Friday, June 17, 2005

To Whip It Out, Or Not Whip It Out

Payasita Update - Sorry for lapse.

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There is quite a lot about breastfeeding in the news lately. Rosie O'Donnell, in a fit of psychotic lesbian, dry-titted jealosy, forced her "life-partner" to stop breastfeeding her newborn because Papa Rosie decided she wanted to be a mother (despite the facial hair and testicles) and that there was too much maternal bonding upon which she was missing. I hope someone can grow bigger balls than her and tell her that her hormones are turning her into a domineering, male chauvenist pig.

Then there is the little spat between Bahbwa Waltews and the Lactating Americans because of remarks she made regarding a woman who plopped her ass down next to her and started nursing her infant. Bahbwa, having had her delicate sensibilities assaulted so ruthlessly, made mention of it with her group of cluckers on The View.

Jimmy Kimmel calls her out so hard and Michelle Malkin makes a very good point comparing it to Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction (except more nutritional).

But in response to all of this, the saggy-titted Lactators have bared their bosoms and forced their children to nurse in public. Like that would make people more receptive.

Now for some personal perspective, having breastfed both my girls. Breasfeeding is good. Medically, ethically and especially audially in close spaces, it is more than good. It has been done for centuries - even in the Victorian era. Rich women either had the luxury of discretion or hired someone else to do it. But poor women worked in the fields, nursed their babies and went back to work. The men, like gentlemen instead of prudish whining nancies, turned their heads.

We have truly gone soft if we are repulsed by nursing babies. But the militant Lactators who force their leaking boobs in people's faces don't exactly help the cause.

How about this: Everyone grow the fuck up and turn your heads ever so slightly if you see somoene nursing and it upsets you. Ladies, be as discreet as possible without tying yourself into knots. That should make everyone happy. It won't. But it should.

21 comments:

Jack the Grey said...

We're supposed to turn our heads? Oooops......

Zelda said...

LOL...only if it UPSETS you. But I have to say, no one ever looked away when I was breastfeeding. They were mesmerized by the Force.

Jen said...

I was always so shy about what I was doing in public, and took multiple precautions to not actually fling my boob around where others could actually get a full view. I wouldn't let my shyness prevent me from feeding my baby, but a little modesty goes a loooonnngggg way. I'm with you on this one.

Zelda said...

A screaming baby usually took priority over modesty, but I didn't fling mine around either. I'm sure I flashed a little bit on occasion, but I don't apologize for it.

noonie said...

jack I always felt less embarrassed when people weren't acting embarrassed themselves. But I alsodidn't flash everything just to feed, you really don't need to.

Z I worked for a charity that worked with mums and we would do the once ayear campagin bit, but my displays were always carefully picked posters.. my favourite was titled "Can you tell?" and was a pic of four mums sitting in a cafe holding their babies, one was being breastfeed, if you looked very carefully.

I'd tell more but dinnae want to hog your blog.

Zelda said...

Noonie, I would live to hear more. Hog away.

Jethro said...

Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink! Okay, that was so wrong.

Kristin said...

Why is it I always agree with every single thing you say? It's startin' to creep me out a tad.

Jammie J. said...

I'm with Kristin! :)

I think breastfeeding is a beautiful thing. The nurturing aspect of it is a tiny miracle, that you can give life to your child, you know?

*laughing* at your "militant lactator" description.

Michelle said...

Despite my mammoth boobs I can ALWAYS breastfeed very discreetly and no one is ever the wiser! In fact I one time told someone I might need to nurse while I was in their presence, they said ok if you need to and at the end of our visit said to me,"wow, bet you are glad she didn't need to eat!" I laughed and said, "She just had her fill while you were sitting there!" They never even knew. I agree with you... people should grow up and realize that while we sometimes call those our "funbags" they are also there for a reason!

Angi said...

I breastfeed a4 of my 5, and wish I had done all 5. I was always discreet, and didn't just flop my boobs out, if I knew someone would feel uncomfortable, and was able, I would even go into another room.

I have to say, that people's reaction is what kept me from breastfeeding my first one. I couldn't deal with it,and it is soemthing I regret even today.

Plus, I loved the nice, full titties! lol.

ALa said...

No one ever even knew when I was nursing --actually my expert discreetness caused quite a few uncomfortable situations when guys would walk up and try to see or talk to the baby only to turn 350 shades of red when I said the baby was eating! LOL

Boobabe said...

Amen Sister and I totally agree with Angi. Don't be afraid to nurse your babies, just don't be a spectacle about it.

Inanna said...

Sing it Sistah!! Totally agree!!

Brighton said...

I was a discreet breastfeeder, even with size D boobs- with all FOUR children. I once had a woman look at me with the blanket over me and said, "Do you mind?" So I told her, "No, you can latch on as soon as my daughter finishes, Bitch".

Boobabe said...

:) @ Brighton.

Hey Zelda, I'm off from work today. Unfortunately I have too much to do to watch TV but just to let you know that on HallMark channel are double doses of Little House followed by the Waltons ;)

Gooch said...

I'm sorry, but if anyone gets offended at the site of a baby eating, his or her uptight ass is the problem, not the mom's.

noonie said...

was once feeding my daughter in McDonalds... had my lunc hin front of me, sat with a group of friends and their kids. When the girl sweeping the floor asked if I'd like to use the disabled toilet.

I was like... uh no thanks, fine here.

Then she went off and the manager came up... Madam would you like to use the disabled toilet? Uh no would you want to eat your lunch in the toilet?

Then would you like to use my office.. no not really I'm sat here with my friends thanks.

He gave up defeated.

Greg said...

Which McDonalds?

Cigarette Smoking Man from the X-Files said...

One of my older sisters used to have a "nursing shawl" which was light and ventilated and not suffocating for the baby but still "screened" the nursing activities if she had to whip it out in mixed company.

I kind of shrug. It neither would have interested me nor appalled me if she really did just whip it out, and I probably would have taken a new keen interest in whatever was in the opposite direction.

In a way I understand the American tit-fascination, and in a way I think our culture goes overboard with it sometimes.

noonie said...

McDonalds.. STratford ten years ago. I'm hoping it's changed, as we campaigned hard to get companies to support us, not throw us in the toilet.