When I read about the issues some have with breastfeeding it makes me wish that I had breastfed more in public when I was breastfeeding. And not behind a hooter hider (as Natali refers to them).
Facebook got a lot of flack earlier this month when they deleted the Facebook page of The Leaky B@@b, a breast-feeding support group. The founder received a note from Facebook essentially saying the content was obscene. Ridiculous! The founder of the page and many supporters spoke up and Facebook finally said they made an error in taking the page down. Good news is that it's back up. Hopefully Facebook starts to handle these situations better in the future.
Care2 wrote about a petition to bring breastfeeding back to Sesame Street. They've already received 20,000 signatures. According to the blog, "In the 1970s and 1980s, Sesame Street used to show both breastfeeding and bottle feeding in their stories about babies. Since the 1990s, however, they have removed all images of breastfeeding while continuing to include bottle-fed babies in their storylines."
Sesame Street says that they don't have an anti-breast-feeding agenda and they would include it again if it were a natural part of the storyline. Interesting if you ask me. In the past 20 years the show producers haven't thought it was "natural" to show breastfeeding? Care2 makes a really great point here:
Breastfeeding, like healthy eating, is a public health issue and it makes sense to include it in the storyline. Sesame Street could have said that there is no place for vegetables in the Cookie Monster storyline, but it didn’t. Sesame Street recognized the need to promote healthy eating and normalize fruits and vegetables as foods that kids (and monsters!) like. So they adapted the Cookie Monster storyline and added the motto “cookies are a sometimes food”. In the same way that they adapted the Cookie Monster storyline, there is also a need to promote and normalize breastfeeding, and as an organization that supports public health, Sesame Street should make it a priority to include breastfeeding on the show.
When I first started breastfeeding I was super shy about it and mainly did it at home or other private places. I remember the first public space I breastfed was at a MommyBeta get together at a restaurant. I asked the girls if they felt comfortable breastfeeding in public and Natali responded something like, “Yea, I’ve breastfed at every Starbucks in Manhattan!” So I did it and from then on, if my baby was hungry, I had breastfed her. No one should feel embarrassed or shy about feeding their child. It’s natural and part of life. I'm looking forward to breastfeeding baby No. 2 when ever that happens!