Put Your Tits Away Love!

3 03 2007

 

I can appreciate a nice set a knockers as much as the next person, but let me say I believe there is a time and place for them.

Church on Sunday – not appropriate

Clubbing on Saturday Night – (a little more) appropriate

Recently I was at Square One mall in Mississauga Ontario, and I was absolutely flabbergasted by the amount of woman in the mall with kids being breastfed.

 

Now before I come across as an anti-breast feeding Nazi, as mentioned above – I believe there is a time and place. In the middle of the mall, regardless if there are big comfy leather couches or not, is NOT the place to be suckling your young. I don’t remember seeing so many woman breastfeeding in public just a few short years ago, then again, I don’t remember those big comfy leather couches either.

I believe that breast feeding is beautiful, natural, loving, helps create a special bond between mother and child . . . I’m just not sure how I fit into the equation. . .

Could busy lifestyles not allow for that special private time to happen? What about woman scorn by having to give up their careers to raise the family?

Is there another baby boom I just wasn’t aware of, or are we all just so much more comfortable with our skin?

Bluewater mall in Dartford, England (just off Junction 1 of the M25 for those who know the area – check out the store Topaz, awesome furniture!!) has the most beautiful “Mothers and Families” room. Large overstuffed couches, classical music, water feature, soft lighting. . . . all in a bid to keep ladies with their kit over their knockers while in the middle of the mall.

While I was there once with a friend we stopped at Pizza Express for lunch, during lunch we were disturbed by this lady two tables over in a power suit, having one of her two kids attached at the tit, the other a toddler of about 2 running around screaming. I rolled my eyes and shook my head. She caught me doing it, and proceeded to give me the riot act on how she is entitled to breastfeed where she chooses.

Needless to say I let her have her rant . . .she obviously had bigger issues.

Perhaps I am judgemental because I don’t have any kids of my own, and that I have never experienced the miracle of birth first hand. Maybe you could even call me a prude, I just don’t see why I have to be subjected to tit sucking at every turn of the mall.

What is your thoughts on breast feeding in public??

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/143104/breastfeeding_in_public.html

 

 

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****UPDATE**** April 12, 2007 

Investigation starts into case of mom kicked off airplane

MANCHESTER — After months of deliberation, the Vermont Human Rights Commission has denied a motion by Delta and Freedom Air Lines to dismiss a complaint filed by a woman who was kicked off a flight awaiting departure from Burlington for breastfeeding her 22-month-old son. The decision, issued last Thursday in the form of a letter from VHRC Executive Director Robert Appel to a representative for Freedom Airlines, is a welcome development for the complainant, 27-year-old Emily Gillette of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“I think they made the right decision … I feel really pleased about it,” said Gillette, speaking by phone from Santa Fe, Monday. “It feels good to be validated by the state.”

Gillette is not suing the airlines. Instead, as she phrases it, “the state of Vermont is taking up the responsibility of upholding their own laws,” which Gillette claims were violated Oct. 13, when a Freedom Airlines flight attendant ordered Gillette off a plane departing from Burlington for publicly breastfeeding.

According to Vermont state statutes, a woman’s right to breastfeed in public is protected by law, the main reason cited by VHRC in its rejection of Delta


and Freedom’s request to throw out Gillette’s allegations against them. For their part, Delta and Freedom Airlines had argued that federal preemption law prevents a state from asserting a state civil rights claim. However, in its denial of the airlines’ request, VHRC cited federal and Vermont Supreme Court cases that demonstrate otherwise.

Appel refused Monday to confirm or deny his issuance of the letter informing Freedom Airlines of the commission’s decision, saying, “all matters brought before the HRC are confidential and cannot be discussed until an agreement has taken place.”

He did outline the next step of the process for the parties involved.

Negotiations fail

Since Gillette and Delta and Freedom Airlines had failed to solve the issue through negotiation, an investigation will now commence that may involve requests for documents and a review of any and all materials submitted by both parties relating to the incident in question.

Once an investigative report is given to both parties, according to Appel, both parties have the right to respond to the report within 10 days of receiving it. Both parties also have the right to appear before the commission to make a brief oral presentation.

If, after this, the commissioners decide that there are reasonable grounds to believe that unlawful discrimination occurred, the case will be transferred to the executive director, who will attempt to bring both parties to accept a settlement. If a settlement cannot be reached within six months, the commissioners will decide whether to close the case or take it to court, either in Montpelier or the court in the county in which the alleged incident took place.

