Friday, July 9, 2010

In Protest (Since we’re entitled that)

You know like the way we’re entitled to our opinions.

I have opinions on many many things, very strong opinions on most.

This includes breastfeeding.
I am all for breastfeeding. This includes nursing in public. Many of you know my stance on breastfeeding isn’t the best. I’m for it and I agree that, for the most part, it is what is best for your baby, and I applaud those who nurse for as long as their child wants to. I was ecstatic with how well Belly picked up on it, and heartbroken when she self-weaned at 4ish months, even though it turned out that her not nursing was extremely better for her. I’m also pretty vocal on the fact that giving your child formula or a bottle is just as good. I actually take an even stronger stance on that. Does this mean I think that mothers should not nurse their babies in public, or that if they do so they should be as covered or as away from people as possible? No. Does this mean I think you should just give your baby a bottle of breast milk or formula instead? No. It’s your right to provide nutrition for your child in the way you feel is best when your child is hungry. Its your responsibility to mind the health of your child. Nursing a baby in a bathroom is just flat out unsanitary. Making them stay covered, with even the lightest of blankets, when they are hot and miserable is not healthy. It will upset them, keep them from getting the nutrition they need (cause they’re too busy being upset), plus think of how smothering that would be. The baby will already be warm pressed against you, imagine adding a cocoon of a blanket. I don’t think so.

I’m sure everyone and their momma has already blogged about and shared this link, but here’s what prompted this post: Russ and Lisa in the Morning: June 6. Fast-forward 6ish minutes in. That lady just disgusts me. Yeah, we’re all entitled to our opinions. We’re also all blessed with a brain. She obviously doesn’t realize it. If she did she would realize some opinions are better left unsaid. Am I saying people shouldn’t share their less than savory opinions. Hell no. I’m full of them that I share all the time. But, am I someone who represents a whole area of people with a radio show and website that potentially 1,000s of people will hear? No. If nothing else she should have kept her mouth shut and thought about the sponsors of her show and how the heads of the stations will react when they have to deal with the fall out of her poop fest. Common sense. Use it.

Now for my protest, and I do so hope others will join me, create a blog post with a picture of you nursing (or if you never nursed – just state you support it – if you do support it that is) and add this link:
Breastfeeding State Laws
and the laws that apply to where you live, bolding any that deal with the issue of nursing in public.

Thank you!


newincs said...

Sadly I have almost no breastfeeding pics (I take the pics so I am in very few)... but I absolutely support any woman's right to breastfeed anytime, anywhere... Even if she chooses the bathroom (YUCK) for her own comfort... but I absolutely do not feel that women should be forced to breastfeed in a bathroom! A CHILD has the right to eat anytime, anywhere no problems :)

me said...

Here's mine:

Heather said...

I was appalled at how she went on and on about this little rant of hers. Yes she is entitled to her own opinion, but she took it to a proportion that angered me to the core of who I am as a mother. I could careless what she thinks is decent or proper. Let her keep it to herself. But to say there should be laws about breastfeeding and that we should be banished to bathroom stalls is an assault to motherhood and she should be embarrassed for her public rant about something so beautiful and natural. She is the one that is the pervert if she thinks it to be perverted or indecent.