This post was written for inclusion in the Carnival of Nursing in Public hosted by Dionna and Paige at the new NursingFreedom.org. All week, July 5-9, we will be featuring articles and posts about nursing in public ("NIP"). See the bottom of this post for more information.
this week we're celebrating the carnival of nursing in public- a blogging festival hoping to raise awareness about breastfeeding– wherever it may be. it's a topic near and dear to my heart. i've written time and time again about my own issues with public nursing. basically, it terrifies me. i do it, but man, the nerves.
some would say, "You're just feeding a baby. Who cares, right?" or, "Why do you need to raise awareness about this? It's no big deal." or, "Why do you get all stressed out about it?"
i hear more and more stories on the news every week: nursing women asked to leave, confronted and shamed. studies that reveal fewer women choose to nurse because like me, they're intimidated.
so, you might not understand why this is important, why i'm afraid. these are comments from twitter. just from this week. some that i read, not that i went searching for:
Breast feeding in public? Some say its ok cause it's natural..but so is eating pussy, but I dont see every1 doing that ; ) lol
it grosses a lot of people out. I would never wip my nipple out in public so some 12 yr old boy can fap to it later
so??? one is a baby sucking nasty smelling milk out of a broads nipple...the same nipple a man would suck on
breastfeeding in public is gross. Yes, it's natural, but so is cancer.
there are a thousand things i
it's easy to say this doesn't affect you. maybe you're not a nursing mom. maybe you don't have kids or don't ever plan to. maybe you're a guy. you can say that you've personally never encountered this problem so why bother taking a stand?
no matter what method we use to feed our children they deserve the right to be fed, as needed, in whatever respectful way we choose. not in a bathroom or under a blanket. bottle or breast it really doesn't matter– it's just babies eating.
this week i'll be working as part of the carnival to raise awareness through posts and tweets and other outreach efforts. there are some pretty bad attitudes about it floating around about breastfeeding, whether you want to acknowledge them or not. stand up for the rights of your children to be respected. stand up for the rights of your mothers and sisters and daughters bodies to be more than just sex objects. stand up for me. i nurse in public.
Welcome to the Carnival of Nursing in Public
Please join us all week, July 5-9, as we celebrate and support breastfeeding mothers. And visit NursingFreedom.org any time to connect with other breastfeeding supporters, learn more about your legal right to nurse in public, and read (and contribute!) articles about breastfeeding and N.I.P.
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This post is just one of many being featured as part of the Carnival of Nursing in Public. Please visit our other writers each day of the Carnival. Click on the links below to see each day’s posts - new articles will be posted on the following days:
July 5 - Making Breastfeeding the Norm: Creating a Culture of Breastfeeding in a Hyper-Sexualized World
July 6 – Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers: the New, the Experienced, and the Mothers of More Than One Nursing Child
July 7 – Creating a Supportive Network: Your Stories and Celebrations of N.I.P.
July 8 – Breastfeeding: International and Religious Perspectives
July 9 – Your Legal Right to Nurse in Public, and How to Respond to Anyone Who Questions It