Gillette’s lawyer, Elizabeth Boepple of Manchester, was pleased by news of the VHRC’s decision to uphold Gillette’s complaint. “What it means is we can now proceed,” said Boepple, who was also impressed by the solid defense of Gillette’s complaint provided by VHRC.

Manchester lawyer

“What I appreciated about the analysis was that … the Vermont Supreme Court has made clear how preemption interplays with Vermont’s law,” said Boepple. “It’s a well-reasoned and very solid denial.”

“We hope that this will be an encouragement for the airline to recognize that they need to pay some attention to this case,” Boepple added.

For her part, Gillette feels fortunate to have the support of VHRC.

“It’s scary to be up against giants,” said Gillette, who added that, despite the wave of media attention that followed her ouster from a Freedom Airlines plane, she feels happy and perhaps like a better person.

“It’s made me a more active person,” Gillette said. “I feel like a more connected person, at least to one social movement.”

Representatives for Delta and Freedom Airlines could not be reached for comment.

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21 responses

5 03 2007
skywindows

I breast fed all my kids to a year, and I did it discreetly in public with a blanket over the both of us in the middle of summer in Arizona when it was about 120 degrees outside. I can’t stand when women have their titties showing for everyone to see. What was funny was all the people who thought I was holding a sleeping baby peeking under the blanket to get a look without asking. They got an eyeful and a mouthful from me.

5 03 2007
icedmocha

I think as long as a woman is reasonably discreet, she should be able to breastfeed anywhere she would feed a baby with a bottle. I don’t think she should be relegated to her home or some other solitary location just because the baby might get hungry. Life goes on, and this is, after all, the natural way to feed a baby.

5 03 2007
Joey

I’m not saying a woman should feel that she needs to hide in a dark corner in her house, I just think right smack dab in the middle of a busy public place is not appropriate.

Especially given alot of places, like BlueWater mall, ofter luxery private places within those busy public places.

discreation is key . . . . .

5 03 2007
brahnamin

okay, so i’m gonna get labled as a boy here, but… erm… damn discreet.

seriously, men have been running around topless for centuries. most women, at this stage of our social development (read as meme, society as a whole, etc), would not be comfortable doing so should they be given the right.

the saddest thing about the feminist movement is how aggressively it attacked the oppression of patriarchal traditions . . . when it has been the matriarchal traditions that have been stemming the tide for centuries.

in anger, you might hear a man call a woman a slut. women will call each other that casually. instant judgement. it is the women who get offended by public breast feeding.

skin is skin.

we are uncomfortable with it because our watered down puritan mores tell us that is how we should feel.

for me, i gotta say it’s so much crap.

strip away what everybody *says* is proper, and riddle me this :: why is an exposed female torso considered *improper* and an exposed male torso is not?

it is a human convention, and one that does not even exist everywhere in the world. clothing for protection makes sense. clothing for fashion makes less sense, but it still makes sense. clothing for modesty? scratch that. clothing to appease SOMEONE ELSE’S sense of modesty, just seems silly to me.

if you feel uncomfortable around someone who is breastfeeding in public you would probablly still feel uncomfortable if you happened upon her doing the same thing in her own home. you would agree that she had every right to do so in her own home, but you would still feel uncomfortable.

your discomfort is your own.

she has nothing to do with it.

in fifty years (hopefully less) this won’t be an issue. i applaud the women who are standing up and doing something about it while it is still an issue.

5 03 2007
brahnamin

and quite frankly, church on sunday should be the FIRST place the ban is lifted…that won’t actually happen…but it should

5 03 2007
Joey

I see your point, and agree that my discomfort is my own. . . . .and yes, it does make me uncomfortable to see woman breastfeeding in public.

So this brings it back to part of the orginal question, why are there so many people in public breast feeding??

“Could busy lifestyles not allow for that special private time to happen? What about woman scorn by having to give up their careers to raise the family?

Is there another baby boom I just wasn’t aware of, or are we all just so much more comfortable with our skin?”

I don’t consider myself a prude by any means, I just don’t see why I have to be a part of it.

I also applaud when people can move forward from ancient ‘rules’ and oppression, I just don’t think breastfeeding oppresses anyone. . . .I don’t think public breast feeding is a natural step for the feminist movement. . . .its certainly not like buring bras.

Perhaps I still like to think of tits like sex objects and things of desire rather than cow teets providing nourishment to young. . . .I can’t see how breast feeding can turn someone on. . . .

I still think discretion is paramount. . .

