Monday, December 13, 2010
breasts, part 2
i read a great article on mothering.com today about unashamed breastfeeding. the author brought up the fact that all the articles on how to nurse "discreetly" add to the idea that breastfeeding is somehow shameful and needs to be hidden. i hadn't thought about that, but it makes sense...the more of those articles i read the more concerned i was about covering every millimeter of skin, the more inclined i was to just pump a bottle instead. now that i'm not worrying about "modesty", it's much easier to feed my baby...which is the point, after all. i'm not flashy about it, and i rarely show skin, but i don't hide under a stuffy blanket either. i still choose to nurse in a fitting room or in my car sometimes if there isn't a quiet and/or comfortable enough place to sit elsewhere, but it's no longer motivated by embarrassment or the thought that public nursing would be doing something wrong. in fact, now it's a little embarrassing when i nurse in the car...it feels silly and awkward to hide something so natural and good. anyways, the article was far more eloquent than me. you can read it here if you like.