At Organic Baby Food Shop we 100% stand behind breastfeeding in public! Ylva, our mom in chief (pictured below with baby Philippa) is a huge advocate for this, and even if some women are still not comfortable in breastfeeding in public here are some tips and tricks that might help you breastfeed in public more comfortably.
But let's have a look at recent history first. Did you know that breastfeeding was not legal in all 50 states until recently? Utah and Idaho were the last ones to jump on the legal public breastfeeding train, and it did not come without an outrage especially among male lawmakers.
While there are still many that judge a mother feeding their child in public, associating it with unnecessary sexualization, there were also many women and men supporting and fighting for this cause, making this highly discussed topic viral with serval hashtags on Social Media such as: #breastfeedinginpublic. And while we all know that breasts are actually made for feeding a baby, and even if it is now officially legal to do so in public in the US, women are still being glared at, approached and even having the police called on them.
Yes, you have read correctly. Just 2 days ago a mom was at the beach in New Jersey and her two year old wanted to eat, so she did the natural thing and breastfed her baby, only to be approached by an employee of the recreational department, telling her that other beachgoers were offended. When she politely refused to stop feeding her toddler the employee called the police. When the officer arrived he sided with the mom, as breastfeeding was, just as the mom previously had stated, legal! Sadly, news like this show that there is still a long way for us to all to see breastfeeding as the natural thing it really is, both behind closed doors or out in public.
Some helpful tips if you decide to breastfeed in public:
Today at the Organic Baby Food Shop we want to thank all of those amazing breastfeeding women that are doing so in public, not only is this great for you and your baby, but you are also helping future moms do the same! Happy free feeding everyone :)
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