5 03 2007
Jo-Ann

It’s a real shame that you are so intolerant. God gave women breasts to nourish children – how can something that is part of God’s plan be so disgusting to you?
I think closed minds are the most disgusting things of all.

Do you ever wonder why women expose their breasts in public to feed their babies? The alternative is a child screaming bloody murder and I am sure that you have opinions about them too. Babies have no understanding of waiting to find a private place – they demand instant satisfaction. Good parents oblige.

As someone who spent the better part of Paul and Kate’s wedding breastfeeding my child in a bathroom while people urinated and defecated next to me, I don’t appreciate your attitudes against nature.

Sure, there are often designated breastfeeding areas but they are far from plentiful. And why should women be sent away, as if in punishment, to do what adults do freely in public? I believe that consuming food is a right guaranteed to all, whether adult or child.

For those who despise seeing breasts being put to use in such a fashion, I would recommend that you steer clear of the establishments listed at http://www.weewelcome.ca – a directory of breastfeeding-friendly restauarants, coffee shops and retail stores.

I for one always try to cover up when I breastfeed. I do this not out of shame. I have two reasons:
1. I know people, such as male family members, get uncomfortable.
2. I cover up to prevent being ogled. Some men enjoy watching women breastfeed.

In North America, breasts are seen primarily as sexual objects. I believe this is the source of discomfort when people are exposed to breastfeeding women.

Trust me, there is nothing cuter than a baby chowing down with enthusiasm on a mother’s breast. Maybe once you experience it yourself, you will have a deeper appreciation for it.

5 03 2007
Joey

Jo-Ann, first off let me I love you to death! And I love a little debate. . . .
Back to the topic, I’m not intolerant, or disgusted – or as you put it disgusting. Come on Jo-Ann, You know me better than that. I just don’t think every Tom Dick, Harry and Sally needs to be a part of something that is private. And I as one of your family member appreicate your rule number one. I much prefer seeing all of Solenne’s face 
But please walk around in my shoes, I have just as much right to be uncomfortable with seeing tits everywhere I look when I’m shopping for a pair dress pants and shoes at Square One, as I guess woman with child have right to breast feed in public. . . . .
Certainly I agree that we don’t have the same services for new mothers in the way of “mothers and family rooms” like BlueWater http://www.bluewater.co.uk/guest-information and perhaps we should have more. . . .espeically in busy malls like Square One.
Colin wanted to go to one of comic book and toy stores in Square One, after spending hours and hours of my life in comic stores I wasn’t up to another. I just wanted to sit down on one of the big comfy leather couches and wait for him outside the store while he perused the store. No sooner do I sit down but a lady sits across from me, and whips out her boob, and turn myself to the left to give her some “privacy”. There is another lady who was already seated doing the same. I shimmy around to the right to give both the lady in front and the lady to left privacy, and guess what another woman there is breastfeeding too.
What the heck are those couches there for? Surely they can’t be for me to wait for my husband who is shopping in the mall, they must be there for lactating mothers who need to dispense . . . . .
I’m not suggesting that a dirty busy bathroom is a solution either, see small article below.
http://www.parenthood.com/articles.html?article_id=4746

Breastfeeding in Public: The Debate Rages On
By Brenda Rees

ABBE was minding own business when asked … there were “complaints.” The security guard at her local mall said Dotson making other customers uncomfortable, and needed to stop what she was doing or leave the premises.
Was Dotson picking a fight? Had she dressed inappropriately? Was she noisily disrupting other shoppers or shouting obscenities in the bustling food court?
No, Dotson was doing the simple act of bonding with her then-5-month-old daughter – she was breastfeeding.
“The guard approached me and told me that I had to ‘cover up,’ ” recalls Dotson, who was momentarily stunned with the demand. Her daughter, Ruby, was a “gymnastic eater” who did not like to be covered when breastfeeding. Dotson and the guard bantered back and forth, and Dotson finally told the guard that “no one has to watch!” Dotson was shaken by the experience. “I eventually made my way out,” she says, “but as I walked, I found myself subsequently getting really upset about this. I mean, I felt like I had committed a crime.”
Is It Wrong to Breastfeed in Public?
Indeed, many breastfeeding women do feel like they are under public scrutiny when they nurse outside of their own home. But since infants require feeding as often as every two hours, planning one’s day around a nursing schedule can be very limiting, sometimes even impossible.
With more mothers opting to breastfeed these days, (nearly 70 percent of women are breastfeeding when leaving hospitals, according to a recent study by Ross Laboratory’s Mother’s Survey), some women sense that all eyes are upon them when they are out in the open.
While many women easily brush aside the glances, stares and smirks, others find that societal attitudes are shaming and brazenly ignorant – and not worth the trouble that breastfeeding brings.
And even though the American Academy of Pedeatrics highly endorses breastfeeding for the baby’s first year, some women – despite all good intentions — find it difficult. They discover that the baby doesn’t latch on right away, it is time consuming for the mother and there are issues of going back to work later and carrying around clunky equipment to express and store breast milk.
The final straw for some women can be a reluctance to deal with a society that can be unsympathetic to breastfeeding in public.

