When a woman’s right to breastfeed in public is infringed, women come out of the woodwork to point out that Mom could have simply used a cover and avoided all the drama. It never fails.
Sometimes it’s worse than that. Women will outright call other women obscene, immodest, attention-seeking.
It’s such a bizarrely aggressive way to respond to the concept of nursing in public. Were these women wronged by boobs in a past life?
Why would you want to make a mother feel ashamed for doing something natural? Honestly. Please break it down. I’d love to hear exactly why it’s so important to make sure moms know they’re doing something wrong by not conforming to your concepts of modesty.
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If you’re still asking why moms can’t just use a cover, then you need to ask yourself why you’re so hung up on this. All moms have the right to nurse their babies where they want to nurse their babies, with or without a cover. It’s so much easier to look away. It’s so much kinder and so much more compassionate to look away.
Stop telling moms to go feed their babies somewhere modest. Stop telling them to feed their babies in the bathroom. Stop shutting down the “it’s natural” defense by making comparisons between breastfeeding and peeing, shitting, having sex or airing out your vagina because you have a yeast infection.
(Yeah, that happened.)
Next time you accuse a nursing mom of not having consideration for others, consider that she’s just feeding her baby. You don’t know her. You don’t know anything about her life or her motivations beyond the fact that her infant is hungry and needs food.
Also? You’d probably need a magnifying glass to make out a shred of boob flesh. These 12 women demonstrate that breastfeeding without a cover isn’t the scandalous Girl’s Gone Wild titty-fest the pearl-clutching, judgmental buttholes of the Mommy Wars make it out to be.
Photo credit: Courtney R.
Photo credit: Maria Mora
Have some consideration…
Photo credit: Monica B.
Can’t you find a bathroom?
Photo credit: Stephanie P by Casey Mullins Coombs
Nobody wants to see that…
Photo credit: Janelle H.
That’s what breastfeeding capes are for…
Photo credit: Rebecca B. by People, Places and Things Photography
Stop flashing everyone…
Photo credit: Tracey S.
Just pump and bring a bottle…
Photo credit: Lovelyn P.
What am I supposed to tell my kids?
Photo credit: Crystal T.
That should be done in private…
Photo credit: Danielle T.
Photo credit: Noemi M.
Photo credit: Jenny K.
Unless a stranger literally squirted you in the eye with her breast milk, stop acting like moms who breastfeed in public are ruining everything for everyone else. It makes you sound unhinged.