Originally Posted by Keurigirl
I find it very sad so many of you think breastfeeding an infant is categorized as "totally shocking" and warrants being in this thread.
Our confused American culture has isolated breasts to the category of "sexual symbol", when in actuality, breasts are for feeding babies. Is it ok with you that we flaunt breasts during primetime television broadcasts, in beer ads, to sell alcohol, lingerie, perfume, and for many other products that aren't even related to them? I assume you aren't hiding your eyes (or the eyes of your children) from every ad that uses breasts to sell a product. I take no issue with breasts being sexual, but more importantly, they need to be seen as nurturing and life-sustaining.
Far from "protecting" children from seeing breasts used for their biologically normal function, research suggests that it is helpful for children and young adults to see breastfeeding as a normal activity and to allow them to develop an everyday language for talking about how babies are fed.
The outdated notion that breastfeeding is something that should be hidden away contradicts international public health messages, which encourage mothers to breastfeed exclusively for six months, with continued breastfeeding up to two years and beyond.
I mean, even in Saudi Arabia, women openly breastfeed their children even though they wear a full veil! All across Europe it is totally normal and natural to see breastfeeding infants.
I just find it very sad when a mother is in public and she needs to use for their primary purpose, that other people feel they must push their very sexual and immature view of breastfeeding on her. She is doing nothing sexual. She’s just feeding her baby. I don’t know any women who breastfeed to draw attention to themselves or say “Hey look at me! Look at my breasts!” She is just doing one of the most natural things in the world, that has been done since the dawn of man: feeding her child.
I breast fed both of my children until they were 13 months old, and always covered myself while in public. While I agree with you that breast feeding is the most natural thing in the world, so is going pee, but I wouldn't do that out in the open for everyone to see. It takes nothing to whip out a blanket and cover yourself and yes to walk around and have your breasts bared in front of children (even if it is nourishing your child) is shocking to kids who are to little to understand or big enough to be embarrassed. You can still promote and encourage breast feeding, while also covering up. And as far as comparing us to Saudi Arabia or Europe, it reminds of my children saying "but so and so's mom let's them do it", and my reply is "well I'm not so and so's mom".