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.
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!
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.
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