I've had a few friends who've had kids and breastfed them when we were out in cafes, etc. It's a natural and necessary act, but it's interesting to see how people react. I think it's just a reflection of the viewer's own personal hang-ups, and Americans happen to be particularly laden with sex-guilt and shame.
Americans love to be offended, it makes them feel that they're moral and upstanding when actually they're just angry.
I think it is as inalienable right of motherhood to attend to the nurture of her offspring. I don't think as many people are offended as the media seems to be reporting and making it an issue of it.
only the conservatives believe it's wrong
I've seen plenty complain about it being a "beautiful, but private thing between mother and child". So more Christians than you might think object to it being done in public. It also occurred to me, most of the objections to women openly breastfeeding in so-called "third world" countries have traditionally been voiced by Western Christian Missionaries. So not only have Christians objected, they've felt free to spread their attitudes about it worldwide.
Like several have stated; the female breast has been so sexualised in American society many have lost sight (so to speak) of their original purpose.
I really think only stupid people are. It's natural. I don't think it should be done places there shouldn't be babies though. I do think women should be discrete so as not to offend those against bare breasts but they shouldn't be asked to go in nasty bathrooms to feed their child.
Kill innocents all around the globe no problem , show a nipple or say big massive penis on TV & you are on America's most wanted..So ****** up.
I'm not American and I'm disgusted.
why are you disgusted?
Who's offended? I find it charming. I'm all for public display of **** for any reason.
no is it always charming.
Always. I can't think of any inappropriate display of breasts. Especially ones of child-bearing age.
Because many Americans have been fed a line of crap so long by certain organized religions (What exactly is an unorganized religion?) and certain political groups who feel it is their God given duty to tell you how to dress, act, speak, etc.
Sometimes envious of the baby but am not.
Beats me! And SOME of them are the same ones who want to shove pictures of aborted fetuses into other people's faces, regardless of age. Go figure....
Because women are so highly sexualized that even a mother feeding her child is deemed a fetish.
I feel it is because so many people look at any exposure of the breasts as sexual. Therefore, it is an offense to them. Women were created with the means to nourish their babies by way of the breasts. No other milk is perfect for the baby as breast milk is. The whole sexual aspect of the breasts was an added benefit of them.
Americans have a skewed sense of the human condition perhaps.... In other parts of the world if you dont breast feed your baby it will not live... in america you can get foodstamps and buy formula at the very least.
I for one am not offended. It is a very natural thing to do, if done discretely and without being a distraction.
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Europe....where they do nothing but breastfeeding on the street
Only Americans hate breastfeeding?..
I'm not offended by the fact that it's like, exposure in public. I'm just offended that women would want to share such an intimate moment with their child with the general public. I think it's a special private thing that shouldn't have outside distractions.
Yeah, ask the baby to wait and you'll beg the mummy to feed it.
Oh lord! I'm offended that you are offended. When you have a child, if you decide to breast feed, which you may not as it wouldnt fit with your image of TheBlondeBombshell, you will understand that breasts have a much more important role in life than the attention getting tools sticking out of your top. Feeding your child is not "a private thing" like going to the bathroom.... its a necessity and a god given right!
I just think that intimate moments should be private. It's an intimate bonding experience that shouldn't be interrupted or shared with strangers. I'm not saying that breasts aren't an important tool for such things, I know that. That's why I'm so offended that people want to diminish the importance of the bond that breastfeeding creates by sharing the experience with complete strangers. It should be private to make this bond more special.
*Baby cries in hunger at the grocery store.* Mother replies in a feathery whisper, "Hold in your hunger, baby. We have to be in private quarters. Heaven forbid that negro gentleman stocking the shelves looks over. Then the entire moment would be ruined!"
That's why moms should have bottles prepared, or they should keep their children at home with someone, or have someone else do the shopping.