One good thing comes from our inclination to yell our opinions as loud as we can in front of the cyber world: I get to write articles like these. Some points are understandable and decent, while others are objectifying, finicky, and tomato-throwing worthy. This thought has some validity; one can imagine that some people could be made uncomfortable in the presence of a nursing baby, unsure of whether to make eye contact or what to say.
In this piece I lay out the arguments for and against nursing in public. I do not include the health benefits, as that would be too easy. Instead I focus solely on issues strictly related to the public side of breastfeeding.
Although public breastfeeding is accepted in many places, there are still some people and companies that are against the practice. If you're a nursing mother or are in support of public breastfeeding, it helps to understand the concerns of these businesses and individuals and why they think breastfeeding in public is wrong or should be banned. According to a poll on Debate.
Any time a breastfeeding story comes up in the news, especially one in which a breastfeeding mom is asked to leave an area to feed her babyI break my own rule about not reading online comments out of sheer, morbid curiosity. Of course, there are always some unnecessarily mean people, but some sentiments that come up frequently are legitimately well-meaning. I actually would love to get to the stage when we stop calling it breastfeeding, and just call it feeding. Should women have to cover their babies to feed them in public?
Like it or not those things most of you like seeing in porn are meant to feed a baby. You should not be disgusted in my decision to breast feed my baby wherever I please, but rather be disgusted in the fact that you enjoy watching things that were meant to feed a baby. There are so many deep seeded problems with this issue that go far beyond a yes or no.
Most people, if you ask them, will say they support breastfeeding, that they believe that it's the best nutrition for babies, natural and good. Ask the same people about breastfeeding in public, however, and the responses shift. Some people will be totally on board with the idea, and other people will balk.
S hock, horror! Not for the sake of titillation but lactation: to feed a baby. The model gazes out at the reader with a defiant half-smile.
This article was originally published on Kilden - Information and news about gender research in Norway. Read the original article. When Ida Marie Henriksen conducted her fieldwork for her PhD about the cafe as public and social space, one group stood out in particular: breastfeeding mothers. The next thing she discovered was that people often remembered the first time they nursed in public.
It may be tempting for breastfeeding advocates to respond to challenges of breastfeeding older children or breastfeeding in public, by pointing out the nutritional or developmental benefits of breastfeeding, or by noting that breastfeeding is often extremely discreet. Such responses may concede more than they should: by focusing on rebutting the empirical claim, breastfeeding supporters may end up implicitly accepting two presuppositions about breastfeeding. First, the presupposition that breastfeeding requires justification in terms of health or developmental benefits to the child, and second, the presupposition that breastfeeding in public is only acceptable if assumed standards of discretion are met.
This time around, I said, I was considering cutting it off after a month or so. At this remark, the air of insta-friendship we had established cooled into an icy politeness, and the mothers shortly wandered away to chase little Emma or Liam onto the slide. Just to be perverse, over the next few weeks I tried this experiment again several more times.