You can look away just like I can look away from advertisements. I'm sick of everywhere I look, seeing a woman's body be hyper-sexualized and when it's used as it was intended the general public gets all upset.

So no- I don't want you to support my decision to breastfeed. I don't need support. I need it to be normal and not a controversy. I'm not nursing in public to make you angry or to be dramatic or get attention. I'm nursing in public because my baby's hungry and I'm sick of hiding in the bathroom to feed my son his breakfast, lunch and dinner. I'm sick of standing up in disgusting smelly department store restrooms with a two year old hanging on one leg and my newborn baby in my arms, trying to nurse.

As far as covering up, I do, in public. You might try to use a religious argument about women not needing to unnecessarily expose themselves and "tempt" (???) men, so to prevent that conversation I do cover my baby. But I will say this: she shouldn't have to eat underneath of a hot blanket, especially in the summer. Try drinking milk in 90 degree heat while covered up. And any skin you could see while I nurse is nothing compared to what you see in a woman walking down the street wearing a low cut top. Just look at these vintage photos (below) of breastfeeding mothers in recent history. And notice how surprisingly *not* scandalous they are. I hope that by the time my daughters have children this won't be an issue- but until then...

She's having a conversation with a man who may or may not be her husband while nursing. Seems to me that he's looking at her face.

Precious moments with baby, 
and how special it would be to have a shot like this of my kids and I.

Everyone's smiling- breastfeeding isn't as horrifically painful as they say!

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