Breastfeeding in Public is Beautiful

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 09:32
Submitted by Anonymous

Carlin recently posted about breastfeeding in public not being a big deal. Some of her Facebook friends got pretty worked up and it sparked quite the conversation. So I thought I’d post some beautiful pics of Maggie Gyllenhaal nursing in public and say a little something more.

I love everything about these. I love that she nursed publicly and obviously. I love that the paparazzi took pictures. I love that she and her baby look so comfortable and that you see joy in her face. You can see the intimacy she and her baby are sharing. You can see pleasure and play.

Breastfeeding is amazing far beyond the nutritional values of breastmilk (which in and of itself is infinitely nuanced, complex, and nourishing). There are hormonal benefits from the body contact mom and baby share, and from the nipple stimulation. Watching mom and baby while breastfeeding often means watching them both stroke each other gently and affectionately.

In addition to this, the way a baby’s mouth, tongue, jaw and cranium move during breastfeeding provides an internal massage of the cranium and helps to shape the palate while cultivating a strong and relaxed jaw that can function dynamically. And while we always hear about how wonderful breastmilk is for the immune system, one part of that that is usually left out is the part that has to do with the important bacterial exchange between baby’s mouth and mom’s nipple.

I don’t see any reason we can’t regard breastfeeding as sensual, sexy, beautiful, intimate, playful, nourishing, relaxing, fun and appropriate. And that goes for breastfeeding in public too. I don’t know what’s wrong with thinking breastfeeding is beautiful and sexy.

I’m glad breastfeeding is en vogue right now. I hope that it being en vogue leads to more support for mothers wanting to breastfeed. I hope those that those who criticize breastfeeding in public re-evaluate their judgments or at least keep their mouths shut. And that those who criticize women for breastfeeding “too long” learn more about all the benefits, recommendations (by the American Academy of pediatrics, World Health Organization and more) and international average age for weaning.

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I just fell more inlove

Fri, 02/10/2012 - 21:10
Liandra Dahl (not verified)

I just fell more inlove with Maggie Gyllenhaal

Love This!

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 15:05
Jaimie (not verified)

     I'm so happy that this article was written! When I was a child my mother instilled how important it is to breastfeed and to this very day I still am a huge advocate of it. Though I have no children of my own yet, I encourage my friends that have babies to breastfeed. Its such a selfless act and so natural and beautiful. I cant stand that there's a taboo about breastfeeding, and how women who do breastfeed are made to feel bad and inappropriate for doing it, especially in public. Women shouldn't have to feel that they need to leave the room when they do it, or cover themselves up because its consider "indecent" to breastfeed without a blanket. What saddens me more that you see less women in northern parts of America breastfeeding than you would down south. My mother who has had four children and breastfed us all til we winged ourselves off, finds that since she moved to Texas to be a RN in the NICU she has seen how its almost unheard of to not breastfeed your baby. The hospital down south greatly encourage new mothers to, and even teach them and give them the support they need to do it. When my niece was born almost 9 months ago, my sister-in-law was basically laughed at by the nurses and threatened that if she didn't quickly learn how to breastfeed her baby they would just give her formula. I couldn't believe how insensitive they were and how unwilling they were to help her! So I, never having children before helped her and encouraged her. I wish society wasn't so judgemental on the subject. Breastfeeding is a BEAUTIFUL thing, and I cannot wait until I have a baby and experience breastfeeding for myself!

Breastfeeding in public

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 08:05
Natalie3473 (not verified)

Absolutely loved this article! Breastfeeding is not only a beautiful thing, but also very good for the baby, and it's so important for nursing mothers to be able to breastfeed in public comfortably:

Tits in public

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 00:55
Old Lady

Fine with me that women want to breastfeed in public.  I love seeing them pull out their breasts in public places and putting the nipple into their child's mouth. I wanna look at your tits, girls, and while some women are discreet, a lot of women like showing off their titties in public. You can tell which are which, because the women who are merely feeding pick up the edge of their shirt, scoot their bra up and latch on the baby with almost no exposure. The titty exhibs pull the shirt way up or open it down the front, pull the bra all the way up so their curved breast and full nipple--usually hard--is exposed. They are slow about putting the baby on, and rarely use a cover. The exhibs look around to see who is looking at them. When they take the baby off, they let the tit hang, enormous swollen nipple exposed again while then do some bogus baby juggling, putting the baby to their opposite shoulder or handing it to the father to burp.  I've watched their nipple pucker and stiffen as it hangs in the air, because they know we are looking. Finally, they put it away, a little satisfied grin on their faces. 

I always want to go over and whisper, "Can we see your cunt, too?".