A Note Regarding Breastfeeding “open air” Style
1) Why is it my responsibility to manage your feelings? If you see my breast while I’m feeding my child and get uncomfortable why is that my fault? I am doing something that a breast is intended to do and if you feel sexual about it that is your feeling not my responsibility.
- Breastfeeding is not illegal.
- It is not cruel and terrible.
- It is not sexual.
- It does not spread an STD or any other disease.
Whether a mom chooses to cover or not, bottle feed or not, is none of your concern. If you don’t want your children seeing me, and if your partner/husband/wife lacks enough self control that seeing breasts turns them into a rape machine – then I do one of two things:
1) Don’t look. Don’t stare. Don’t ogle. This is the easiest option. And if your response is “well if you’re gonna put it out there I have a right to look”. You do. I also have a right to call security on a creepy people if I feel threatened. Fair warning. Could be embarrassing. More so for you due to your social ineptitude about the spoken and unspoken rule that staring is rude and we know that being embarrassed by something is part of the problem here for you.
2) NOT point me out to your delicate children and philandering partner because – and hear me on this one – I am not responsible for yours, your partners, or your children’s actions or feelings.
*this post is a repost from my former blog home, sahmomfu.blogspot.com and is slightly edited. As I migrate all of them to here, I’ll note when it’s a repost.