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Micky and Jennifer Weigh In

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

If you've been living under a rock, you may have missed my posting of Morgan Gallagher's article on breastfeeding in public and the resulting firestorm. If you have, you can catch up here and here.

If you haven't, then I thought I'd post a quick update to point you to the blog responses on the issue from Micky at Mocha Milk and Jennifer at Black Breastfeeding Blog.

I said I'd like to have perspective on the issue from the black breastfeeding community and they've provided it. Excellent reads all around.


  1. Blogger Sue | 5:52 PM |  

    I am LOVING your site and the links. I did not know that I was harboring some hidden shame about my breastfeeding - which I strive to avoid doing in public. Now I know and my wheels are spinning about whether I can let it all hang out in public. And I must admit I have been living under a rock - I had heard nothing about any of this!

  2. Blogger Mother Laura | 10:54 AM |  

    Go Sue!

    It's pretty easy to breasteed discreetly in public, actually, even without a blanket on the baby's head (which I did with #1, skipped with 2 and 3)--esp. if you practice in front of a mirror and get some good nursing clothes from Motherwear. And pull even button shirts up instead of unbuttoning, etc. I have nursed in church, restaurants, my doctoral advisers' office, etc. and once been told "it looks like you're nursing through a button on your blouse" (by a very pro-breastfeeding aunt, who once responded to her brother-in-law's harassment with "the baby and I are fine, actually, but here--you can put the blanket over your head if you're uncomfortable!")

    Visible breasts while nursing are every woman's right, of course, but I feel more comfortable and also feel like I am helping public acceptance of breastfeeding in a hostile culture by not displaying them.

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