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If breastfeeding in public is a shame then you’ve got issues.

How have we come to this? You think breastfeeding in public is unacceptable and you feel entitled to criticize extremists?

I’ve grown up aware there were women whose breasts were painfully crushed between hot stones because their beliefs led them to think somehow this would make breast milk flow better and ensure they would have enough milk to feed their babies. To add to it, the mother was then able to throw a boob over a shoulder while she would carry her baby on her back, so the baby could feed on demand while the mother goes about her day.

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This just goes to show the essence of why women have been conceived with breasts that are different from men. Nature intended it that way when it gave her the ability to grow another human being from scratch in her womb.

I know it isn’t given to everyone to experience the true nature of breasts and I can understand the taboo that so called modernity has put behind them.

I think the sight of a breastfeeding woman was so common in my life that I’ve distinguished breasts in their context the way I would distinguish, let’s say… a mouth.

Yes, there are circumstances where a breast is only sexual to perverts. Those who manage to find sexual content in everything, everywhere they go.

So naturally, when a woman discreetly pulls out her breast to feed her child, they immediately distort the reality to see inappropriate content written all over it. As if that caring mother is in fact perpetuating the sexual act of feeding her child.

Now let me make this clear. A lot of people find breasts to be a body part for arousal and I would agree. If getting your breasts played with is your thing, more power to you. Go ahead and foreplay your way into a positive sexual experience. But don’t think that a mother feeding her three month old is you in your sexual enjoyment.

Before you pour your hypocrisy on me and say that you agree with feeding the baby but it shouldn’t be done in public, let’s look at it from a different angle. You see that mouth on your face? Have you ever eaten in public with it? Have you ever gone to a restaurant and sat at a terrace partaking in food porn while passersby stare at you? If I were to imagine you doing dirty sexual things with that mouth of yours, I would say you too should be forbidden from eating that ice cream in public. Yeah, that’s just disgusting. Matter of fact, forget about eating outside of your house altogether because that mouth of yours has a sexual connotation, especially when you put some chapstick on.

But wait, I bet now you’re about to tell me it’s not the same thing right?  I bet you believe that a mouth was created for eating probably millions of years before humans discovered porn right? I thought so too. – well so was breastfeeding.

Please get over yourself and stop bullying a woman who wants to give the best she can offer to her child. Encourage a mother who’s looking for a place to breastfeed in public while running errands.

If that kind of motherly love makes you uncomfortable, I understand. Horny teenagers kissing passionately on the street make me uncomfortable too. Unlike the breastfeeding babies you’re judging, I’m sure they won’t starve without that kind of PDA but I choose to just look away, walk away, live and let live.

To all the breastfeeding mamas, I say go ahead and nurture your children; in the free world, you should not need a permit for that.

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By | 2017-01-06T11:34:20+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Africanity, Recommended, Tradition|Comments Off on If breastfeeding in public is a shame then you’ve got issues.

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Kiswend is a Sista Tweet blogger, co-creator, designer and Creative Manager. She loves cooking, crafting and thinking outside the box and when she’s not on Sista Tweet or building up a city at her day job, this aspiring entrepreneur is busy inventing her next homemade African fusion project.

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