Creative Ramblings of One Crunchy Mama
I found this on my old blog that I’ve slowly been importing here, but I thought it was cute so I am adding it as a new entry.
I’m thankful for not having boobs thrown in my face all the time by offensive and indecent breastfeeding mothers like the ones below:
Wait…Well, this is a bad example. Let’s try again.
Hmm…Just a minute. I’m sure I can find better ones than these…
Eh, still not offensive enough. I’ll check one more time.
That is better. LOOK AT THAT! I see about a half inch of boob. DISGUSTING.
UGH. Look at that indecency! She must be from some third world country to be exposed like that!
Now that’s just…There are no words to describe how inappropriate that is. Something needs to be done!
But why stop at breasfeeding women? There are boobs everywhere. Beware! If you thought the above photos were offensive, you WILL DEFINITELY be offended by the photos below.
Not this one, though. This one was in plain view on news stands and in mail boxes in 19 countries world wide!
Not this one, either. This one actually won an award!
Oh, and I guess this one is fine too. Everyone knows you can’t sell jeans without someone being topless.
Or beer, for that matter.
You know what? Maybe I’m crazy, but I think that someone mixed up some photos here. The first batch are offensive, but the second batch are just fine and dandy???
People who live in glass bras:
Shouldn’t throw stones:
If you think women have the right to breastfeed their children no matter where they are, please repost this… anywhere and everywhere. Support breastfed babies and their right to eat in public!
EDIT: Holy Canolis! I had no idea this would get any attention at all! When I originally posted it 2 years ago nobody noticed!
I’m currently on my 3rd tour of breastfeeding duty and I support all women in all their breastfeeding endeavors! I have never had a problem breastfeeding in public and I do it so discreetly you most likely wouldn’t even notice I was doing it. People usually think I’m just holding my baby. Only once was I ever asked to cover up in a restaurant and I told the manager to go eat his dinner with a blanket over his head..
Thanks to everyone for the comments and the awesome support of breastfeeding!
2nd EDIT: I only have about 40 minutes while my little one’s nap and I still need to shower.. and there are SOOO many comments to respond to. I just had to add some more thoughts..
The pictures of breastfeeding women posted above, while beautiful, are not an example of what every single woman does when they find themselves needing to feed their child out in public.
Yes, I agree women should be discreet. I think people are forgetting that breastfeeding women are just as human as the people who are so offended by them. None of my kids would eat with a blanket on their heads, and I know a lot of other women that find their children reacting the same way to being covered with a blanket while trying to eat. They don’t like it, wont eat and will scream instead. Some kids pull the blanket off, some pull up moms shirt, sometimes mom forgets the blanket or nursing cover and the list goes on.. but babies still need to eat. If mothers in america (cause let’s face it, it’s only here that everything under the sun is sexualized) didn’t feed their babies because of modesty or forgotten blankets everyone would be all up in arms over that.
When I head out I pull on a breastfeeding tank top and throw my shirt on over it. When I lift up my shirt and open the nursing tank to feed my child you would have to be resting your head on my baby’s chin in order to even see the sliver of skin exposed. Now how is that possibly being offensive to anyone? Seriously, if you are that uncomfortable seeing my child eat, don’t look.
What if women still didn’t have the option of using formula? When my grandmother was still alive she told me how formula used to be something you had to get a doctor’s prescription for and they didn’t recommend it unless there was a medical issue and the mother could not breastfeed at all. If it were still that way today, would all women be expected to just sit in the house for a year or two to feed their child? Thats obviously ridiculous…
The variables on circumstance here are just about endless, bottom line is all babies deserve to eat wherever the heck they are. I bet moms who use formula would be mighty pissed if they were asked to go bottlefeed their child on a toilet seat, or to smother them with a blanket while they ate.
Fact is, the law is on the side of the breastfed child. With very few exceptions, women in this country are allowed to breastfeed on just about every publicly and privately owned piece of land.
Next time you see a woman feeding her child and you really think she is over exposing herself, why not say hello? Why not offer to stand in front of her? Maybe she forgot her cover, maybe she accidentally wore the wrong shirt, maybe she is exhausted and doesn’t realize her shirt rose up too high or maybe she is sitting there wishing people would stop looking at her like she just shot the pope!
Recently someone actually did that for me. While out for a walk with family and friends, the baby was fussing in the stroller.. that ‘I NEED to eat’ fussing. So I found a sorta secluded rock on the edge of someone’s property and plopped down to feed my little man. Of course I was not exactly dressed for nursing, so some of my belly was exposed. Not 30 seconds after I sat down another mom that was walking by noticed what I was doing (even though it was getting dark) and walked over. She laughed and said “do you need some cover?” and pushed my stroller over a bit to block me and stood and talked with me. It was nice.. made me think the world wasn’t half bad after all…
And once again, thanks to everyone that commented and everyone that reccommended this post!