It appears that the mommy wars are still raging, especially on the very controversial issue of breastfeeding in public. As many of you may have recently heard, on the August cover of babytalk magazine a woman breastfeeding her child is featured. You can see part of a breast, not really that much of it if you ask me, and the baby’s face. Well, this cover caused quite a bit of a stir among readers of the magazine, many news sites have featured articles regarding the negative response the magazine received, including this article featured on MSNBC. The comments from readers have ranged from absolute disgust that the magazine would even consider placing such a picture on their cover to those who fear their children or husbands might see the breast on the cover as sexual.
Personally, I think the negative response is ridiculous. There is nothing wrong with a magazine about baby care featuring a breastfeeding scene on the cover of their magazine. Breastfeeding is a very natural part of parenting, and shouldn’t offend anyone. I can understand why some people are uncomfortable when they see a woman breastfeeding her child in public, it is after all a pretty new occurrence here in the United States, and people just aren’t that comfortable to seeing a breast under any circumstance. What I don’t understand is why people, including mothers who have breastfed their own children, would become so outraged by it.
Breastfeeding has been determined through a great deal of medical research to be the best source of nutrition for a baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advocates exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, followed by breastfeeding supplemented with the introduction of solid foods through the child’s first birthday, and then from there breastfeeding as long as mutually desired by both mother and child. They also support mothers and their choice to breastfeed in public. Which hopefully will help change people’s views on breastfeeding in public and reduce the negative backlash breastfeeding moms face.
When you consider how often a baby needs to nurse, every two to three hours, it only makes sense that a woman may find the need to breastfeed in public should she be out with the baby at a store, restaurant, or even the park when it’s feeding time. Most, if not all women seem to be very discreet when feeding their baby in public, so I ask you, what’s the big deal?