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June 30, 2010 / crunchymama80

Yes, I nurse in public.

Welcome to the July 2010 Carnival of Nursing in Public

This post was written for inclusion in the Carnival of Nursing in Public hosted by Dionna and Paige at NursingFreedom.org. All week, July 5-9, we will be featuring articles and posts about nursing in public (“NIP”). See the bottom of this post for more information.

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It seems like more and more we hear about women that are harassed for nursing their children in public. Ironically, it is the simple act of feeding their child that warrants this harrassment — and why? Because she’s using her breast to do so? Why does this make the feeding of her child wrong to some people?

Now, I don’t eat at fast food restaurants like McDonalds. While I wouldn’t feed my children at these establishments does not warrant me forcing my ideas on others.  Just because I wouldn’t feed it to my children doesn’t mean it’s wrong for another mother to do so.  I wouldn’t look at a mother feeding her children a Happy Meal and harass her. I wouldn’t berate a mother at the local carnival for letting her toddler eat cotton candy nor would I judge a parent publicly for giving their child a hot dog and soda as a “nutritious” lunch. They are feeding their children  – isn’t that what matters?

It doesn’t seem so.  Because we’re using our breasts (GASP!) to feed our children and they’re sucking (GASP GASP!) it’s something we shouldn’t do in public.  We should have to resort to feeding our children in the most natural way possible behind closed doors.  WHY?

Because breasts and especially the manipulation of the nipples is something associated with sex, and we certainly don’t have sex in public.  Well, most of us.

Bottom Line: My breasts were made for making milk.  My child receives her nutrition from my body, just as she did while she was still inside of me!  I have nourished this child with my body from the moment of conception and your hang ups will not deter me.

I nurse in public.  Join the crusade and (GASP) nourish your child in front of others!

Art by Erika Hastings at http://mudspice.wordpress.com/

Welcome to the Carnival of Nursing in Public

Please join us all week, July 5-9, as we celebrate and support breastfeeding mothers. And visit NursingFreedom.org any time to connect with other breastfeeding supporters, learn more about your legal right to nurse in public, and read (and contribute!) articles about breastfeeding and N.I.P.

Do you support breastfeeding in public? Grab this badge for your blog or website to show your support and encourage others to educate themselves about the benefits of breastfeeding and the rights of breastfeeding mothers and children.

This post is just one of many being featured as part of the Carnival of Nursing in Public. Please visit our other writers each day of the Carnival. Click on the links below to see each day’s posts – new articles will be posted on the following days:

July 5 – Making Breastfeeding the Norm: Creating a Culture of Breastfeeding in a Hyper-Sexualized World

July 6 – Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers: the New, the Experienced, and the Mothers of More Than One Nursing Child

July 7 – Creating a Supportive Network: Your Stories and Celebrations of N.I.P.

July 8 – Breastfeeding: International and Religious Perspectives

July 9 – Your Legal Right to Nurse in Public, and How to Respond to Anyone Who Questions It

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  1. Dionna @ Code Name: Mama / Jul 7 2010 3:52 pm

    While searching for breastfeeding pictures for possible inclusion in the carnival, I came across a photoshop’d picture of a baby nursing – but instead of a breast it was a hamburger bun, and the caption said something about McDonalds. Ew. (That has nothing to do with your point, but I had to share.) 🙂

  2. baj4life / Jul 7 2010 6:16 pm

    Well said!

  3. Our Sentiments / Jul 7 2010 10:22 pm

    This is a great point. I was talking to a friend about this same topic. She is a bottlefeeding mom and I a breastfeeding. I told her that it’s the same thing as me saying/degrading a formula feeding mother. I told her to think of a common statement made towards breastfeeding. Replace the breast with bottle and see how insulted you would be.

    “OH my, I don’t want my child seeing you ‘bottlefeed'”
    “Don’t you think your child is too young to ‘bottlefeed?”
    “Don’t you think you should cover up? I don’t want to see your bottle?”

    I am sure you get the drift.

  4. Audra / Jul 9 2010 1:16 am

    I had medical problems that required some formula supplementation with my first. I got rude looks and comments no matter HOW I fed my child: from the breast, breast milk in a bottle, or formula. Argh – if only moms didn’t feel put down and judged just because someone else parents differently. I have found the root of a lot of backlash has been simply that – because I parent differently than another mother, that mother feels like I am putting her down just by the act of me parenting my child.

  5. Michelle_M / Jul 31 2010 2:42 am

    Bravo mama!!! Well said. I NIP, I have been harrassed one time (I was a member of a gym and was nursing IN THE NURSERY! of all places!) ….. I took it to the district manager (via the manager at a different gym within the chain) and won my fight! I don’t go there anymore, but maybe I saved a future mama from being harrassed and told to go do that in the locker room!

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