I know we are living in a century of innovation and free thinking, but at the same time I find it hard to explain to myself why feeding babies in public often is assumed to be a harassment or even offensive. Fortunately, women are getting more and more vocal about the necessity to feed without persecution and discomfort in public areas.
Start raising public awareness with these simple steps:
Choose the location wisely. Often bathrooms and and closets are quite unpleasant and unhygienic. Even the specialized nursing areas could be uncomfortable. Some demand sitting on the floor or on the toilet, which is a humiliation.
You are feeding the baby, not breastfeeding. First one focuses on meeting the baby’s needs in a natural way, while the second statement accents on breasts. So forget the word breastfeeding ASAP.
Explain to the public that covering up the baby while feeding him is tough and unnatural. Moms face a big challenge with getting the baby to nurse at the first time, and covering up the infant is making things even worse, because you can not see what are you doing at all. Most newborns pull off the blanket for the reason that they get sweaty and suffocate. Additionally, making eye contact is essential while nursing. It has a calming effect on the baby.
There is nothing wrong with nursing a baby. If a woman, who is feeding her baby in public, makes you feel uncomfortable, just don’t look at her. But never ever think of making her feel ashamed of her choice to grow the newborn in the most natural way. Don’t make feeding a baby more arduous task than it already is.
And yet, we are going to enjoy more boobs for all to see now that the weather is getting warmer and lots of moms and babies want to go outdoors. So get ready to fortify the right to feed our infants in ways that put their needs, not scrupulous onlookers, first.