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Breast Feeding In Public: Why Not?

Updated on July 13, 2016

Stop Sexualizing Breastfeeding

People don't sexualize breasts unless they have been taught to sexualize breasts. They were not created to be "sex organs" they are there to feed your children when they're hungry little infants. Children grow up and when they do they hear people talking about things like "Look at the tits on her" or "Damn, her rack is fine, I'd totally 'tap' that" and when they hear that including "you must be gay" if the teen doesn't really respond or says it's disrespectful to only look at bodily features.

That is a mother feeding her child and it shouldn't be seen as anything less or more. They don't breastfeed their child for attention, they do it because their baby is hungry and needs their basic, daily, every 3-5 hour nutrition. Now, some of you may be thinking that I'm posting this because I am a mother myself; which is entirely untrue. I have no children. I just firmly believe that breastfeeding is the healthiest nutrition for babies and that mothers should not be ridiculed for feeding their children in public. They cannot control when their baby cries for milk. Women have been doing this for a long time and for that long time it was viewed as natural and beautiful. All that being said, stop sexualizing breastfeeding and let mothers be mothers.

Why Breastfeeding is Important

  • Breastfeeding is incredibly healthy for a baby by helping to build immunity.
  • Breastfeeding also helps to regulate body temperature
  • Breastfeeding assists brain development.
  • Breastfeeding increases and speeds up the mother-baby bonding process by stimulating hormones associated with bonding and breastmilk supply.
  • Breastfeeding saves you money in the early stages of growth due to the fact that your milk is your baby's only source of nutrition, rather than buying it from a store.
  • Some women have even reported faster weight loss while breastfeeding. More liquids in your body equals out to slower weight loss. Breastfeeding has been known to help regulate that.

Your Thoughts Matter.

What are your thoughts on breastfeeding in public?

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I am hoping you all come back for more, I need your general thoughts.

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Regarding The Last Poll:

Yes, I understand that this was a very socially controversial topic, especially for a first Hub. However, I am very passionate about things I believe in, and let's be honest, Facebook just wasn't doing it for me. I needed an outlet for my social views and I hope you all welcome me. I will have other opinions, believe me. However, I am open for discussion with anyone who is willing to have an intellectual conversation about the topics at hand. I appreciate you taking the time to read this article and hope you come back for more!

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    • Victoria Hanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Hanna 

      2 years ago from Suffolk, United Kingdom

      Thank you for your comment! I too believe my mind and my body are beautiful. Though I am not so sure I would just walk around shirtless.. I don't really think we are ashamed of their bodies; I would just rather one person see it intimately. Put it in this perspective: If you walk around naked or shirtless, everyone sees you and there would be no intimacy at all. I only want the one I love and cherish to see my beauty, my scars, my imperfections,etc.

      I believe we should stop sexualizing breastfeeding. No part of that should a man be turned on about. A mother feeding her child. But, if every woman were to walk around shirtless, or even naked, for that matter, with the way society is today "if you dress like a slut, and you get raped, you provoked it". Now, I do not support that whatsoever. But there are people who do, including a majority of the justice systems. Regardless the word "no" should be enough to convict or to stop a rapist; but that just simply isn't the case.

      I do totally respect your opinion and your will for this to become a cultural norm, though!

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 

      2 years ago

      I am an authority on sex. There is nothing indecent about a woman's breast, or any other part of a womans body. What God has made is Holy, and a woman is the image of God. Christianity has perverted sexuality, and has made many feel ashamed of their bodies, and ashamed of their sexual desires.

      The purpose of clothing is to protect us from the elements, and from injury. But the Christian mainstream has perverted that purpose and proclaimed the human body to be indecent. Thus clothing has become mandatory, on threat of fine and imprisonment. Allowing mothers to breast-feed in public is only the first step that needs to be taken. The people need to rise up and reclaim their humanity. My mind is beautiful, and my body is beautiful, and I am greatly offended that perverts, claiming to be civilized men,still have the power to make my body against the law.

    • Victoria Hanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Hanna 

      2 years ago from Suffolk, United Kingdom

      Thank you!

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      Greg Schweizer 

      2 years ago from Corona, California.

      You are right with this hub though. People in this world are way too sensitive these days. And not just for this. That goes for everything including race, religion, name calling, etc. Good hub by the way.

