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Sunday, March 11, 2007How many stereotypical anti-breastfeeding statements can you fit in one editorial?
Thomas Beach seems to have managed to include every last one in a piece titled "Nursing mothers don't appeal to everyone" that's been published at Delaware Online.
A few gems...
What used to be acceptable only in Papua, New Guinea or Botswana has now been adopted as the norm by a certain segment of our community.
Yep, cause as you know, breastfeeding is only for those "dirty natives" that you see in National Geographic.
I have heard of a number of cases where women who were nursing insisted on using breast pumps at work and storing the milk in refrigerators provided for employees to keep their lunches.
People don't want their food stored next to your body fluids. In my mind this is no different than storing urine or fecal samples to be taken to a medical lab.
Do you think he's related to Patricia Elam?
My personal favorite started with the following...
Once had a stranger seated next to me on an airplane ask me to help her breast-feed her child.
Wait...what now? HELP breastfeed her child? How does a stranger on a plane help someone breastfeed and what type of mother asks for such a thing? Unless of course Mr . Beach, in his infinite wisdom thought that "excuse me, would you mind if I use the arm rest?" really meant "could you please take hold of my nipple and place it into my baby's mouth?"
The rest of that incident revolves around Mr. Beach recoiling in horror, pitching some fits, threatening legal action and settling down only when the mother headed off to the airplane BATHROOM to nurse.
All is not lost though, at the end of the editorial, Mr. Coach finally comes to his senses...
It's long past time for the silent majority who object to such things to stop being silent. We should insist that everyone observe minimal behavioral norms in public environments.
Ahh...finally...he recognizes and agrees that EVERYONE should observe minimal behavioral norms...you know, like "minding your own business?"
You can share your thoughts in the comment sections at the paper's web site, there are already some nice ones there.