5 03 2007
Joey

I’ve got to come back to these questions again,

“Could busy lifestyles not allow for that special private time to happen? What about woman scorn by having to give up their careers to raise the family?

Is there another baby boom I just wasn’t aware of, or are we all just so much more comfortable with our skin?”

what about time managment, I often see parents who keep their families moving like a well oiled machine, could good planing ensure you aren’t in the middle of a sidewalk sale when baby needs food?

I understand where you stand Jo-Ann and I very much respect it, but you need to respect my position of discomfort. I have nothing against “God’s Plan” nor do I have an “attitude against nature” and am offended by your use of God aganist me. As mentioned very early in this post, I think breast feeding is beautiful and natural, special and helps a mother bond with their child. I’m just not comfortable with it displayed for all to see in public.

I’m also not comfortable with top less beaches, with blue movies on TV, walking by the porn section in a video store, watching men pee at the side of the road, general loud public farting, men in speedos. . . .the list could go on. . . . .

Perhaps my opinion is simply based on the fact that I don’t have kids. . . or perhaps its that I like the sexual idology of breasts – either way personally attacking my beliefs and my right to have an opinion isn’t fair either.

I don’t think this debate is about whether or not it should be allowed, or if its natural. . . its about where is appropriate and how much discretion one should have while doing it.

My opinion again in the simplest form:
Breast feeding GOOD!
Breast feeding with it allllllll hannnnnging out in the middle of public places BAD!

5 03 2007
skywindows

To answer your questions…

“Could busy lifestyles not allow for that special private time to happen? What about woman scorn by having to give up their careers to raise the family?

Babies need to breast feed every 3 hours generally. It takes about a half hour to give them 15 min on each breast. By the time you are done, you get yourself and your baby ready to go out to the mall (which can take half an hour) you get to the mall (say 30 min more later) You have an hour and a half to get all your shopping done and out the door and home again before your baby is demanding more food…And I didn’t even include getting baby in and out of car, getting them in the stroller and out again, etc…You get the idea.

Even the best planning leaves you little time to get any shopping done at a mall.

Some babies want a “snack” in between, and as Jo-Anne stated, why can’t babies eat in public like everyone else when they are hungry?

I am not sure what you mean by women scorn for giving up a career… Please explain that better.

Is there another baby boom I just wasn’t aware of, or are we all just so much more comfortable with our skin?”

Some mothers are staging “Nurse-In’s” to protest mall policies, especially if they are discriminating against lactating mothers. When this occurs you will see nursing moms all over a mall, and I am curious if this is occuring at your particular mall. But I have to say that I find it not only appropriate, but I applaud those mothers for standing up for their right to feed their young in public. There is nothing “dirty” about nursing, and it is only in the mind of those who think so.

Breasts have the function to feed children… I am still confused why they are viewed in society as sexual objects. I am sure my husband could answer better than I could.

5 03 2007
Joey

I’ve read recently (I’ll have to go find some links) about the trend of business woman (think 30plus with careers) who decide (or unexpectly) have babies. . . .

Having to give up the careers they worked so hard to get for the sake of raising the family. Not all people are inclined to be loving and good parents, some people view having children as a burden. . . .

One of the articles I was reading was about how these power women who put effort into being visable in the work place, put the same effort into being ‘noticed’ as a nursing mother.

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Here in Montreal I never see an army of breastfeeding mothers . . . . . Square One is a large mall in Mississauga Ontario (near where my family lives)
http://www.shopsquareone.com/ I saw 11 nursing mothers in that one trip.
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I need to point out my stand on this debate again, because I think I’m getting slated as the ‘bad guy’ – and I don’t believe I am a bad person in regards to my opinion on the subject.

I don’t think there is anything dirty about breast feeding, nor do I think woman should be stuck barefoot in the house when they have children.

