Is Breastfeeding a Crime?
As a pregnancy blogger and holistic nutritionist, I was shocked and disappointed to learn of the many instances of discrimination against breastfeeding mothers. Has our society become so prudish we cannot even witness the natural act of a mother feeding a child? I’m sure when we visit the zoo and see a momma gorilla feeding her infant there isn’t public outrage and security guards ushering the gorilla mother into a private place to feed. Why do we expect this of our human mothers?
Maybe many of the reported instances of breastfeeding discrimination were because the mother chose not to cover up? I don’t know. But even if she is comfortable enough with her body and choice not to cover up while feeding, I don’t see the big deal. 50% of our population has breasts, and I’m sure 100% of the population has seen them. This really should be a non-issue.
The female breast has one biological purpose, to produce milk for feeding a baby. Our society has transformed women’s breasts into sex objects that are coveted and desired. We’ve plastered breasts on billboards, magazines, television, and webpages, and yet when a mother shows a little bit of skin while feeding her baby, the one biological purpose of a breast, people are outraged. This reaction doesn’t make sense in a world filled with images of breasts.
We insist a woman be ushered into a private place too feed her child, usually a public bathroom, in order to save the public the indecency of seeing a flash of boob. Do you commonly eat in a public washroom? No, because it is not hygienic, and yet you expect the world’s breastfed baby’s to eat there. We make a beautiful experience ugly for mother and child. Imagine nurturing your baby to grow healthy and strong while someone urinates in the stall next to you.
As an expecting mother I am looking forward to breastfeeding my baby. I am excited for the bonding that only breastfeeding can provide. I plan to feed my baby when she (or he) is hungry regardless of my surroundings. I will not let the modern prudish opinion of others ruin this experience for my baby and me. Breastfeeding is not a crime, it is a beautiful act of life, and I will exercise my right to feed my child however, whenever, and wherever I choose.
This video by Hollie McNish says it all:
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Love and Happiness,
Krystal Bernier, Holistic Nutritionist