Normalizing Nursing in Public League (the NNIPL) on Facebook, and was thrilled. I clicked "Like" and added the comment: "I am so happy to have found this group! Every mother has a right to feed her baby when it's hungry." And I've received positive feedback for that simple statement.
Micki has breastfed all our children, until they weaned themselves. This helps children grow up with a sense of security and well-being. We have one picture of her nursing two of our children at once (isn't this why there are two breasts?). But of course she's been told by some that they're offended by breastfeeding and to do it in private. Not wanting to offend, Micki gave in. She was hurt and I was angry, but we respected their wishes. The next day, elsewhere, she'd nurse openly again. I grew to respect the nursing mother, to consider it one of the most beautiful aspects of nature, and to appreciate the economy of it.
|"For we were nursed upon the|
self-same hill." - John Milton
|The driver who said, "That's nice."|
In the nudist camp, nudity of course is normal. And anyone in the camp who is disgusted by nudity would of course be considered perverse. Perverse is the opposite of normal. Why is that? It's simply that what's accepted in a society is acceptable. I would have a conversation with people in the (clothing optional) camp, and later that day, thinking back, I honestly wouldn't remember if they were nude or not. Nudity was normal; no big deal. There's nothing sexual about it; it was simply natural and acceptable.
Indians of the Hidden Xingu. At seventeen, a preacher's kid, I was fascinated by a society in which nudity was normal and natural, and it was later that year when I found and sneaked into a nudist camp and passed myself off as a member for seven hours before leaving with an open-mind and new realization.
But I'm not pushing nudism here. I'm pushing only the acceptance of public breastfeeding. This is a given. No matter what you think of the human body and how obscene it is, although everybody has one, if a mother can't feel free to feed her baby without shame when it's hungry, there is certainly something wrong with our society. Have we come this far away from nature?
Target Nurse-In. On Wednesday, December 28, 2011, at 10 a.m., a crowd of nursing mothers came to feed their babies openly in the store. It's my understanding that by then the store had changed its unnatural policy, but the women staged their Nurse-In anyway, to assure the point. Good for them! We need to be strong about this, and follow what we believe is right, despite the guff. It has worked and is working for other civil rights movements, and it will work for this one. And hungry babies will thank us. At the risk of seeming hard-core, I'd savor the moment of seeing someone come tell a nursing mother to go do that in private, and have the mother say, "Breasts are soft, but noses break. Go sit down."
boycotted, for pushing its formula on third-world countries. The main problem is that formula must be mixed with water, and the water in many poor countries is polluted, and babies were dying. All the while, the mothers could have fed their babies healthy breastmilk, but they were convinced that artificial formula was the impoved, civilized way to go.
Our son, who works at McDonald's, told me the other day that the restaurant has made a special, screened-in area for breastfeeding mothers to feed their babies. It was spurred into being by an incident there in which a pervert was staring at a nursing mother enough to annoy her. My son was pleased that the mothers now have a place to escape this kind of behavior, but I threw out the statement, "Stop perverts, not mothers." Our other son, listening in, who is more congenial than I, corrected me, saying, "Stop perversion, not people."
The Normalizing Nursing in Public League has a website where you can buy clothing and all sorts of things with its logo on it, and also shirts with various sayings on them. I'm going to order the men's T-shirt sporting the logo along with the words: "If breastfeeding offends you, feel free to put a blanket over YOUR head."
I wasn't breastfed as a baby. I grew up in the era of Dr. Spock and bottles of formula. I sure wish I had been breastfed, for both health and well-being, but I'm not so envious as to want to deny this privilege to other children, or have their mothers be ashamed of it. Godspeed, natural mothers! Good job!
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