Breastfeeding in Public
I was on Reddit this morning when I came across a post about breastfeeding in public and I prompted me to make a post. BTW, this is not a rant but just my two cents in regards to the controversies surrounding breastfeeding in public. Now I don’t have children nor have I experienced a little nugget nudging at my bare breasts for sustenance, so I’m going to tread very lightly.
First I’d just like to say that I think that breastfeeding is a beautiful thing and you should do it as often as you can for as long as you can. However, there are some that think that breastfeeding should be left inside the home and not done in public spaces. Like restaurants, trains, graduations, churches, etc. Of course breastfeeding in public has always been a hot button issue for many, the UK government enacted the Equality Act of 2010, where in it includes that it prohibits any establishment for discriminating against a women who is breastfeeding in their establishment. Now this hasnt reached the shores of the US, yet but I guess that’s a start.
And more recently it has been the topic of many conversations when this photo of Karlesha Thurman was spread all over the internet. An outpouring of support and controversy followed the photo and had caused quite a stir. She even had to speak out against it, speaking on her right to breastfeed, citing she had no idea it would cause such a stir. Her daughter was hungry and she went to feed her. She wasn’t going to wait another hour for her daughter to be fed. I hear you completely.
Check out her comments here.
Now I don’t see the harm in her doing this but I guess the real question for some is why couldn’t she cover up? Of course, one would have an issue with this because as a society were are told to be discreet and not draw attention to ourselves. But, I do believe there should be some discretion in certain instances. Me personally, I would have just covered my areola, but again that is just me. I just tend not to draw attention to myself.
I mean I see women all the time breastfeeding in public, on their way home, on their way to the store, in the park, wherever. But there have also been times when I’ve gone to eat out and as I go to bite down on the chicken sandwich, I look across and there is a suckling child next to me. I mean we all hungry so why not, but I think still there some discretion. Yes I know people will probably hate me for saying this but I just think some consideration should be held for the others who may not want to just see a boob right at that second. Just sayin.
And I am sure I will kick myself later for saying this once I actually have kids and feel the need to nourish my newborn, but right now I am just on the fence. I do however, feel it is wrong for people to belittle or try and persecute women for wanting to do it in public. It is their right, and no one should have anything to say, that when a child is hungry you should feed it.
But at the end of the day, is it really a huge deal? Throughout history, women have walked around with dangling tits at babies at the other end. We have worked hard for these rights to not be shameful to be mothers, and to be proud of the one main duty we are here for; procreation. Maybe I’m making a big deal out of this.
I also came across another article on Vice, about a woman who has had her fair share of weird looks and whispers but she is trying to let everyone that she is not to be stopped from feeding her child and if she is, she will bite you. Take a look at the article, it is quite insightful and eye opening. Find the link below for that story.
I mean at the end of the day, what a woman chooses to do with her body is her business, and if we as the observer doesn’t like something we also have the right to look away. What do you guys think?? Weigh in and let us know your thought in the comments below. Or reach out to us on Facebook with your thoughts.
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