Public Breast Feeding Controversy
This week’s hot topic is public breast feeding: when and where is it appropriate…if ever. I agree with Kourtney Kardasian’s positive stance, which can be summed up as “it’s just fine” and “don’t look if you don’t like it”.
Not everyone believes in breast feeding and many do not feel it is appropriate in public. I say to each their own. I do not feel that society should dictate how or when a baby is fed and if a little nipple shows in the process, what is the big deal? Kim points out that her son’s needs are her biggest concern, which pale in comparison to societal expectations that breasts be covered up. Trying to keep a blanket over a child’s head and over your own chest is difficult and in the summer can be really uncomfortable. Everyone needs to decide what their comfort level is and if that means excusing yourself to sit in the car and feed, carrying bottles, or feeding at the table, then do what feels right for you and your child without worrying about other peoples reactions.
Breast feeding is a very natural process. Our bodies are made to made food and provide for our children. It is also a very bonding experience between parent and child. Breast feeding releases the hormone Oxytocin, known as the cuddle hormone. It promotes trust and reduces fear as well as assists in pair bonding. All of this put together as well as aiding in immunity for the child and burning up to 500 calories a day for the mother allows for this process to be incredibly beneficial for everyone involved.
I wanted to breast feed for longer than I did and was really upset when I could not produce sufficient amounts of milk after retuning to work (not at Babeland). I quickly left that job and was hired by a friend to help run a clothing store. I was able to breast feed while helping customers and keep my son with me while earning a paycheck. I never had a complaint that my breast was showing or felt what I was doing was indecent. I feel lucky that every time my child needed food I was there to give it, albeit, sometimes in bottle form.
Read Kim’s full blog post here, or take a moment to celebrate those moms who are not ashamed to breast feed in public, including celebs like Maggie Gyllenhaal (at left), Lucy Lawless (at right), and many others.
What are your thoughts? What’s been your experience?