Breastfeeding in Public: Get over it.

Raise your hand if you’ve never seen a boob.  Of course you have. Boobs are awesome.  Kasey Kahne, some NASCAR guy, saw a boob the other day and it grossed him out.  I don’t begrudge Kasey for being grossed out.  I pity him for his ignorance, and I cannot believe that this is still an issue.

I don’t like to play hard opinions often, but I will now.  Feeding a baby in the best way for the first year of their lives includes breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding mothers go out in public.  Breastfeeding occurs in public, mostly hidden under a blanket.  But if a mother does not have access to a blanket, or if she simply chooses to not cover, GET OVER IT. It’s a boob.  You’ve seen them before, and you will see them again.  And in this case, it’s not because a mother is starving for attention or would like to turn you on.  She’s feeding a baby. If there were no taboos attached to breastfeeding, this supposed attention whoring would hardly be possible.

I breast fed The Max for a year.  It was awesome.  It’s free food, better food. When I brought Lucy home from the hospital I figured I’d better cover her up when Max was in the room, because I did not want to make him uncomfortable, seeing his mom’s boob and all.  That lasted about two feedings.  Baby’s get hot and sweaty and uncomfortable under a blanket for twenty minute stretches while you are feeding.  Max got over it within a day.  I hope being around when Lucy breast feeds will lead to him being comfortable when he sees another mother breast feed in public someday.  It’s completely normal.  It always has been completely normal.

If you have a problem with public breastfeeding, you are wrong.  Very few things are black and white in this world.  There is no gray area here though, get over it.

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7 Responses to Breastfeeding in Public: Get over it.

  1. Emily says:

    Begrudge him, he’s a moron. This is what he wrote, for those who did not see it:
    @kaseykahne Kasey Kahne
    Just walking through supermarket. See a mom breast feeding little kid. Took second look because I was obviously seeing things. I wasn’t!
    27 Dec
    »
    @kaseykahne Kasey Kahne
    One boob put away and one boob hanging!!! #nasty
    27 Dec
    »
    @kaseykahne Kasey Kahne
    I don’t feel like shopping anymore or eating
    27 Dec
    »
    @kaseykahne Kasey Kahne
    @KnittingRad And your a dumb bitch

    The last post was to a woman who responded to his tweet. I want to know why he is so shocked by the act of feeding a baby?

  2. kristiane says:

    Calling boobies nasty makes him look like a nine year old little boy.

  3. Berdo says:

    Is it okay to peek at feedings?
    😉

    • kristiane says:

      I know you are playfully joking. But honestly, if you come across a lady feeding, do your best to do whatever you would do if she was not feeding. That would include looking at her and yes, you will see her boob, at least the brief parts that are not covered by the baby’s head. Which is barely anything. Baby’s have HUGE heads 😉

  4. I was really sensitive about breastfeeding in public for a while with my first. Then it was reeeally cold one day and doing it in my car wasn’t feasible so I sat in a bench in a Walmart. The looks I got were everything from “awww… that’s so sweet!” from the old ladies to juvenile snickering (and repeat walk-bys) from the teenagers to embarrassment and disgust from middle-aged men AND women, surprisingly. I quickly figured out that their embarrassment was THEIR problem and little do to with me, so I proudly fed in public with him and my second child after that.

    And you’re right … babies have HUGE heads so you barely see anything anyway. Get over it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    bravo!

  6. Bad Pants says:

    I’m a middle-aged dude, and I have to say, I’m surprised this is still a thing. Didn’t this stop being a thing like twenty years ago? It’s a boob, that’s what it’s used for, didn’t we all learn that in health class at some point?

    Sure, there also fun for filling out bikini tops and ogling on cheerleaders, but i don’t think we can appreciate them fully unless we appreciate them for their intended purpose.

    Also, rule of thumb for dudes, eye contact is always a good idea.

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