Yesterday, while waiting to have my hair braided, I observed a young mother and her baby in a nearby shop. The baby had fidgeted for a few minutes, so she decided to feed her. Lo and behold, this woman whipped out her breast, stuffed it into her daughter’s mouth and sat there with the breast exposed. I thought to myself, see me see trouble o. Is this how breastfeeding is done now?
I don’t know how these women do it. They are going about their business with an infant in tow- in school, in church, at the market- and suddenly, there’s a boob out in people’s faces.
Sure, breast is best, rah-rah rah. I completely promote and support women breastfeeding their babies. There are so many reasons to encourage breastfeeding, especially in Africa. I just think women might cover up while doing it.
Do we really have to expose the entire breast, except the nipple, to whoever happens to be walking by?
I asked my mum, and she complained about it as well. In her day, and her mother’s day, it just wasn’t this way. Women would use the baby’s shawl, or a wrapper/scarf, or the ends of a long blouse to shield themselves while nursing their babies. These days, we have super cute and versatile nursing covers, in addition to the other options.
It’s super weird because if most of these women weren’t breastfeeding, they probably wouldn’t wear very lowcut / revealing tops, but when they’re nursing it’s open season for the décolletage.
I know, talking about women covering up might sound like policing, but that is not the case. I’m not being squeamish about women’s bodies, or body shaming women who are out there doing their thing. I’m coming at it from the view of a young woman who’s only just waking up to the idea of having kids, and cannot imagine baring my breasts to all and sundry to feed said kids.
Dear readers, what do you think? To the moms who breastfed their kids, how did you do it while shielding your modesty? Everyone else: does it bother you to see women breastfeeding with their breasts all out? Please let me know in the comments.
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