Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Virtual Nurse-In

In the world we live in today, we see all sorts of daring behavior that once upon a time would have been frowned upon. When my grandmother was young, a boyfriend and girlfriend would have never exchanged a public you can see two boys or two girls sharing one with complete acceptance. I have seen couples, gay or straight, practically making love in public. When my grandmother was young, modesty was a it gets you labeled a prude. Why then, in a society like this, is the natural, simple and primal act of breastfeeding looked down upon? Breasts are considered to be sexual, yes, but first and foremost they are vital organs. Not vital to the person bearing them, but to the child she bears. Is our society saying that it is only okay to expose yourself in acts of lewd conduct? That if you have your breast exposed you better have a hand groping it? I would much rather see the loving act of breastfeeding over the offensive act of public displays of affection or rather, public displays of lust.

For those of you shaking your head, disagreeing that they are even remotely comparable, think about this:

How much breast do you see in THESE pictures?

Would you really rather shield your child's eyes away than explain the act to him? And what if he asks about those teenagers over there making out? Why that boy just squeezed that girls bottom? Why two boys are holding hands?

The thing is, there are going to be events in this world your child sees that will require an explanation...but here's the good news!! The act of a woman breastfeeding is easily explained with a simple sentence:

"Some mommies use bottles, and some mommies, like that one, feed their baby milk from their breast."

Many people who say they support a baby's right to nurse in public often say it's okay as long as we cover up. Many people don't realize that babies don't like to be covered! It gets very hot under there, causing the baby to become frustrated and upset. Eating dinner in a sauna re-breathing your own expelled carbon dioxide doesn't sound too appealing, does it?

Stop trying to hide the truth and turn it into something shameful and degrading. Whether you feed your baby through a flesh nipple or a rubber nipple, ALL BABIES deserve their food fresh and fast, anytime, anywhere.

Support Nursing In Public.

Breastfeeding mothers are not going to disappear...we were doing it then:

And we're doing it now:

For more details on your state laws see
A Current Summary of Breastfeeding Legislation in the U.S. or view the 50 States Summary of Breastfeeding Laws.

Brought to you by the Proud Public Breastfeeding Group

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