I'm quoting someone's moronic opinion written to the editor of Baby Talk. The magazine got 8500 letters, most of them positive, in reaction to their Aug. 2006 cover which showed a mom nursing her baby (above). Funny thing-I got this issue and didn't think anything about the cover. Groundbreaking? Controversial? It didn't cross my mind-just a sweet baby eating. Well, in my Nov. issue, I saw the many letters to the editor and had to write something about it. Some people apparently thought the cover was immoral-one lady even called it "pornography."
Are you serious? So, I guess this rates right up there w/ the advertisements seen in the windows of Victoria's Secret and Abercrombie and Fitch, right? God, help us. The same small-minded individual who wrote the above quote also said, "Yes, it may be natural, but we have formula now." Oh, so, what you mean is, yes, it's been proven by all the medical experts (as if we needed their green light) that breast is best, not to mention more convenient and cost-efficent, but who cares? Just go buy some Good Start. What insane reasoning.
Do I breastfeed in public? Only when it's absolutely necessary. Why? Because I have a Circus Nurser-she doesn't just quietly latch on and remain peacefully sucking for 10 minutes. No, she likes to do tricks-sometimes she stands up and then sticks her hiney out-all the while nursing away. Sorry, a blanket doesn't cover that too well. Also she is easily distracted-if I tried nursing her in a public place, she would be more interested in all the people walking by than her source of nutrition. But most babies are not like ours. So to those moms who can do it in public w/no problem, good for you! Any woman I've seen BF, keeps herself covered-she's not trying to flash anyone, for Pete's sake.
As one woman wrote, "Personally, I prefer peace and quiet, but when it comes down to it, a hungry baby has absolute priority over someone's views about feeding in public. Does it bother you? Don't look. Do I get on your case when I see you stuffing your face with a Triple Whooper Deluxe with extra cheese?"
Another Muslim lady commented how in Algeria when she nursed her daughter in public (covered by a khimar-"a head covering that also covers the chest")-no one thought anything of it. "And this was in a country where female modesty is cherished." Yet in the US, she got nasty looks. This just proves how backwards we are as a country to all things natural-including childbirth. But that's another blog in itself.
I actually found several other blogs that had addressed the August cover. One blog had many comments on it-all positive. My favorite was this woman's response, "With both children, I bf them whenever and wherever I happen to be - the mall, Cracker Barrel, McDonalds, or the library. Yes, I do get some 'looks', but I double dog dare anyone to approach me and ask me to feed my baby in the bathroom. Would you really eat your nice, juicy steak while sitting on the pot?"