Caution: I'm going to get on my soapbox for a minute, K?
While I’m sure that I’m not the first to ask this (nor will I be the last)…why are working boobs so scary for everyone except breastfeeding moms?
When I say working boobs, I mean boobs like mine: lactating, nursing, breastfeeding…whatever you want to designate as their job. It seems a shock to some that women use their breasts as nature intended.
In fact, a study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that mothers who breastfeed are viewed as less competent than otherwise identical females. Excuse me?
Even more frustrating?
This trend was found in three separate studies. THREE! That’s ridiculous. In addition, the breastfeeding women in the study were deemed to be bad at math, and a less desirable candidate for a job. This ASTOUNDS me, because in the majority of countries, breastfeeding is the NORM, NOT the exception.
It should come as no surprise then that according to Miller-McCune, only one-third of American mothers are exclusively breastfeeding at three months, and only 43 percent of those are still breastfeeding at all at six months.
I just don’t get it.
Breastfeeding is the BEST way to nourish your baby. Yes, formula has come a long way, but it cannot replicate the benefits of breastmilk. In a recent Oxford study researchers found that breastfed children perform better in school.
For me, that’s enough of a reason to breastfeed. Couple that with lower instances of illness, and lower start-up costs (and those mentioned are arguable…not every mom needs to pump), and it’s a no-brainer.
So what can breastfeeding mamas to do change society’s perception of us? Be open, unashamed, and public. I don’t hide at home when I feed my son-if we’re at the park and he needs to eat, he eats. That’s not saying that I whip out my boob (I am discrete), but I’m not going to stick my hungry child in the car, drive home while he cries all for the comfort of those around me.
I’ll feed Smalls. Go ahead and make your comments when you see me-who’s less competent now?
Wow those stats are really sad. I just don’t get it. I love the stylish nursing covers like “hooter hiders”. Great post,
I know. 🙁 I absolutely LOVE my ‘udder cover’ 🙂
I never had a nursing cover…my youngest was born way back in….2006. 🙂 But you could never see my goods when I fed my babies, I guess I just covered well. ? But I never really hid. It’s sad that people talk bad about it all or make a nursing mom feel bad for doing it. I know that it makes some people uncomfortable, especially men, but they can keep it to themselves. It makes me uncomfortable when men scratch and fart in public but you don’t see me with picket signs. 🙂
I use my nursing cover about 50% of the time…if the situation seems to dictate that I should wear it, then I do. Weird, I know.
And if you ever want to picket, let me know! That is just GROSS! LOL
Great post..I never really nursed in public…I would go to my car if I had to and used a receiving blanket to cover, but I would still have people staring at me as though how dare I.But I didn’t pay them no mind..I loved nursing!
I get those looks, too. I figure that they just haven’t ever seen anyone nursing before!