I never really thought I’d join the debate over breastfeeding in public, but there was a short but interesting twitter exchange amongst some South Florida sports media personalities regarding this very subject. Wait, breastfeeding…huh?! Yep, Joy Taylor of The Zaslow and Taylor morning show on 790 the Ticket tweeted this:
I was surprised at Roy’s sympathy and compassion for nursing mamas, especially considering he’s not a father…yet. But it got me thinking, why does it bother me to see a woman openly nursing in public?
Let me preface by saying that I always used a nursing cover. I would breastfeed in public, at the mall, and even in restaurants. And I always noticed the double takes and even dirty looks, from mostly men, and sympathetic smiles from the women who were clearly moms…again covered. Sometimes children would curiously look, and guys would nudge each other. I would imagine Beavis & Butthead “hee hee…look, boobs under there!” You see, these are the people I specifically covered up from…I mean how could anyone look at breastfeeding, the most natural and nurturing thing in the world other than what it is? A way to feed our hungry babies and give them the most healthy, brain boosting food possible.