Breastfeeding in Public- Yay or Nay? What do YOU say?

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My opinion – Yay!

I won’t go into a long and drawn out reason for why I believe breastfeeding should be allowed, but with all the other things that are allowed, I’m not quite sure why there is an uproar about this.

I breastfed all three of my children and sometimes I had to breastfeed in public. With all the graphic images of violence, blood and guts that people seem to tolerate, I’m surprised we are offended by the human body. Just take a look at Facebook, people are more willing to show off half naked pics of themselves in front of their bathroom mirrors but then get grossed out when they see a mother doing something natural.

Most mothers I know that breastfeed do their best to cover up, but with wiggly babies and juggling full diaper bags, sometimes a wardrobe malfunction happens. I say, just get over it.

One of the great things I found out breastfeeding was that I can have an intelligent conversation with my 4 year old about breastfeeding and body parts without making my child feel ashamed for asking. Like all kids, they are curious and introducing the biological reason for breasts, mammary glands and breastfeeding her little brother enlightens and educates children instead of making them fearful about their bodies.

I believe part of our fear of breastfeeding in public is based upon changing demographics of marriage and delayed child bearing. In a Pew Research study in 2010, now 1 in 5 women never have children up from 1 in 10 from the 1970’s. In the same survey it states that public attitude about childlessness has become more accepting. Let’s face it, you can’t go to a restaurant or even on airplane with your children without somebody having an issue with it. Breastfeeding in public is not the only issue.

Next week’s topic should be: Which Republican candidate has a mom’s interest in mind?

Heather Buen

Heather has lived in Dallas-Fort Worth for over 10 years. The quintessential multi-tasker, she splits her time with her children and navigating the city. As a single mom she has a large network of friends, family & supporters – believing in the saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” You can find her on Twitter at @dallassinglemom 

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