BOOBS!

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.


Or sunglasses.


Or CDs…

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!

230 comments

  1. Umm…nothing against breastfeeding. I am not disgusted by it (it is a natural thing and what breasts were intended for) but I’d appreciate mothers covering themselves up if they’re going to do it in public (as well as I’d appreciate women to be decently dressed in public). Or maybe my opinion is biased since I haven’t had much of an encounter with breastfeeding =/

  2. My mother breast feed me and when I have kids I’ll breast feed them too.  When she was in public with my crying sister, she would get a blanket to cover her self and breast feed my sis.  She did it anywhere, really.  If you have a hungry baby you gatta feed it yo!  Those people who think its rude to publicly breast feed probably want kids of their own so they can experince that lol.

  3. Amen! Thanks for posting!You know, my grandmother just walked by as I was reading this post and asked me what the hell I was looking at. She acted like it was porn or something. It’s just boobs!

  4. Breastfeeding is always looked down upon and I never quite understood why. I never thought twice about breastfeeding my daughter, but I must admit that because of all the taboo surrounding it I wondered what the proper etiquette was for breastfeeding. I just ended up not going out, but there should be a better way.

  5. I never found breastfeeding to be offensive, but then again, I grew up with lots of younger siblings that mom was always feeding in front of us.  At some point recently, a woman got kicked out of a sporting event at the University in my town because she was breastfeeding while sitting on a bench.  They said she needed to go into the restroom to do it, and when she refused (can you imagine sitting in the nasty stadium restrooms to breastfeed?!)…they kicked her out.  Of course it caused a big stink in the news, and I think now they have a special room for breastfeeding mothers.  

  6. Dang Brittney is nearly naked in that pic. That is just terrible. I see nothing wrong with breastfeeding and people are drama when they see it. Maybe because it’s not sexual then the public is not accepting of it. It’s very silly to look at it this way though.

  7. I don’t think people shouldn’t breastfeed.  It’s better for the baby, and it’s completely natural.  And breastfeeding in public is okay with me to some extent.  It’s the cases where the mothers just flop their boobies right out there without even trying to be discreet.  I think some of them are trying to get attention! I saw a youtube video of this one woman videotaping herself breastfeeding her baby on the bus.  Yes, not only was her boob just OUT there in plain sight, she VIDEOTAPED it and posted it online.  That’s a little ridiculous.  I dunno, it’s a very sensitive topic.  One could argue that having sex is a completely natural and biological human function, therefore sex in public should not offend anyone.  There are two ends to every argument.

  8. Can you hear the thunderous applause I’m making? Babies must eat! That’s what boobs are for. My three-year-old niece went swimming with me the other day, and while we were changing in the locker room, she put a hand on one of my breasts and said, “Why do you have milk?” (I presume the question came because she knows I don’t have any children.)

  9. I cannot believe there are STILL people against breastfeeding. I nursed my baby 20 years ago – and never had any real issues … well except for one restaurant we frequented a lot… and the waitress shut the offender up by offering to serve their food in the restroom, so they wouldn’ t have to be offended by the woman feeding her baby(very discretely – now I wouldn’t be so careful, but I was younger then)And anyone else who might have commented would have had to deal wth both my dad and my husband and that wouldn’t have been prettyMy son had huge food allergies(most of which he has now grown out of). I”m glad I breastfed as long as I did. He’d have had – and still have — more issues if he’d been stuck with formula

  10. There was a thread about the mothers who had their photos removed from Facebook for nudity on a message board I frequen. Debate got so volatile, one guy got banned. The issue with the Facebook mothers was that the nipple or areola was visible, and this violated a rule about nudity. It seemed reasonable to me, since the users agreed to the rules when the signed up. It’s also funny because pictures only get pulled if a user’s friend flags the content as inappropriate.My thoughts on the subject:While I realize babies are often on strict feeding schedule, I think some discretion should be used, e.g. a blanket or towel to cover up. Or finding a relatively secluded place. If a woman just whipped out her breast and began feeding her kid, it would embarass me if I saw it, because I’d feel bad about seeing her so vulnerable without her permission, not to mention I’d feel bad that there might be people ogling her.I realize sometimes there are emergencies and discretion isn’t alway possible, I do feel it’s the ideal compromise though.

