It’s World Breastfeeding Week, the first week of World Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and we are experiencing yet another 2020 let down (see what we did there?). Usually at this time of year, we get to see tons of photos from around the world, as breastfeeding parents participate in celebrations and sit-ins with their babies firmly latched to their primary source of nourishment and comfort. This year, though the Global Big Latch On held a few virtual meetups, things weren’t exactly the same.
By no means do we blame any mothers for not wanting to exposed their children and their breasts to big crowds in 2020, of course. We’ll leave this year’s mass demonstrations for the masked grownups and bigger kids. But we miss seeing those glowing faces and pudgy cheeks. We were so uplifted by those images of women reminding the world that breastfeeding is not an obscene or sexual act, but actually the most natural thing in the world.
That’s when we decided to give in to nostalgia. Since these breastfeeding demonstrations have been going on for more than a decade across the world, we decided to look back at photos from them. As we did, we realized how much they really have accomplished in just a few short years, changing attitudes about public nursing and even getting governments to change laws. In the U.S., for example it is now legal to breastfeed in public in all 50 states.
There may still be some grumpy old prudes who will try to tell you to cover up or go to a bathroom, however. That’s why we’ve got to keep at it — once the pandemic passes, anyway. In the meantime, we can pretend that these photos, taken in China, the U.K., Mexico, Greece, the U.S. and more, are from last weekend. Heck, some of these pics weren’t even from Breastfeeding Week but from demonstrations held at other times of year. We really can’t tell, you know, since breastfeeding never goes out of style.