Weighing In On The Endless Public Breastfeeding Controversy
You are damned if you do you are damned if you don’t. This is how I felt about breastfeeding when I first had my son. Our society and culture promotes breastfeeding for health reasons but shames women for publically breastfeeding their child. It is one of the biggest hypocrisies that I have ever heard of and if you naively believe that breast-feeding is a “non issue” in 2014, then you are tragically mistaken.
In fact just a week ago, Anna a fellow lingerie blogger over at Bras and Body Image, shared a story on twitter about her cousin in Rugeley, Staffford being called a “tramp” in local facebook group for breast feeding her baby out on a step. If you read the article- you’ll see the picture of Emily Slough (her name), nursing her baby on the front steps of a restaurant. It looks like they both have taken a break for lunch!
Now, why someone would choose to slut-shame this woman by calling her tramp for breastfeeding in public is beyond me. In response to this the “Spotted In Rugely Facebook Page”, where the image was originally posted, was shut down. The public response to this controversy has been mixed, but most people have offered support even organizing a mass feed.
Recently, it feels as if a day doesn’t go by where you don’t hear about some sort of “breastfeeding” issue in the media. This was just a recent example of this happening in the UK. For those who do not know I am actually located in Alberta Canada, but even here we are not stranger to similar arguments. Right now, there is a buzzing news story going around about an Albertan women being asked to breastfeed in the bathroom of a courthouse rather than out in public. It was an actual court officer who asked her to move, and now she is pushing for a change in policy in regards to public breastfeeding in municipal buildings. And I would agree with her. If people pay taxes, they should be allowed to breastfeed wherever they want even if it is in a courthouse. Not to mention, children should never have to eat their meal in a public bathroom. That is just unfair and gross.
Honestly, when I was breastfeeding my son, I never felt comfortable breastfeeding in public even with a cover. People do look and sneer, and some ignorant individuals (mostly men) do make comments. This is a HUGE issue, because everyone knows that this happens and it makes new moms wary about breastfeeding. This, paired with the misconception that breastfeeding ruins your boobs and makes you unattractive to your mate are two of the main reasons why many women choose not to breastfeed. Which, excuse me for sounding biased, is one of the best things that a mom can do to bond with their infant and insure their child’s health.
Because Tempestra UK is all about confidence by the cupful, I think that this is a relevant issue to discuss. Obviously, breastfeeding, boobs, and body image all fall under the categories of what we value here. I’ll be blogging ecstatically about breastfeeding for the next few days and would love you joined the conversation by commenting below or joining me on Facebook!
Talk to you soon.