With all of the criminals that exist in the world today, you would think that mother’s who breastfeed would definitely not be one of them. Unfortunately, people are still offended by mothers who dare feed their babies from their breast in public.
Although the mothers cover up their breasts while feeding their baby, some people still complain that the sight is just too much for them to witness and that women should go into the bathroom for feedings. To show just how prevalent this problem is, one mother recently felt the pain of being shamed for breastfeeding her baby in public when someone called the police on her.
The woman was not arrested because she was not breaking any laws. As it turns out, breastfeeding publicly is legal in all 50 states. So, why are people still bothered by mothers who feed their babies the natural, and most healthy, way?
When we think of those who are mortified by mothers who publicly feed their children, we have to consider a few things. First, are people disgusted by this practice because of their own discomfort? According to a few experts, this is exactly the case. Some people are simply uncomfortable seeing a woman allowing a child to drink from her breast. This is especially the case if the child is older than one year.
A recent study was conducted by the makers of Aeroflow Breast Pumps who surveyed 1,000 households to find out the public’s opinion about breastfeeding and pumping. In this study, it was discovered that over 61% of the people questioned were still highly uncomfortable with seeing a mother breastfeeding her child in public. According to the survey, people felt that although the practice of breastfeeding was healthy for a baby, they still did not feel that a woman should feed her baby around others.
“The practice of breastfeeding is something that is private,” stated one anonymous participant. “It’s not something that should be done around a bunch of people who are eating or drinking. Some people just don’t care to see that,” they continued.
Another factor that contributes to the reason some people are still uncomfortable around mothers who publicly breastfeed is that they feel the activity itself should be done in a more appropriate space.
The study showed that over 46% of men and 24% of women felt that the mother’s breastfeeding their babies should be provided a special location where the mother can do so privately. Some have even referred to the special rooms as ‘lactation rooms’ and state that mothers should have a private place allocated to them for special occasions such as breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is a natural process for mothers, and it is the healthiest alternative for a baby. Although most people agree that breastfeeding is a wonderful thing, they still find it uncomfortable to witness when in a public space. Currently, many companies and public facilities are including family bathrooms that allow space for mothers to breastfeed their babies.
Unfortunately, more accommodations will be needed to ensure mothers can feed their babies without either offending others or having the police called on them for doing so.