It’s not that people are disgusted by the open display of motherhood. They’re just pissed that that doughy little baby head is getting in the way of a sweet boob flash. This “Boobie Beanie,” available on Etsy, allows moms to feed their babies in any location, while appeasing public breastfeeding critics who think breasts should be used less for infant sustenance and more for Spring Break wild-going.(x)
so uhhh…where’s the brown one?
i’m just going to leave this here.
because it’s pretty much the most gangster shit i’ve ever seen in my entire life.
(photo not credited—or, um, credited as “amazon indian mother breastfeeding child,” which, you know, not super helpful—found on the beautiful breastfeeding facebook page, which is worth a peek if you’re into that sort of thing.)
Comment:mynaturalpregnancy said: i bet no people give her shit for feeding her kid in public!
This is a Kayapó mother and child from the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest and while she might not get shit for breast-feeding in public, her entire people is being forcibly evicted from their ancestral homelands in order to make way for the massive Belo Monte Dam, which will make thousands of indigenous Brazilians homeless while simultaneously destroying a large part of what is commonly referred to as the lungs of the world.
In other words, western moral codes aren’t currently this mother’s biggest concern.
This is just fucking awesome!
Breastfeeding Moms Stage “Nurse-in” Protests at Target Stores
(CBS) Should breastfeeding be allowed in public? The oft-debated controversy that pits moms against retailers and nosey onlookers reached a fever pitch yesterday when women across the country protested Target by holding “nurse-ins” at more than 100 stores in 35 states.
“Feeding your baby is nothing to be ashamed of,” North Texas nursing mother Angela Jackson told CBSDFW.com during a nurse-in. “I feel like asking someone to move to feed their baby is basically segregation.”
The nationwide protests began because of an incident on Nov. 28, when Michelle Hickman of Houston sat on the floor of the women’s clothing department and began breastfeeding her infant who had just woken up hungry. Despite covering herself and the baby with a blanket, two female employees came over to her and asked her to move and threatened her that she’d get a ticket.
Hickman legally had a right to breastfeed in public, so when she called Target to voice her complaints, a representative told her despite her rights, Target is a “family friendly public place” with different policies than what’s legally permitted, and suggested Hickman shouldn’t “flaunt” her feeding publicly.
Hickman organized a nurse-in for December 28, 2011. At the 11th hour, Target replied that it has a long-standing policy in support of breastfeeding in stores, and that the company would work to educate its team members on the store’s policies.
The letter was too little too late in the organization’s mind, so the nurse-in went on as planned. From Houston - where the incident took place - to Philadelphia to San Jose, moms across the nation brought their babies to Target stores to feed them in public.
“It’s going to take a couple of generations before it’s a non-issue,” one nurse-in organizer, Kelly Roth, told Time. “Our ultimate goal is for people to not notice that anything is happening, just like with breathing or speaking or a baby taking a bottle.”
Ever feel self-conscious breastfeeding, feel like the whole world is watching you? Spare a thought for Australian MP Kirstie Marshall and remember that breastfeeding in public is your right by law (in Australia) and is also still a powerful political act, because when we exclude breastfeeding mothers from places we are really excluding women from those places.
Several years ago a push for female Parliamentarians to be able to breastfeed in the Parliamentary Chamber was finally successful in Australia.
This change occurred after the incident in which ALP MP Kirstie Marshall was ejected from the Victorian State parliament floor for breastfeeding her daughter. Twelve-day-old Charlotte was considered a “stranger in the house” under standing orders at the time. At the time, Liberal minister Amanda Vanstone had a dig at Marshall, saying that she pitied her baby for being fed in “a noisy and testosterone-filled televised parliamentary debate”. As always, women are expected to confine themselves, to avoid public life dominated by aggressive men, rather than men being expected to act like decent human beings – regardless of whether there is or isn’t an infant present!
Read more here at Hoyden About Town where they are celebrating the Australian Capital Territory’s Parliament becoming the first parliament in Australia to get accreditation as a breastfeeding-friendly workplace by the Australian Breastfeeding Association. (source)
Here’s a “Roller Derby girl breastfeeding” pic, and it’s an amazing picture. I know I’m a straight white guy and thus, by default, haven’t a clue, but the author of the blog post I found it on (click here if ya want to read more) says it way better than I ever could:
The feminist campaign to allow women the full freedom to breastfeed is about all of us. It is not really about the choices of individual mothers and their babies. It is about women being considered as important.. as fucking normal as men. We are all made stronger when a woman can breastfeed, in public, as a member of her community, while getting shit done. Because when that happens it says that women belong, it says that women’s bodies belong, it says that women are here.
(Photo) “Breast-feeding in public is inappropriate”
We definitely don’t want to live in a world where boys routinely see women breastfeeding. They might grow up with the idea that breasts exist for something other than their amusement. ”
Margaret Hartmann, “Porn Star Publicly Breastfeeds Baby, Gets Accused of Promoting Pedophilia” at Jezebel. (via aaabbbbbbiiieee)