Recently on Chow.com a question was asked what the table manners precedents for bfing were. The Author of the blog answered honestly in that she felt it was completely ok to even uncovered bf in a restaurant. Commenters disagreed! I think honestly though I could not write as wonderful a response to this as one blogger already did. So here is her post on this topic.
Next is the next least offensive, Target. Recently a Target store harassed and humiliated a young breastfeeding mother for bfing in their store and told her she needed to do it in a dressing room. She was so upset that she posted about it on her FB wall and decided to start a nurse in at Target Stores nationwide. The events page got thousands of bfing mothers who were willing to attend the nurse in. I honestly wish I was still nursing so i could join them. Our nearest Target is 1.5 hrs away but I would still go there if I was bfing just to participate and show my support.
The last and most offensive was NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne tweeting about how disgusting he thinks bfing in public is. When a person disagreed with him he called her "a dumb bitch". He has since appologized but not before outraging bfing mothers everywhere.
So I have said it before.. I will say it again. Anyone who thinks breastfeeding in public is wrong is a hypocrite. We are surrounded by breasts as sexualized images everyday. How are those right but using your breasts for their biological purpose is wrong. We are mammals. Mammals are called mammals because they feed their young with their mammary glands. Breastfeeding a human baby is no different then a pup drinking from a mother dog, a calf drinking from a mother cow, or any other mammal drinking from it's mother. Breastfeeding is so delicate a process too, one of the arguments against bfing in public is that the only reason why you can't feed from a bottle while out is choice. That is bull. 1. pumps suck.. they never work right and they can slow your supply. 2. your breasts hurt bad if engorged and either eating or pumping is the only way to stop that.. so which of the following scenarios would you like to see while eating: my child discreetly feeding, a machine pulling and elongating my nipples through clear plastic suction cups while making a gross sucking noise, or my breast just finally exploding and milk pouring through my shirt and down on the table (and yes that happens). I think the first choice is the best one.. don't you? Why should a mother have to refrigerate and then heat up cold pumped breast milk when her supply is always body temperature and always fresh? It saddens me to no end that people are still so sickened by one of the most natural things in the world. So I leave you today with a clip from a 1977 episode of Sesame Street. Enjoy.