A Dissenting Opinion on The Lactivists
posted by: Aimee
I am going to get in soooooooo much trouble here.
But I am going to have to disagree (somewhat) with the buzz right now among the Mommy Blogs.
Yes, I have seen the clip of the Bill Maher breastfeeding thing. And I have to say, I agree with the gist of most of what he says (even when he makes fun of my beloved iPhone!). Except for the DOG comment, which was obviously made for shock value… so whatever, dude. What can I say? He’s a massive jerk! But a funny jerk!
But before I go any further, let me just say this loud and clear: I absolutely, positively, 100% support breastfeeding. It is a natural, beautiful, healthy thing. I even support mothers doing it in public. Whenever they want.
What I don’t support is sitting in the middle of a restaurant and having to watch a boob in plain view and me trying to finish my meal. Listen to what Bill says. Yes, breastfeeding is natural – but so is peeing and picking your nose and clipping your toenails but there are also times and places and ways to do it, and there may be people around you who are not comfortable with the sight of you doing it. If I understand the Applebee’s thing correctly, they weren’t asking the mom to stop breastfeeding… they were just asking her to do it a little more discreetly.
I realize some of my prudishness on the subject may come from the fact that I was never able to do it myself.
Declan was a 4 pound preemie and at the time (pre-breast reduction) I was a size H (for humongous) and we could not get the little guy to latch on. To be honest, the whole experience was humiliating and emotionally painful. I would dread our attempts at breastfeeding, when the lactation experts would grab my breasts and shove them into Declan’s face and the little guy would be just overwhelmed with their size and I would be overwhelmed with embarrassment and disappointment that I had to yet again turn back to the evil pumping contraption to extract his milk.
So, yes, maybe I am little biased.
But, sorry, I still don’t really want to see your boobs while I am eating dinner.