Breasts: Sex Objects Vs Baby Food23:57 - Friday 21 March 2014 - In Category Lifestyle
Many of us are used to seeing women with their ‘baps out’, whether they be in page three of the Sun; any episode of Game of Thrones; or bikini-clad on the beach, writes Rena Dipti Annobil.
But when it comes to using those assets to feed a baby in public, it’s a whole different story. A mother from Staffordshire recently launched a protest after being called a ‘tramp’ on Facebook for breastfeeding her baby on the street.
Emily Slough, 27, discovered a picture of herself feeding her eight-month-old daughter had been secretly snapped and anonymously posted online with the offensive caption earlier this month. She responded by launching a campaign that’s received over 8,000 likes on Facebook, and prompted thousands of people to attend breastfeeding protests across the UK to support her.
What shocked me was not the photo of Emily posted on Facebook, but the comments posted on the BBC news story page (read them here). Remarks such as, ‘we all crap too, but not in public!’ really don’t help anyone.
It seems to me that Western culture has more of a problem with breastfeeding than the East. I think some people need reminding that breasts are not just decorative, sexual objects we parade around to attract men.
On my many trips to India I’ve seen women breastfeed their babies anywhere and everywhere and no one bats an eyelid. Ok, so the sari is really an ingenious garment when it comes to covering a feeding baby, but it’s still thought of as ‘normal’.
I’m a mum of two small children and breastfed my eldest for three months and my youngest for two months. It wasn’t long enough. Breastfeeding didn’t really go smoothly for me so bottle-feeding took over. I wish I had breastfed my kids for long enough to be comfortable doing it in public. I mean even the Pope backs it!
If you can do it, breastfeeding is one of the best starts you can give your child in life. It’s completely natural, nutritious, free, and let’s not forget this is what breasts were actually made for.