I normally write witty, silly things (just read my homepage if you don’t believe me) but today I’m digressing to a woman’s topic where I might just take the non-feminist side of the debate. Feel free to leave comments/debate/opinions, just not pictures of breasts please. According to the Washington Post, there was a mother who breastfed her 19-month-old in church and was asked to go to a private room, and was later told the church does not allow breastfeeding without a cover so that others will not feel uncomfortable. The mother posted her dispute on Facebook and she won’t return to that church because she feels unwelcome.
Now, I support breastfeeding. No argument there. I am even grateful that public places are making special rooms and providing laws to protect people who breastfeed in public. I loved the cozy little room at the Indianapolis Museum of Art that was specially designed for breastfeeding mothers. Hurray! But, I don’t think it’s too much to ask for a mom to use a cover when she’s in public. I don’t. I’m sorry. Where it may be a baby’s food source, it is also a sex organ that visually causes reactions–ever since, well, Adam and Eve (thanks a lot you two). Now, if you have a wardrobe malfunction, that’s another (sort of humorous) situation. But not using a blanket or cover while breastfeeding might very well make people uncomfortable. Being discreet is called courtesy. Baby gets the very best nutrition in the world; boobies hidden and no one feels awkward. Sounds like a win/win to me.
The debate on the Washington Post website is quite lengthy. But, what do you think?