Recently, a Canadian mother hailing from Edmonton had her Facebook account shutdown by the powers that be because she posted pictures of her breastfeeding her infant child. Facebook’s reason for the closure of this woman account: The pictures violated their terms of conduct and were considered OBSCENE.
Really?? Since when is breastfeeding … obscene? Seriously.
It brings up such a bigger question: since when has breastfeeding become a public taboo? Why are mother’s confined to dingy washrooms or private stalls to do what a mother’s breasts are naturally created to do… nourish their infant child? Have we turned breasts into such sexual objects… made them into sexual taboos… therefore making breastfeeding (even in public) painful and uncomfortable? Breastfeeding is about nurturing… not sex!
Don’t get me wrong… I am a single woman who has no desire at this point in my life to have children… let along breastfeed, especially in public. But I do understand this clearly – when a mother is lactating and her child is hungry… you best believe that I will support her in her endeavor to nurture her child. It’s nature – it’s natural. That’s what breasts are for… not simply for the pleasure of men… that is secondary… if not much lower on the totem pole.
Is it uncomfortable to watch a woman’s breast hang out in public with a child latched onto it? Slightly, yes. But that is simply because we have made breasts into sexual objects and nudity is only for private moments or specific beaches/communities. Breasts and nudity are taboo. We have sexualized the human organs to the point of them being uncomfortable, if exposed. Religion plays a huge part in this. We’ve become so out of tune with how our bodies work that to see a mother do what is natural and human… we stare or even shut her down. It has now become OBSCENE. Sad. Truly.
Certainly – there are those who might take it to extremes but for the most part… I’ve nearly always seen woman breastfeed discreetly, even if it is in public. Would you be comfortable being told to eat your lunch in the bathroom, in what can be filthy places, unhygienic and full of bacteria? Hell No!!! So why would you ask a mother, who is going to feed her infant child, small and vulnerable to bacteria and germs, to go to the same place you would never even conceive the idea of eating your very own food in??? And then there are all the health benefits of breastfeeding vs. bottle/formula… do I really want to deprive your future children to that nourishment if it is even a remote possibility to be able to breastfeed? We have enough issues with all the chemicals and JUNK we put into our bodies and children’s bodies… for crying out loud…
Oh. And by the way. Breastfeeding is a woman’s legal right. Even if she chooses to do it in public. To ask her to be anything other than a mother feeding her child… is discriminating and discounting. There is nothing obscene or sexual about it. Even if you’ve chosen a different method to feed your child.
So my words are to those who baulk at the idea: Grow up… stop being so freakin childish/prudish in your views on sexuality and morality. Their breasts for fuck sakes!!