thoughts from New England

It’s the breast thing for your child August 4, 2006

Filed under: baby,breastfeeding,mommies,wack — tim @ 10:27 am

We got this magazine this month and knew it would spark some controversy: BabyTalk magazine

…but some people are grossed out.

“Gross, I am sick of seeing a baby attached to a boob,” wrote Lauren, a mother of a 4-month-old.

Dear Lauren,

I really want to shake you violently, but I can’t decide if it’s because of your stupidity or lack of understanding of basic human survival skills. I understand if women were just whipping boobs out, flashing them in public like some sort of salad-bar striptease, but look at this cover. Do you see a nipple? No. Do you see anything? No. You need to learn what your boobs are for and use them, because obviously you have some self-shame issues. Thanks.

All the breast,


PS You’re such a boob.

What’s the big deal? Is America that pent up and Puritanical where a beautiful image of a mother feeding her offspring that offensive? I hardly think that a natural act such as the nourishment of a child should be so shameful in this society. Only in America!

And to those who see this and think that the breast is a sexual thing, I’m talking to you, Gayle Ash, of Belton, Texas. If you someday google your name and this article pops up, hello!

One mother who didn’t like the cover explains she was concerned about her 13-year-old son seeing it.

“I shredded it,” said Gayle Ash, of Belton, Texas, in a telephone interview. “A breast is a breast — it’s a sexual thing. He didn’t need to see that.”

Let me assure you that your 13-year-old son has seen plenty of breasts — but only in that sexual way. If he had been exposed (pun intended) to what breasts are really for (NOURISHMENT), then maybe he wouldn’t have been shocked. Your sheltering of his view on breasts is highly ostrich-like. I can guarantee that he’s seen thousands of boobs by now (ask him) and of course he’s going to see it as sexual, because you’re eliminating all other viewpoints.

What a sad society we live in where a natural act makes women feel ashamed. The term lactivist always makes me chuckle, because it’s sad that we have to have such a thing. But more power to mommies who have milk-ins in public! What are you going to do, kick out 30 nursing mothers? And shame on those who would make a woman feel ashamed for doing this or telling them to just “go do it in the bathroom.” Do you eat in the bathroom? Come on, let’s go, I’ll bring my baby and you bring your humble pie and we’ll go eat in the bathroom. If more malls had better nurseries, this wouldn’t be as big of an issue. But that’s another post.

The original article in Baby Talk can be found here.


2 Responses to “It’s the breast thing for your child”

  1. Anna Says:

    Your blog is awesome, and I couldn’t have said it better. Being pregnant for the first time, I am looking forward to BF’ing my baby; and for the first time I am sitting up and paying attention to what society is saying about breasts and breastfeeding. They are so WROng!! Breasts were made for babies, no question about it. It’s time they got their perved minds out of the gutter, and let nature take it’s course. So thanks again for pointing out the obvious (to me, anyway) and you hit the nail right on the head. cheers!

  2. YDS Says:

    It’s funny, you and I had the same reaction to this story, right down to the violent shaking.


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