No breastfeeding on airplanes!
In the news: Woman kicked off plane for breast-feeding – Travel News – MSNBC.com. A similar situation happened in my backyard last year. A mother from my gym was breastfeeding her baby at the lake and got a ticket for indecent exposure! When I was nursing my baby I ran into a few people that were uncomfortable with it in public – mostly people I knew – but I never was asked to leave or stop.
Why do people have such a problem with women breast-feeding in public? Is a woman’s breast that offensive or is the sight of a baby eating offensive? Or is it the fact that a baby sucking on a breast brings up sexual imagery in their minds and that makes them uncomfortable? I think it’s the latter and that happens because our society has made breasts (and the bigger the better) into pure sex symbols. We’ve forgotten what they are really there for – feeding babies!
Can they be both? Sex symbols and for feeding babies? Or does the one taint the other?