I think the all-out-take-a-looksie-at-my-nipplies breast feeding in the middle of any public place is not appropriate.

Discrete breastfeeding, yeah.
Respect for other patrons, of course.

I just don’t think as a stranger I need to be part of the beautiful, natural, private bonding session of a mother and child when I want to go shoe shopping. . . . .

5 03 2007
Joey

As for breasts being sexual objects, remember they are sexual objects before they ever bear milk . . . . .

Breasts are one of the things that set woman apart from men. Breasts, curves, soft lines and skin. . . all things that make woman beautiful and sexual. . . .

My thoughts are that breasts are sexual first before they are sources of food. . . regardless of what their ‘purpose’ is. . . .

5 03 2007
Jo-Ann

Joey,

You knew you were going to start a huge debate with this post. Anytime you go against the sisterhood, you are asking for it.

I disagree that breastfeeding should be a private affair. Imagine if you had to do all of your eating in private, away from people who could be potentially offended. Babies feed at least 8 times a day, sometimes for up to an hour! Moms and Babies have as much right to feed wherever they please, without attracting negative energy.

If you are offended/disturbed/confused by the sight of breastfeeding, turn away. Don’t look. It’s as simple as that. I think the phrase “LIVE AND LET LIVE” applies here.

And don’t misunderstand me, I am not trying to offend you or use God’s word against you. I am just saying that it is not easy being a breastfeeding mother and at the very least, we expect implicit support from other women in our daily struggles.

That’s all I have to say, except that you better not let Solenne see your bosom – she’ll be all over you!

5 03 2007
skywindows

It is modern society that deemed breasts to be sexual objects. I doubt cavemen looked at breasts as sexual objects, but rather a way to feed a baby who could not put solids into thier mouths.

However, ask any breast feeding mom, while breast feeding, sexual object is the LAST thing you consider them to be. They are sore, and constantly leaking milk. You generally don’t want your husband to touch them the whole time your breastfeeding.

Mom’s dont pull out their boobs for everyone to look at, they pull them out to feed their child, just as you would pull a pen out of your purse to write with, or a spoon to eat with. As for purposly putting it out there, some women look at breastfeeding as a natural thing that is not something to be ashamed of or to cover up for. Some babies will pull the blanket off no matter how hard you try to keep it on.

I do not for a moment think you are bad for the way you feel about this, it is a valid argument and point of discussion. I love a good debate especially when you can walk away from it as friends.

5 03 2007
brahnamin

*I see your point, and agree that my discomfort is my own. . . . .and yes, it does make me uncomfortable to see woman breastfeeding in public.

So this brings it back to part of the orginal question, why are there so many people in public breast feeding??*

[quoting joey, since this thing has dangled so far since i last posted today.]

forgive me for being blunt, but there are so many women breast feeding in public because they don’t give a rat’s arse about your discomfort

in fact, at this point, feeling that you (generic ‘you’ please) have a *right* not to be accosted by such sights in public is just prudery.

in fact, if anything, if a person doesn’t want to see such things, perhaps they should protect themselves by staying at home.

my wife is right, breasts as objects of sexuality (while i thoroughly support the concept as a male) is a product of the modern age. visit africa or the philipines or south america and you will find many places where this line of thought never existed…still does not exist today.

breasts are not inherently sexual. they are blobs of flesh…until someone takes an interest in them. in this the sexuality truly is in the eye of the beholder…or if the beholder is really lucky, in his hand…but i digress.

breastfeeding is natural.

urination and defication are also natural. if it didn’t leave such a bloody mess, i’d be all in favor for that in public as well.

i am certainly inclined to remove the prudery surrounding toilet issues.

the ally mcbeal *unisex* bathroom wouldn’t be overly popular in most of america, but it would go a loooong way towards changing the way we think (and ending those godawful long lines women seem content to stand in waiting their turn at the *proper* stool).

and comfortable or not, it’s coming. already in the newer malls and other places that offer public toilets there is the *men’s* room, the *women’s* room, and a *family* toilet so mom isn’t the only one dragging the kids off to the potty (dad gets a turn now, too)

as a final note, let me say i am not against personal modesty.

i am just against forcing it on others…and curtailing where a woman can feed her child in a natural fashion so that others are not made uncomfortable is doing just that.

and to echo my wife, i’d rather refrain from the debate rather than debate myself out of a friendship, so this will be my last post on the matter here.

be blessed and bless

5 03 2007
inkpen

Sheesh! Wot’s all the fuss about? Transfer this blog into another “non western” or even a “third world” society where the breast is the preferred or even the only method of feeding an infant and it would be utterly nonsensical to them.
As a kid growing up in such a “wonderful” society, I was surrounded by breasts of all sizes, sometimes covered sometimes not. In the tropics, then, there didn’t seem to be a compelling reason to cover them and the only reason that changed was due to the influence of the Colonial ruling classes who imposed their standards on people who in my opinion were more laid back and had less hangups. Not to mention that they were already civilized…just more in tune with nature thats all.