    • Victoria Hanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Hanna 

      2 years ago from Suffolk, United Kingdom

      Okay, that could be true. But some people are just plain 'ole forgetful. Lord knows I've went to the store, got to the register, and realized I forgot my credit card. Of course that is different than this situation. I do respect your opinion and I do understand where you are coming from. Which is why I have explained a solution in the previous comment. I know we should have the decency to cover up. However, there are women who cover up while breastfeeding and still get shamed and yelled at. The solution I have proposed would prevent that in such cases.

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      Greg Schweizer 

      2 years ago from Corona, California.

      One thing, if you are pushing a baby in a stroller, what are the chances you don't have a diaper bag with a diaper or blanket?

    • Victoria Hanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Hanna 

      2 years ago from Suffolk, United Kingdom

      Of course I respect your opinion, Greg! No, I don't believe mothers should just flop out their breasts. However, if they were to forget a blanket or cover and they are pushing their baby in a stroller through the park and the baby starts crying because it is hungry, they should be able to sit down and breast feed since they will not stop crying until they are fed. I understand it may be unsettling to those around them.

      But in my opinion the baby and their well being comes first. If people are not willing to endure a mother feeding her baby, then we simply need enclosed shelters only for mothers with children to change diapers and breast feed in public places such as parks and attractions; equipped with seating and the fold down diaper changing stations. It is a very minimal cost so everyone can enjoy themselves and not be shamed for what is natural in life.

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      Greg Schweizer 

      2 years ago from Corona, California.

      I am 69 years old and I can remember when my step-mother was nursing my little half-sister sitting a café, she at least had the decency to put a baby blanket or diaper over her and the baby, even way back then. That is what they should do now. NOT just flop it out for everyone to see. Just my opinion. Greg.

    • Victoria Hanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Hanna 

      2 years ago from Suffolk, United Kingdom

      I hope it explains him to where she simply understand him, and she is able to form her own opinion rather than innovate everyone else's!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Excellent. I can't wait to read it.

    • Victoria Hanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Hanna 

      2 years ago from Suffolk, United Kingdom

      Yes, we should let mothers decide and mothers should not be told what to do when it comes to feeding their baby. This post was only about people criticizing public breastfeeding when it should have been the whole spectrum. People should not be chastised for their choice whether or not to breast feed!

      And thank you! I am working on creating a piece about Donald Trump that doesn't involve my own personal bias. It does get quite difficult. Opinions always slip their way into my pieces. However, I will make it to where I am simply expressing my opinion here and there, instead of forcing it down everyone's throat and into their minds.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      2 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have no qualms when it comes to breastfeeding babies as long as there is discretion. My issue is with those who demonize mothers who choose not to breastfeed for whatever reason. The decision is the mother's and it should be respected. Let mothers be mothers by all means. But let them decide how best to mother their own child.

      On another note, I'm looking forward to reading your political pieces. My oldest daughter asked me this morning what Donald Trump is all about. I'd like to be able to give her an answer that isn't tainted by my own personal bias.

    • Victoria Hanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Hanna 

      2 years ago from Suffolk, United Kingdom

      Hi, Kathleen! I totally agree with you! Of course it is not necessary to uncover in public but really a baby's head is normally big enough to cover most of the breast, right? I know nothing about the physicality of breastfeeding so please bare with me when I ask these questions!

      Thank you for the luck, I am so glad you enjoyed my hub!

      P.S. I will probably write about politics but really it's more than likely going to help people decide what they want, rather than what I want; such as explaining in full certain policies so others can understand it so please keep in tune! Thanks!

    • Kathleen Cochran profile image

      Kathleen Cochran 

      2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Congratulations on your first hub. And HubPages encourages us to write on topics we are passionate about. It's nice to read such a hub instead of hub after hub after hub on either religion or the election. (How many ways can the same thing be written anyway?)

      As a mother who nursed three children for more than a year each, I can't really identify with this problem. I feed my babies whenever necessary, wherever necessary, without a single complaint. Probably because I observed reasonable modesty. It's not necessary to uncover in public in any way that would earn an X rating for this maternal function. As in most things, problems occur when it is someone's intention to create problems.

      Good Luck.

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