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Sadly, the story of a mom being shamed for breastfeeding her baby is not a new one. For this particular mom, she was minding her own business in her car when sitting at a public park. Why it’s even an issue anymore is confusing for many women.
Despite it being legal in most Western societies, women continue to be shamed and harassed for this natural act. The incident shared on an online forum, is just one example of how societal norms and the objectification of nursing can lead to a lack of understanding and acceptance of breastfeeding in public.
The Incident and Its Consequences
In the video, a man is seen approaching the woman’s car and asking her to stop breastfeeding her baby because his children can see her “areolas.” He also condescends by repeatedly calling her “little missy” while she tries to reason with him.
One commenter says, “The way he calls her “little missy” like she’s five. She is a grown a*s adult breastfeeding her baby, it is the most normal thing in the world.”
The mom responds by telling him that he is harassing her and that she has a right to feed her baby. She also notes that he can simply not look. Finally, she even suggests that he call the cops if he feels it is necessary.
The response on Reddit to the video was overwhelmingly supportive of the mom. Commenters were quick to defend her and condemn the man’s behavior. Some suggested that she simply roll up her windows and ignore him, while others recommended calling the police.
However, the incident raises a broader question: Why are people still uncomfortable with breastfeeding in public?
The Awkward Objectification of Nursing
This comment summarizes this nicely, “This is what happens when you sexualize the f*ck out of everything.”
People may be uncomfortable with breastfeeding in public because of the objectification of breasts in our society. They are often portrayed in media and advertising as purely sensual objects rather than natural parts of a woman’s body. This can lead to discomfort or even disgust when mammary glands are used to feed a baby (as they’re intended).
Additionally, the pressure for women to be modest and cover up while breastfeeding can be overwhelming in some subcultures. This can lead to feelings of shame and guilt for women who choose to breastfeed in public. It’s important to remember that breastfeeding is a natural and necessary act and that women should not be made to feel ashamed or embarrassed for doing it.
A Lack of Understanding
Another reason why people may be uncomfortable with breastfeeding in public is simply due to a lack of understanding. Many people may not have been exposed to breastfeeding or may not understand its importance.
Education and exposure can help to normalize breastfeeding and increase understanding and acceptance.
It’s clear that more needs to be done to support breastfeeding mothers and normalize breastfeeding in public. Education and awareness campaigns can help to combat the stigma around breastfeeding, while laws and policies can protect breastfeeding mothers from discrimination and harassment.
It’s important for society to understand that breastfeeding is a natural act that is crucial for the health and well-being of both the baby and the mother. Plus, the longer a mother can continue breastfeeding, the better- with the World Health Organization recommending at least two years.
Breastfeeding should be celebrated and supported rather than stigmatized or shamed.
Supporting Nursing Moms
The recent incident shared by a mom on Reddit highlights the ongoing issue of breastfeeding shaming and harassment. It’s important to combat this harassment and increase understanding and awareness of the importance of breastfeeding. By working together to normalize breastfeeding in public, we can create a more supportive and inclusive society for mothers and babies.
Moms, what would you have done in this mom’s situation? How can you help support a nursing mom in your life?