Friday, May 21, 2010

Is Breastfeeding Really Porn?

Yesterday I stumbled upon an article from WhoaMomma regarding a mother who was breastfeeding her two year old in her older child's school lobby (the mother was asked to leave, you can read the whole post on her blog for more info, it was posted on May 19th).

In the comments below, a few people remarked that breastfeeding in public is the same thing as porn.

And I know that this whole breastfeeding in public thing is a huge issue amongst people. You either love it or hate it. Some people cry foul if a mother takes it upon herself to feed her hungry child by pulling out her boob.

And my question is: when did everyone get so offended by a boob?

I mean, come on! When a mother feeds a child, like I do mine, why would someone look at it and think: sex. A child nursing on a boob is the furthest thing from porn and if you think it is, come on maybe it's time you rethink your whole thinking process.

If it were a grown man, yes than that could be conceived as porn... but not a baby. Not a baby that relies on that boob to provide nourishment in order to survive.

Another issue that the comments made about breastfeeding was that a two year old had no right to be breastfeeding.

Now, my child wasn't two, she was a mere two months from being two, but I nursed her until she was 22 months old and I didn't see a problem with it. But I do have to admit, I never nursed her in public. Roo was simply a comfort nurser and only needed it two to three times a day.I never saw anything wrong with providing this for her.

My point is that if a mother wants to nurse her child until two, what's the big deal? When did other people make the decision of what's right and wrong for a child? When did strangers decide that they could tell a person what they were doing with their own life was disgusting?

I agree that people are entitled to their own opinions (and lord knows I have my own), but why shove your opinions down someones throat? Why make a mother out to be a porn star? Why make that mother out to be disgusting?

It's a frustration topic and everywhere you go people are having heated discussion regarding breastfeeding.

And while WHO , doctor's and blogger's everywhere have opinions, I think the one opinion you should listen to when it comes to breastfeeding is your own.

3 comments:

Mande Douglas said...

Love this! How are we to be compared to PORN STARS!!! I can't believe the nerve of some people! I enjoy nursing my baby and if he needs to eat, so be it, he will eat something nutritious that you can't by at the supermarket.

Mommy2Cara said...

Personally I put a cover on for my own comfort, but I dare someone to ask me to stop or more, DARE!!!!

JC said...

That is just wrong on so many levels!
Feeding your baby has nothing to do with sex.

I breastfeed both of mine until they was about 16 months out. But never in public, that was just for my own comfort though.

Anyway I did have one friend who acted like it was nasty. The funny thing was, she had no problem with discussing the most intimate of sex acts.