The mothers breastfeeding have been shamed
In an amusement park,
At a homeless shelter,
At a café,
On a bus,
At the mall,
In a grocery store,
And at all the places outside the home!
Breastfeeding in public had really been a controversial issue. In the past, there have been many social and web debates on the same. It has been a fearful dilemma for the mothers who travel/work with their newborns and mostly have no place to cover or hide for meeting the needs of their newly born. Many mothers have been shamed and humiliated numerous times at numerous places over publically breastfeeding.
In a social experiment, a couple was made to sit around people to breastfeed a fake baby/doll and the results were really horrific. People were offended and left the place. Many objected saying that there are many private places where the babies can actually be fed and mostly being women. While only a few understood that a baby needs to be fed regardless of the place and time.
Some people (generalizing would be wrong) consider breastfeeding wrong in public and it is generally looked down upon in the society, also it is termed as ‘inappropriate’. The issue here is the mentality of people about the ‘appropriateness’ of it. A mother of four described her experience of publically nursing as ‘fearful’. She told she was afraid of the judgment, though she had had kids who didn’t tolerate being covered.
In my opinion nursing, a baby in public is OK. What’s wrong with it is the mentality of people that only focus on the sexual function of a female body which makes it ‘inappropriate’ for them. Breastfeeding is a physiological need. Before running down to judgment seeing a mother feeding her infant in the grocery store or a subway, we should focus on the whole picture instead of just focusing on the exposed breast.
Here are some beautiful breastfeeding pictures to celebrate motherhood: