Breastfeeding is proven as the ideal method for feeding babies. Nationwide, 76% of new moms choose to breastfeed and forgo formula feeding, but by three months post-partum that percentage has dropped drastically (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity 4). While breastfeeding is proven to reduce the risk of diarrhea, pneumonia, obesity, type-II diabetes, and improve results on intelligence tests (World Health Organization) many new moms abandon their goals of feeding babies for the recommended 2 years (World Health Organization) because of the discrimination received while nursing in public. Being viewed as a life choice, not a health choice, the general public ostracizes and alienates these women, arguing that modesty is more important than a baby’s right to eat. …show more content…
1), an unbelievable 40% say their biggest fear pertaining to breastfeeding is nursing in public (Lansinoh Laboratories Inc.). Pleading that nursing a baby is natural, multitudes of comments counter that argument, saying defecation, urination, and even sexual intercourse are natural as well, but they aren’t doing it in public. These types of comments are disadvantageous to breastfeeding success rates and are regulating women to restrooms, changing rooms, hot vehicles, and even homes, in response to having to feed their child. Dismantling arguments for modesty, a blanket term tossed around to validate all forms of intolerance, typically stemming from allegedly religious followers, to reclaiming breasts being seen only as sexual objects, and educating society on the benefits of breastfeeding and how it helps our country are the only way we can begin to provide all nursing mothers a chance to meet their breastfeeding
Some people don't particularly like seeing a woman breastfeed. It makes them feel "uncomfortable". Woman are asked to leave the room or to stop breastfeeding by those who feel uncomfortable. Breasts are viewed as sexual items rather than a natural way of providing nutrients and comfort for a child. Some people are against public breastfeeding because they don't want to explain what is going on to their child. Woman are often told that their child is to old to be breastfed. It is no ones business but the mothers how...
The cover of TIME magazine uses pathos to invoke acceptance as a child stands clinging on to his mother’s breast, along with the words, “Are you mom enough?” This assertion can empower some women to do the accepted thing; yet, offend other women, who don’t agree, at the same time. A mother’s primary role is to nurture and guide the growth of her family. The woman, in particular, displays this role in which, “her charge [is] to oversee her child’s physical, intellectual, and spiritual development” (Plant 2010). However, there are many ways to manage a child’s well-being, aside from breastfeeding up to the age of six. Therefore, the cover can imply that mothers. who don’t practice attachment parenting, are not woman enough. Moreover, it doesn’t necessarily make a mother a bad parent if she doesn’t attend to her child’s every cry, sleep beside him at night, or breastfeed him throughout his entire adolescence. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life. Afterwards, their studies suggest that the child “should receive complementary foods that are nutritionally adequate (providing sufficient calories, protein as well as micronutrients needed for proper growth) and safe while continuing to breastfeed for up to 2 years or more” (Children’s Health). Based on their study, there is a positive correlation between weaning a child completely off of his mom by two and his level of independence into toddlerhood.
Breastfeeding is a wonderful gift that has been given to women. It allows mothers to feed their babies whenever they need to be fed and is very beneficial for both mother and child. So why are many people opposed to mothers nursing in public? Many people argue that breastfeeding is indecent and inappropriate in public places, even if the mother covers herself. Others will claim that it makes them uncomfortable and creates awkward social interactions. However, breastfeeding is perfectly natural. A woman should be able to nurse her child whenever she pleases and not feel ashamed for it.
Kate Miller-Watson wrote an article that is abundant in material and reasons for, why not to breastfeed in public but also sympathizes with the rights of breastfeeding mothers and offers tips on how to prevent conflict while doing so. Miller-Wattson sources "Debat.com" where there has been a poll done where thirty-four percent of people voted that nursing in public is inappropriate. From this poll she collectively made a list of five arguments on the topic of breastfeeding in public-indecent, dangerous, awkward social interactions, intimate act that has no place in public and public nursing may not be
There is the common argument that women are over exposing themselves when breastfeeding in public. Exposed breasts are everywhere in movies, magazines and on television. Putting a baby to the breast to nourish them everything about the breast becomes offensive and those mothers are made to feel embarrassed. The fact is that a new mother has gone through so many changes that there is nothing sexual about the act of breastfeeding. There is a good possibility that breastfeeding is one of the most challenging things she has done. It is frustrating that at this day in age society has tried to prevent something that is healthy and natural. Breastfeeding is an amazing bond between a mother and her baby and the nutritional benefits are essential to an infant’s growth. Some people will argue that breastfeeding in public is not appropriate and should only be done behind closed doors. Then there are others that will argue that a breastfeeding mother should be able to breastfeed where ever her child needs to eat. Since everyone is allowed to have their own opinion, we can no longer ignore the breastfeeding controversy surrounding the feeding of a baby. Society needs to support and respect a woman that chooses to breastfeed her baby in public.
