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Breast feeding in public

David Horsey
David Horsey


Good morning, Netizens...


I was cruising through Northtown Mall last week when I chanced upon a young mother breast-feeding her infant while sitting in the mall, and this morning, I came across a David Horsey cartoon that reminded me of that moment in time. Every now and then there is a news story about breast-feeding moms who run afoul of mall security guards, voyeurs or others who are offended by such behavior.


America's fixation for women's boobs has been with us for a long time now. Breast implants are big business from Coast to Coast. Clothes that lift, shape and present the female breast for inspection are available from a huge number of shopping malls across America, and yet there is something about a woman breast-feeding in a public place that creates havoc with public mindsets.


If people are uncomfortable about a woman breast-feeding a baby in public, they should simply turn away, letting the woman tend her baby in private. It is not a circumstance that should involve police, protests or morality lectures. Politely look away and let her discreetly feed her infant and give her her privacy in public.



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