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Nursing No-No

Recently Facebook found themselves at the center of a breastfeeding controversy. Do you think they were justified or should they get the booby prize for their treatment of nursing moms?

I have a lot of friends on Facebook, and lately a lot of them have been furious at the latest privacy rulings. Facebook decided that photographs of mothers nursing their babies were obscene (some were even labeled sexually explicit) and removed them from the site. Some of the support groups for nursing mothers were banned and one woman had her account frozen 30 times.

In retaliation groups of mothers held “nurse ins” outside Facebook offices in California and some accounts and photographs have been reinstated.

It’s not just Facebook that nursing moms have been angry at lately, Target stores found themselves at the center of a similar protest after asking a customer to stop nursing her baby in one of their stores.

Why all the hoopla? Women are constantly told that breastfeeding is best for babies. After you deliver in hospital, nurses are trained to help new moms get their baby to latch on and nurse effectively. Those moms having difficulty may even get help from a lactation consultant. So you would think we would have public support for doing something not only healthy but natural. Right?

Why is it then that women feel compelled to hide when nursing in public? They either resort to using public bathrooms or draping a blanket over the baby so no-one catches a glimpse of bare flesh.

Sixteen years ago when I first moved to Connecticut, a woman was arrested for nursing her baby in car at the mall parking lot. After a public backlash, it is now illegal to harass a nursing mother in public. How sad that we have to make this a law and you can’t trust people to leave moms alone to do what comes naturally; feeding their child the way nature intended.

Dana Schmidt, RN, IBCLC February 25, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Let me ask you this? Have you ever noticed a woman publicly breastfeeding? I guess to say no. That doesn't mean it hasn't happened. It just means she hasn't flaunted it. AND they only ones that would see anyone breastfeeding are the friends of the person they shared it with. Someone walking through the street with their shirts off is for public display. They are quite different. One is feeding her child, quietly and I would guess discretely. The other is an exhibitioinist
Dr. Alfred C. Whitehead February 27, 2012 at 12:02 AM
@Lindsay Branscombe... you truly understand the article and the legitimate differences in the issues discussed..... welcome to the minority!
Dana Schmidt, RN, IBCLC March 15, 2012 at 08:49 PM
@Lindsay Branscombe - the nipple is covered - by the baby's mouth
Becki Pastor March 16, 2012 at 12:16 AM
When adults have to drink alcohol under something discreet then nursing Mothers can be asked to do the same. I nursed both my children wherever and whenever it was necessary. I was in the parking lot at Milford Mall nursing my daughter and I watched IN FEAR that I was next. I vowed never again to be bullied by ANYONE when it came to raising our children. Period. If someone is uncomfortable seeing s baby breastfeeding it's THEIR hang up....their problem ....not the baby's, not the Mother's.
Dana Schmidt, RN, IBCLC March 16, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Becki, the next time you see a nursing mother at the Milford Mall you can go up to them and say Good For You! I do it all the time!

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