Jenny V Blog 4: The Blog I Never Wanted To Write

Jennifer was never particularly comfortable breast feeding in public so she would often ask Cameron to create a diversion.Alright it’s happening. I am going to attack something I have felt very strongly about but haven’t had the guts to say it for fear of being attacked by others because of my opinion. Because let’s face it. I am on the losing side. So here we go. I am against not having to cover up while breastfeeding in public.

I am so sick of hearing about this. Mostly because I cannot wrap my head around the arguments that people have for being able to breastfeed in public without covering up. EVERY article/post I have read for being able to breastfeed without covering up comes off like their grasping at straws for reasons to support their cause. While some women are passionate about their rights I can tell from reading that most just want the attention or to be a part of something that involves them. Here are some arguments most have that support my comment.

http://www.boba.com/blog/10-reasons-to-breastfeed-in-public

http://www.phdinparenting.com/blog/2010/5/14/50-reasons-for-breastfeeding-anytime-anywhere.html

“Would you eat with a blanket over your head?” I would not but I am also using utensils to eat instead of sucking it out of someone’s body part.

“It’s hard… it’s easier to…” Stop complaining. Life is hard get over it. People experience worse hardships then having to navigate a feeding baby under a blanket. What makes your hardship worse than others? Give me a break. Most of the arguments people have start or end with these words and I just cannot understand why I should care. It is easier for me not to carry my school books to class so should I petition for school to do away with books? It is hard for me to leave my dog at home so should I try to force my work to let me bring him with me to work?

“Breastfeeding is an important intimate action between mother and child that should not be covered up!” Ok so why would you not want to experience that intimate connection with your child in a quiet area. How could you possibly enjoy an intimate experience in a public area with people around?

“For other cultures this it is natural to see topless women breastfeeding babies.” Do those cultures live like you do and have access to the things you do? Would you sacrifice what you have to go and live with them to be like them? I doubt it.

Like I stated in my last blog post I hate when people assume. These activists assume that because they feel this way, all women feel this way and after all of the readings I have done on this topic this is just not true. Activists have been successful in getting women to be able to breastfeed in public or have establishments set aside rooms for breastfeeding and I am thankful for that for when I have a child. This is something that benefits all women who have to breastfeed a child but now they are taking it too far. Here’s my advice: Stop trying to justify breastfeeding in public without a cover because you cannot and you might not be taken seriously on the next cause you fight for.

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2 thoughts on “Jenny V Blog 4: The Blog I Never Wanted To Write

  1. I don’t think you are alone in the way you view this issue. I too agree that women should cover up or find privacy when breastfeeding. I understand that babies have to fed at odd times and sometimes in odd places. But to other people, you may be exposing a body part that they simply don’t want to see.

    1. I think the reaction that led to all the outcry were to the things that happened, such as women being asked to go to the bathroom to feed their child, or being shamed for breastfeeding in public. But breastfeeding in public is different than breastfeeding without a cover. There are lots of reasonable covers that don’t make it seem like the baby is suffocating. You make a good argument!

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