I have to confess I am more than a little shocked to see the emergence of the Breastfeeding debate in the news this week. I had thought that as a society, we had moved far beyond this issue. After all it is considered acceptable to sunbathe topless and in a G-String on Bondi Beach, so why would the breast performing its natural function be considered something that requires “Discretion“?! Wow that is really messed up!
From a mothers perspective, that harrowing moment when your baby is crying and needs food fills you with an immediate and overwhelming need to quickly resolve the issue at hand. Personally in my stress and desperation to stop the crying I would have done just about anything. My boobs were lop sided when I was breast feeding (Jack was an animal) so I remember having one boob that was the size of a football and one that was the size of a tennis ball (not the voluptuous fantasy of big breasted women seen in movies!). But the football and tennis ball were lobbed out at a moment’s notice, and I neither noticed nor cared who was watching.
If someone had told me that stripping off and dancing naked would stop the crying and make my babies happy I would have done that too!
There are a number of villages in Africa where being topless is part of the culture and in fact normal. In pictures these women always appear quite majestic to me with their lovely lean bodies and beautiful beaded jewellery. No-one seems to avert their eyes or feel uncomfortable while looking at images of these beautiful women, so why on earth would it be an issue for a mum to lob her boob out in public? Is our society really still so fuddy duddy? I don’t recall being surrounded by a cheer leading squad as I successfully attached both babies to my poor broken, bruised and battered boobs and fed them. Most people just looked away.
The bottom line:
If you don’t like it, don’t look! Breastfeeding in public is legal, discrimination is not. End of Debate!