Boobs Are Out
The breast is best. That is what you hear from the second you conceive until you die as a mother. If you do not breast feed, you are considered less of a mother by other mothers.
I comfortably walked the line. I actually was formula fed and I am proud to report that I am healthy. I believe there are benefits to both food sources and it is not my decision to make for your family. I did breast feed and formula feed all three of our children without incident. Yes, I did both. I thought it was the best option for our children and myself. I never realized the “us” against “them” mentality until I wrote a short column about breastfeeding in public.
Breastfeeding your child, if you choose to do so, is wonderful. The caveat is if I do not have to see your boob. I do not wish to be a part of your bonding time with your child. I do not wish to have to move so I do not catch a glimpse. I do not feel that I should have to explain to my children why your breast is exposed. I believe that companies make covers and buying one or using your shirt is the right thing to do. If your child doesn’t enjoy being covered, then find places to feed your child where the public is not exposed to your breast.
We are given certain liberties and freedom and I know that there are no laws that prohibit breastfeeding in public; however, I do strongly urge women to cover up. I can’t name all the places that I fed my children in public. In fact, over the almost 2 years, I would say I fed them everywhere. I can say that I remained covered while doing so. It is my right to feed my child. It is your right as a stranger not to have me expose my breast in public.
It is really a question of manners. You either have them or you do not. I read the 101 reasons to breastfeed and not one reason was, “because you can have your boob out at the table.”
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