I’m not really sure why breasts can be openly used to sell beer and entice people to eat chicken wings at Hooters, but when they are used in their actual context — feeding a baby — people get all puritanical.
Oh, the hypocrisy!
This week, another breastfeeding mom, who was covered up, was forced to stop feeding her 4-month old in the hallway of a Washington, D.C., DMV office when two (GASP!) female security guards told her to stop because it was indecent.
Simone Dos Santos, a lawyer, was waiting for a traffic hearing and stepped out into the hallway to breastfeed when the guards approached her, although she had covered her baby with a jacket.
“I was shocked, upset and angry that by providing food for my son, I was being treated like a criminal,” she said in recent news reports.
As an attorney, Dos Santos knew that she had legal rights — 28 states as well as the District of Columbia exempt breastfeeding from public indecency laws.
But it’s a shame that the laws of common sense don’t govern most people. And it is our babies who ultimately suffer when women are made to feel uncomfortable performing the biological act of infant feeding.
Our bodies naturally produce breast milk, and some believe it’s one of the best preventive infant health measure one can take. Feeding our young used to be as natural and instinctive as it is for any other animals, but somehow we’ve lost our instincts and our choices about our babies first food sometimes gets lost in cultural norms.