Boobs, arguably the most celebrated part of the female form.
It is a multi-million-dollar industry, estimated to grow into a 2 to 4-billion-dollar industry. Women are proud of them and men adore them, until there is a baby attached to one. Then they become unsightly and all of a sudden private! What I would like to know is; why is it okay for boobs to be exposed in public, on TV, posters and other forms of media but become obscene as soon as a baby feeds from one in public?
It’s so bad that babies have to be fed in public toilets while a DD cup sized woman in a sheer top sits comfortably in a restaurant enjoying her meal. The baby rooms in most malls and eateries (that bother to have one) aren’t even comfortable enough for a diaper change, never mind feeding a child.
Why must an innocent baby have their meal where a full-sized adult defecates?
IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT BREASTFEEDING IS A HUMAN RIGHT.
Not only is it that, it is a wonderful bonding moment between mother and child. It’s a vital part of a baby’s development and beneficial to both mommy and baby. To name a few advantages, breastfeeding:
Provides Ideal Nutrition for Babies
Contains Important Antibodies
May Reduce Disease Risk
Promotes a Healthy Weight
May Make Children Smarter
May Help You Lose Weight
I remember when I started breasting, my mother bought 2 beautiful light scarfs for when baby travels. Automatically, I started using them to cover up when breastfeeding in public because I felt the shame of having my breast exposed in public. But there seems to be no shame as I drive past a poster of a naked woman advertising a popular strip club. So, again I wonder, which is problematic, the exposed boob or the child attached to it?
“WHY NOT JUST EXPRESS INTO A BOTTLE?”, YOU MIGHT ASK.
Turns out not all babies are the same – who knew?… Some babies refuse to drink out a bottle even if it is breast-milk. My daughter is one of those. No formula, and definitely no breast milk squeezed into any container. To this day she won’t drink any other milk unless she is eating cereal. So whipping out my boob everywhere I went was and still is my only option. It comes out when she is hungry, sleepy, sad, hurt or just needs comfort and she doesn’t care where we are.
AS A GLOBAL SOCIETY WE NEED TO REALLY LOOK AT OUR COLLECTIVE VALUE SYSTEMS BECAUSE SOMETHING WENT HORRIBLY WRONG AS WE EVOLVED WITH MODERNIZATION.
It seems a though we have forgotten the essence of being human and value everything else outside of it. To all breastfeeding mothers, there is no need to feel restricted or ashamed when feeding in public. It is a proud moment and part of human nature. It’s even on some baby food packaging that “breast is best”!