Breasts were breasts. They were and still are unashamedly used for feeding and quite openly at that……….no big deal. In different circumstances in the same society they had an obvious and appropriate sexual attraction but not to the same extent as in N.America. A large bottom was a much more potent sexual attraction. Different strokes for different folks!

I applaud women who choose to feed their babies naturally. rather than “sticking their boobs” in the face of society, I think that they would represent a broad cross section of ethnic and socio economic backgrounds who are making an intelligent and well informed choice to feed their offspring in the manner that provides the “ideal” super-food that has all the ingredients necessary for developing infants. Not only that but, it’s economical and sans packaging to clutter up landfills.

All the women I know who are breastfeeding are hardly the type to let it all hang out in public.

As an adult male…I don’t see what the fuss is about. I am however happy to be living in a society that is enlightened about such things. Besides……think about this scenario. —— Solenne, reading this blog as a teenager and saying Sheesh! Mom…did you read this stuff

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12 06 2007
Bill

I think breastfeeding in public is okay. America is too puritan still. A kid’s gotta get fed anyway. If a woman wants to bare her breasts, including nipple and has a baby up to it – fine by me. There are more important things to be worried about that a cop should arrest people for: murder, rape, robbery. Breastfeeding is not a crime and is victimless. So all you prudes should look the other way. Good grief!

12 06 2007
Joey

Bill, thank you for your input.

Now, I don’t believe anyone said anything about people being arrested for ‘indecent exposure’ or anything.

I’m simply saying that in the example given I had NO WHERE TO LOOK.

Tits to my right, tits to my left, tits right in front of me.

I’m not a prude by any means. I just don’t think I as a regular shopper needs to see tits around every corner.

If I wanted a peep show, I’d go for one.

29 12 2007
Veronica

I know that I am way late on this thread, but see that your original questions were never really answered. Let me enlighten you. As I peroused different blogs and articles on breastfeeding to do a presentation on intolerance of breastfeeding for my local breastfeeding coalition (yup, I’m a lactation consultant), I stumbled upon your thread on the subject.

First of all, let me say that a woman breastfeeding is not a step backward for woman’s libbers. I believe that Women’s Lib gave us women the right to CHOOSE whether or not we want to serve in the conventional roles deemed as okay for women, rather than automatically be EXPECTED to serve in those roles because we have breasts and a vagina. So, in mothering, we have the right to choose whether or not we want to stay home or go to work once we have little ones.

With that said, we have also discovered that breastfeeding is the end-all-be-all-absolute-best way to feed our babies. In educating ourselves as mothers, we have, as a pretty vast collective, opted to do what is best for our babies- hence the onslaught of exposed breasts everywhere you turn.

Consequently, we are also active mothers who have lives outside of the “Leave it to Beaver” household. We shop, meet friends at Starbucks, go to the gym, to the library, etc…, and it’s usually with our little ones in tow. Now, have you ever seen a mom of a toddler or pre-schooler travel around town with a bag of snacks for her kid because it would be a while before getting home or to the restaurant to get a meal? Well, just think of those breasts as a snack bag for her baby. That’s what they’re there for. That was their intention by design. The kid gets hungry, you feed him/her, if not, you have a screaming kid. End of story!

The breast is an ORGAN that produces milk for its young. It is such an important organ that we as a species are called mammals. We are named mammals in honor of the breasts capabilities.

Men have revered breasts for centuries because of it’s milk making and life giving properties. This is initially where the breast turned into a sexual body part. It was Victorian men’s love for the “life sustaining” fullness (read as swollen with milk) of the breast which proppelled the breast into what Victoria’s Secret is now made of.

You view the breasts as sexual because that’s how you are conditioned to view them and not because that’s what’s right. As a matter of fact, in some Arab cultures, the breastfeeding mother will rush to cover her face rather than her breasts when a man enters the room. How is it that we North Americans have it so backward? And, we’re supposed to be the evolved ones!

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