I just read over at Kateri's blog about the outrage over a picture of a mommy nursing her baby on the new BabyTalk cover. I had not heard about this before today and I was in absolute shock over it. People actually wrote in about how their kids would be damaged from seeing a sexual breast on the cover of the magazine.
It just totally horrifies me that they would even publish someone's ignorant comments like that because of the impact it has on its readers. This is the very same reason why less women breastfeed! Why are we the only country that feels the need to sexualize the breast and how can a woman be so ignorant to play into that whole idea? Breasts were made for babies to eat out of..plain and simple. There is nothing sexual about it....NOTHING!
I am disturbed and I dont know what else to say about it. There isnt even a hint of nipple in that picture and I know I see far more boobage in any fashion mag on the shelves of my local grocery store. Should I write in whenever I see a baby with a bottle in its mouth saying how that hurts me and makes me upset? No. That would just be wrong huh? But yet something totally natural is made out to be something barabaric and gross and something we should shield our precious babies eyes from. I never ever understood growing up why my mother did not breastfeed my sis or I. I was actually always very hurt that she didnt even try and felt robbed of something so vitally important.
I knew from a very very young age that I would nurse my babies. I had dreams about it since I was maybe 10 years old. It was never something I questioned like so many people nowdays do. When I first put baby G to my breast only a minute after she entered this cold world it was a dream come true. It was honestly the best feeling I had ever had in my life. I had dreamed about that moment for so many years and here it was. I could care less about my sore nipples and I solidly loved it with all my heart from day one till month 13 when she weaned on her own. I was heartbroken when she rejected me and I tried for weeks to get her to return to the breast but she refused.
I simply can not wait till I can put my new son at my breast and nurse him. It is an experiance I would never rob either of us of and if we have problems like I did with G we will work through them no matter what. It is something I am dreaming about daily. So I just dont get it. I dont see how anyone especially a woman could be offended by a baby getting milk from its mother. Its the most beautiful site in the world.
In honor of Kateri's post I am also posting a pic of me nursing baby G in the tub at about 7 months old. It was a very hard decision for me to put this here because its not very discreet but I think it is truly needed in this situation. If you also decide to post about this article please send me the link so I can put it here and other people can see these beautiful pics!
The best moments in my life.