BabyTalk magazine did a recent survey and found that over 50 percent of those surveyed felt that it is essentially inappropriate to breastfeed in public. Over 70 pecent of Americans would be offended to see a nursing mother on television.
They didn't survey me, so this is my contribution to that piece:
Breasts exist for feeding babies. They can be sexual also, but when it's appropriate. If over 50 percent of Americans have a problem with seeing a little boob during a baby's meal, why am I not hearing anyone complain about the Victoria's Secret commercials? No babies, just boob. And some ass.
I will not go into a restroom to feed my baby. Would you eat your lunch in a room where people take craps? Don't expect my child to, either.
If my baby can ask for the breast, or just because he has some teeth, it does not mean he is too old for it. It means he is hungry, thirsty, or needs some comfort and that is what he will get. There are many benefits to nursing past the age of one year. From the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines on breastfeeding: "It is recommended that breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months, and thereafter for as long as mutually desired."
I'm getting pretty pissed at the lack of education and sheer ignorance of people who insist that breastfeeding is shameful or should be done in private. Women, let's start supporting each other in motherhood and stop judging each other and our choices. I say give every mother the freedom to feed, whether by breast or bottle, anywhere she needs to.
And if my baby eating is offensive to you, why don't you finish your lunch in the bathroom.