Sunday, January 27, 2013

Our right.

I don't often engage in conflict, it isn't my nature.  I expect respect for myself from others and in return I respect other peoples life choices.

This week in Australia you would have been under a rock to have missed the news that then became public fodder for debate.  As I see it, there is no debate, I know no breastfeeding mother that shows her breasts for the thrill of public nakedness.  We are all feeding our children, to the best of our ability, when they want it, how they want it, discreetly as possible.

I breastfed Hugo whilst in public this week and for the first time instead of smiling positively at people who looked in our direction I wondered what they thought of us, it was disheartening that my first instinct was not a positive reaction, that they might be offended of my son's right to milk, of my legal right to supply that to him no matter the situation.

Whether we are keeping it "classy" or not is of no ones business, in a high traffic area or not, it is also no ones business.  I understand that 'Kochie' was making his own opinions known as he is entitled, however the long reaching effect of that is being felt by breast feeding mothers everywhere who are trying their best in all sorts of circumstances to offer the best for their children.

In simple terms, these are my breasts, with milk for my children, they are not of your concern.

Hugo and I taken with my iphone.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I know this is an old post, but I felt compelled to comment. I did miss this in the news, but not because I live under a rock (I don't watch TV.) My goodness, what is this world coming to! I breastfed all four of mine - in public - and luckily I was not subjected to this kind of treatment. I don't see why mothers should hide in toilets, change rooms or have to cover their babies heads to feed them. How sad that it is becoming more the norm. Beautiful photo btw. xx