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Breastfeeding in public should be normal, not controversial

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Mother breastfeeding, photo courtesy of whattoexpect.com and used under fair use.

Mother breastfeeding, photo courtesy of whattoexpect.com and used under fair use.

Mother breastfeeding, photo courtesy of whattoexpect.com and used under fair use.

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Opening a bag of chips in public seems casual, while opening a blouse to breastfeed causes heads to turn. Formula isn’t the cheapest, and parents still need to feed their babies when they are hungry.

Unfortunately, the glimpse of a breast or even the act of nursing a child can motivate harassment from those who believe that breasts must always be covered. Men tend to feel encouraged by the exposure of the breast, and many harass the mothers.

A video went viral over the summer that took place at a Target in Connecticut of a man verbally harassing a woman, telling her to breastfeed somewhere else because the sight made him feel uncomfortable and angry.

Even some women oppose breastfeeding in public, believing that it is unsanitary to expose the breast due to the germs in places like restaurants that should be kept sanitary.

Breastfeeding is perfectly safe. In fact, as long as the mother does not have HIV or any other transmittable diseases, the baby will be physically fine. This isn’t even taking into account the people around the mother, who don’t come into contact with the milk at all.

Some mothers believe it is safer to be more discreet at home, where there is less trouble from judgmental strangers. Unfortunately, this means that the baby must wait to be fed.

Breastfeeding is a beautiful and necessary interaction between child and mother, and it does not have to be considered dangerous.

Biologically speaking, the breast’s main purpose is to provide nutrients to a child. In a world where everything can be misinterpreted, people need to understand that this is the matter of a baby’s health.

Hyping up the “ew” factor of breastfeeding is completely irrelevant and distracts from the fact that babies still need to eat. It does not have to get to that level; let mothers do what they have to. The breast is a body part that some find a little odd while exposed due to the fact that it is considered a “private part.”

However, when considering the mom’s perspective, it will not matter what may appear “inappropriate” or “wrong” to outsiders. This is the child that they gave birth to, which means that this is the child they are caring for, and nothing else matters.

In a world with actual health concerns, breastfeeding stands a harmless and beautiful act.

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One Response to “Breastfeeding in public should be normal, not controversial”

  1. MARY JOY MIGABON PULOSAN on March 6th, 2018 2:38 pm

    Now this is the site that’s right to share in the public. babies need to be fed anytime and anywhere whenever they’re hungry. Even adult will try to look for some restaurants just to fed their hunger. How much more a baby? And to those people who are against with these breastfeeding thing?, well then let me tell you, if you’re a girl, god dammit , you’re a girl soon enough you will have a child then will you consider to let your baby hunger until you reach home before you fed him? we all know the substitute milk are no compare to mothers milk. and if you’re a boy? what the hell? if it’s your baby? will you just let your baby cry to hunger, and if the lady doing breastfeed is your wife? Will you still dare to yell at her in the public, and all the women is doing is just to fed her baby. FEEDING YOUR BABY IN THE PUBLIC IS NOT A CRIME, DON’T CARE THE OTHER PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT PART OF YOU, FOCUS ON YOUR BABY BECAUSE HE’S GOING TO BE YOU LOVED ONE FOREVER.

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