  11. I don’t like boobs being tossed in my face. I don’t mind breastfeeding mothers, but on occasion I think they go a little too far(also the ads and magazine covers. I see no reason for all that exposure) One of my mom’s friends used to pull both her breasts out to feed her child “just in case he wants to switch”. I think breast feeding is fine and shouldn’t be banned, but that was just a little weird.I did have a friend that stitched small removable “pockets” in her shirts so she wouldn’t expose her breasts to the world when she breast fed. I thought that was such a cool idea.

  12. 1st tour bf’ing mom here.  8.5 months and still going!  thank you for this post!  i always cover up with my nursing cover, but yes, there are times when my son shoves it out of his face because it bothers him.  i try to cover up what i can, but my son’s comfort comes first.  kudos to all of you moms who are on 2nd, 3rd or 4th tours!  you are my inspiration to try to make it to one year.

  13. haha. I think that my first featured post was about breastfeeding. It was about the American Baby magazine being told to pull a cover that had a picture of a mother breastfeeding. I was furious about it. Mine was a rant. Your post is much more clever. Nicely done!

  14. I loved the last part. I do not have children as of yet, but if I did, I would want to be able to breastfeed my baby whenever he/she is hungry. No matter where I am. I’m just venturing a theory but I think people consider it offensive because it’s not pornography. Society needs to get its priorities straight.

  15. Breastfeeding a baby is something natural. It’s a connection between a mother and her child. There are so many other offensive images out there that people tend to place their focus on the wrong subject! 

  16. Right on! You rock. I just did the peition over at Facebook. I can’t believe they took down a photo of a woman breast-feeding her child. They considered it indecent. They should go fuck themselves!If men had babies..I bet they be allowed to breastfeed. But since men seem to get aroused by the nipple an a mouth…hmm…we must end it now?…

  17. this seems to be a real issue lately; a xanga bud of mine posted something very similar a little while back, which got me and my mom and sisters talking about it.  me and my siblings were all breast fed, and moms was telling me about once in a little fast food place she was feeding my big sister, sitting in an out of the way booth and covering ke’s little head with a little towel so nobody would see (moms is very prudent and polite) but the manager came out and asked her to leave.  asked her to leave because she was feeding her baby in a restaurant.  so, she started to ‘put things away’ when this random woman says, “you just stay right there, honey,” and comes up to the manager giving him hell.  then another woman joined in and apparently they harrangued this guy until he retreated into the kitchen.  anywhoos, i think that’s what we really need; to stand up for each other on issues like this.  get involved.  take a stand.  unite.

  18. I totally agree! People need to be more discreet about it, my sis breastfeeds, but you would hardly know what she is doing! I used to work in a restaurant and some women would just pop it out and not give a care in the world!

  19. I think it’s…just plain weird that people hate to see women breastfeed. When they picture came out of Angelina Jolie breastfeeding her twins, everyone was screaming AWWW at the top of her lungs. However, when a “normal” person breastfeeds it’s disgusting. Get a grip people, it’s a baby eating. Wouldn’t you get upset if we starved our babies?

  20. I plan on breastfeeding my twins….but with decency.i doubt i’ll be in the mall and just whip out a boob to feed my baby.

  21. @havingbabies – Thats awesome! Tandem nursing is tough at first, I was still nursing my daughter when my youngest son was born and if I can give you one piece of advice no one gave me: drink lots of water and keep something to drink everywhere you plan on nursing at all times. Breastfeeding one makes ya thirsty but two.. sheesh I felt like the sahara! haha

  22. I wish I could have breast fed my children, but alas, I could not produce enough milk.If anyone ever told me to cover up, I would punch them.Woman (and mammals) have been breastfeeding their children since we hit this planet.I say to all the idiots out there to GROW UP!

  23. @RedPopAnnie – Bravo!  I wish there were more stunts like that going on!  We as a community do need to stand up for one another and I think it is so neat to hear about random strangers willing to go out of their way to help a sister out.  Thanks for sharing that!

  24. Some of us couldn’t breastfeed. I think it is a wonderful and deeply touching act.  So breastfeed in joy knowing not all of us object to seeing it! So long as you are discreet, I think you should go for it!

  25. Great post. I think Americans are just insane most of the time. I don’t find breastfeeding to be offensive at all. I’m more offended by those magazine covers. (It drives me crazy that sex has to sell everything.) Maybe it’s OK for sexy and/or famous people to show us their boobs, but the average female (mother’s) boobs are not attractive enough and therefore are offensive. Like a hot naked person would be fine, but an ugly naked person is offensive. I don’t know.

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