Don’t Show Us Your T*ts!
So I was doing some volunteer work earlier today and this cute Bohemian/hippie-type mom sat down beside me with her infant child. I turned my head just in time to see her pulling her shirt up to breastfeed the baby … and promptly averted my gaze before she could realize that I had inadvertently caught a glimpse of her boob.
Other women have breastfed their children in my presence before. Some of those times I didn’t even realize it was going on at first because they’ve always used a blanket or something to cover themselves. I breastfed all my children for at least a few months. On a few occasions I found in necessary to do it in front of people I barely knew and on those occasions, I used a blanket too. Breastfeeding is good. It’s healthy. It’s natural. I have nothing against it. What I do have a problem with is public nudity.
And I think that’s the problem a lot of people have … one she was complaining about when a woman gave her kudos for breastfeeding in public. She complained that she once had a towel offered to her when she was breastfeeding her baby in a public place. (Uh … yeah … that’s so people don’t catch an unexpected view of your knockers, honey.) It may be a bit of a wrestling match to get that blanket in just the right position, but it’s worth it. It makes people more comfortable which at least in theory should make the mother and thereby the baby more comfortable.
It’s a compromise. You want to feed your baby the best and most people don’t want to see your t*ts … that is, of course, unless you are a coed on spring break in Ft. Lauderdale, or hanging off a balcony during Mardi Gras, or you go by the professional name “Candi” when you’re at work. In a public place where there are children, men and women of varying ages going about their business, it’s not appropriate to whip any of your privates out where they can be seen even if it is a completely natural thing. Urinating is a natural function of our bodies too and yet it’s illegal to do that in public.
Anyway she seemed to be the type to buck the system … to fight the status quo. That’s cool, I guess. Sometimes society has it wrong. Maybe more people should try to do things to challenge contemporary norms. I just don’t want to see their boobs while they’re doing it.