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According to the New York Times, “Breast milk may provide the ideal nourishment for an infant, but two recent studies are putting a different spin on the bottle-versus-breast debate, suggesting it is mothers, and not just babies, who may have much to gain from breastfeeding”. So even though it is proven that breastfeeding is helpful for the baby and mother, why does our society make breast feeding taboo. Due to sexualizing women, it becomes natural for people to sexualize a women’s chest, even if she is doing something un-sexual. In the vast majority of the states, there is not law stating a woman cannot breastfeed in public; however, people still feel that their opinion is more important than the law. According to the Huffington Post a Karina Gomez was breast feeding in public and was asked to nurse her child in a public bathroom, “I was denied my right to breastfeed where I wanted to by a Marshalls employee. I was denied to breastfeed in a dressing room, instead I was directed to a bathroom stall to breastfeed…what a way to treat breastfeeding customers, shaming them for breastfeeding, making them feel embarrassed that you need to feed your child,” Gomez continues. “I am angry, upset, but more so humiliated. My rights have been violated.” People seem to forgo the law and harass women who decided to nurse their child publically. And their argument may be that it’s obscene and don’t want to see a women chest is a double standard. If they walk into any public area or open a magazine, a woman’s chest is used for advisement most of the time, usually front and centered. Breastfeeding in public is legal, and completely okay and it is a women’s right to decide if she wants or needs to nurse in public. That is what the Free the Nipple movement is also fighting
In America, breastfeeding has become a polarized issue; on one side people oppose this being done in public, and on the other side some argue that it is a natural part of life. Breastfeeding in America has become a big issue for a lot of people like my husband Chris. He believes that women should not be permitted to breastfeed in public. On the contrary, our mutual friend Talia believes it to an acceptable, and natural behavior to breastfeed while in public.
there are also women who display their breast as well, but for a different purpose. These women are mothers with new born babies. Instead of being adored and idolized by people, they are constantly being told that they are disgusting. Some people even approach these mothers and advise them that they are being culturally inappropriate. These new mothers are embarrassed and even uncomfortable to breast feed in public due to the negative views society has on breast feeding. The question is why is it not considered culturally appropriate to breast feed a baby in public, but wearing provocative clothing, or no clothing at all is deemed appropriate in the public’s eye? Therefore, I shall argue that breast feeding should be culturally accepted in public, because it is healthier than baby formula, more convenient for a twenty first century mother, and is a natural process of feeding a child and should not be considered sexually explicit due to the fact that women’s body parts are displayed continuously throughout mainstream
Similarly to the previous article, the authors found a men 's opinion toward breastfeeding hosted a significant association between a mother 's choice to breast, or bottle feed her infant. Like mothers, a strong correlation between social conditions, including ethnicity, country of origin, education, and socioeconomic status, was found to have a sizeable impact on the father 's opinion of feeding method. This study, like many others, confirmed that breastfeeding ideals are often formed long before conception. Increasing the focus of breastfeeding to men and women alike through the use of the media, high school curriculums, and programs such as WIC could help make breastfeeding acceptance more widely spread across multi cultures, and also promote it as a socially acceptable
Women need to stop being scolded and frowned upon for using their bodies in a way they are meant to be used. Breast feeding is a good example of this. Many people frown upon breast feeding, mainly in public. They say that such a sight makes them uncomfortable. However, what about breast feeding makes people uncomfortable? It cannot solely be the sight of a woman’s breast, because often times, people are still uncomfortable when it is covered, simply because they know that it is under there. Perhaps the reason for the uncomfortableness that is experienced when seen that a woman is breast feeding in public is caused by the connection often made between women’s breasts and sexual acts. However, women have breasts for the sole purpose of feeding their child, and the objectification of women’s breasts as “toys” has created this uncomfortableness when women use their breasts for their original and proper purpose.
At some point in time, all new mothers come into a situation where they must feed their child in public. And while breastfeeding is the simple and natural act of a mother feeding her young child, some people are very much against it. According to the on-line article by, Kate Miller-Wilson for lovetoknow.com, entitled, Why Are Some People Against Breastfeeding in Public, approximately 34% of debate.com’s polled audience is against breastfeeding in public because they feel it’s an inappropriate or indecent act that should not happen in public places. They go on to say that just because nursing is a “natural” act, doesn’t mean that it’s appropriate in all types of situations. Polltakers stated that, “the act of exposing a breast, even in the context of breastfeeding, may be asking for harassment and perhaps even assault.” The same pollers also said that public breastfeeding could cause awkward and possibly intimidating environments as some people are not comfortable with the naked
Throughout the twentieth century there were conflicting views on ‘what made a good mother’. At the forefront of this debate was breast feeding. In 1908 a New Zealand doctor stated that ‘any women who could nurse her child, and would not, took the risk of being morally guilty of homicide by omission’ emphasising that society expected a mother to breast feed, and if they did not they risked being labelled an ‘unfit’ mother. The extent that women were expected to fulfil this duty can be shown through Dr. B D R Wilson who diagnosed and treated what he called the ‘attached nipple’. He treated this defect, of which occurred in around 40% of women , through digital manipulation and if that did not work then he suggested the use of a glass nipple shell to be worn during pregnancy to stretch the nipple out, alongside massaging the breast and manually expressing milk from the thirty second week of pregnancy. This illustrates the pressure on the mother to be a ‘good mother’ through breast feeding. However, it also encouraged the medicalisation of motherhood as pregnancy and the intimacy of breast feeding was no longer a personal experience between mother and baby, but instead one that depended on external advice and