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Breastfeeding in Public

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So an Argentine politician, Victoria Donda Perez publicly breastfed her hungry 8 months old daughter while she was attending an Argentine National Congress Meeting and this has sparked up a conversation on public breastfeeding. Now here’s my take:

I don’t have a problem with a mother breastfeeding her baby. As a matter of fact, I believe breastfeeding is the most natural act in the world and babies can get quite fussy and cranky when they’re hungry, sleepy or need a change of diaper but I’m going to ask Victoria Donda Perez and anyone who supports her act one simple question, “If your baby was cranky due to a dirty diaper (poop) while you are at the same function, would you go ahead and change your baby’s diaper in the presence of everyone?”

Let’s be honest, yes, breastfeeding is a natural act but even nature has its own course which is why it doesn’t snow in the desert. So I say If you really cannot change your baby’s poop at the National Congress, what makes you think it is okay to bring out a sensitive part of your body in the presence of a lot of people at such an important gathering because you wanted to feed your baby especially when there are over five different ways you could have done it. I mean there are breastfeeding covers being sold in the market at affordable prices and as an Argentine politician, I am pretty sure she can afford it. I mean look at that picture, there was a bib and washcloth on the table and even her jacket that she could have used to cover up but of course she chose not to.

She could have even acted a little more conservative and breastfed from underneath her blouse so as to use the blouse to cover her breast instead of exposing it the way she did. Above all, nobody would kill or fire her if she left for 10 or 15 minutes to go do the needful. I mean the society is really getting out of hand. And please don’t give me the whole “that’s how our mothers used to do it then”. Because during the time of our mothers, I doubt women were welcomed into Congress and since things have changed for the better, our behavioral pattern need also change.

All I am saying is that if we are going to do things then let us do it right. Don’t get me wrong, no one is saying you should starve your baby but if you are to breastfeed then kindly endeavor to cover up your breasts either with a breastfeeding cover, blanket or even your top. Exposing your parts to the entire world is absolutely WRONG. Simply put, it is not okay to go naked or show sensitive parts of our body just because a baby is involved. So please women, accord yourselves with some respect and cover up your breasts, PLEASE!

Feel free to comment below and ask questions, share experiences and suggestions.

PS: Words are simply an expression of opinion; WRITING is SPEAKING!

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  1. rubbish! that you would liken breastfeeding to changing a poopy diaper. that is disgusting. maybe whenever next you are hungry you should go set up a tent in the dirtiest smelliest public restroom you find and eat there. mitscheww!

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    • Hello ipheo. Thank you for your input. My point is that there are certain places meant for certain things. Like you said, a toilet is also not meant for breastfeeding because it is dirty and unhygienic but neither are you meant to bring out your breast in a meeting hall or a public place as it inappropriate and can be considered a violation of privacy and maybe even a violation of the personal and religious beliefs of others present.

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  2. I patently disagree with you. Women should be allowed to breastfeed publicly. Far too often, when people say that women should find more private places to feed their children the only space available is a bathroom stall. Under normal circumstances, would you tell a 5 year old child to go eat in a bathroom? So why would you require that of an infant?

    Take this a step further. Don’t think of this as an abstract baby. Think of it as your baby. Your baby that’s your pride and joy. Your baby that you’ve been working unimaginably hard to raise. That baby is hungry and someone has the nerve to say that your child should be fed in a bathroom. How does that thought make you feel?

    Bottom line is if you wouldn’t let your child eat their regular meals in a bathroom at any age, then why would you require that of someone else’s child?

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    • Hello Tola,
      As much as I agree with you on bathroom stalls usually being the only available place to breastfeed a baby, why do mothers deliberately choose not to cover up their breasts when going at it in public even when there are means to cover up within reach? That’s where I draw the line. Like I said in the article, I don’t have a problem with a mother breastfeeding her baby. If you must do it in public then the ideal thing to do would be to cover up your breasts appropriately.

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      • Why should they cover it up? The one thing that breasts are supposed to do biologically is the thing you’re telling them to hide. That doesn’t make sense. If it makes you uncomfortable, then don’t look. It’s that simple. Granted, that is hard to do when it’s on national TV, but you can always change the channel and come back later. You do it all the time when there’s a show or a scene from a movie that you don’t want to see. Why is this any different?

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  3. Hello again Tola, I’m glad you realize it’s an uncomfortable act. And if you are aware your act makes others uncomfortable and still stick to it then I rest my case!

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  4. Im so against this indiscriminate exposure of boobs by the female folks in public that each time i see it done, i often say one thing to my self and that is ‘ i’ll never allow my wife do that’… This is the first time im reading a comment against this act, i’ve always thought im the only individual in the whole wide world with this opinion.

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    • Hello Ohizey. Thanks for your comment. Be rest assured that you are not the only one with this opinion. As a matter of fact, there are most likely a lot of other people with this opinion but for some reason, they prefer to hold their peace rather than take a stand against society.

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  5. There’s a middle ground between exiling breastfeeding women to the bathrooms of the world, and those women making people unwilling spectators. Discretion is the key. Yes, breastfeeding is natural, blah blah, we know. Like the author pointed out, there are breast covers to maintain modesty. A jacket or napkin, heck, a handkerchief would do the trick as well. Nobody needs to see your whole boob, never mind the “it’s the most natural thing in the world! Why are you scared of breasts?” brigade.

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