Did you know that this week (August 1-7) is World Breastfeeding Week? As a mom who has breastfed all three of her daughters, and still am breastfeeding two of them, breastfeeding is obviously important to me. Zoelle and I nursed for 2 years, 8 months, and 8 days before she weaned naturally and all on her own. I was proud. Proud of myself as that is a huge accomplishment, but mostly proud of her and that she was able to make the decision on her own without pressure from me or others around her. A lesson we could all learn from couldn't we?
Anyway, I wanted to commemorate World Breastfeeding Week in some way and somehow. I could easily post a picture of me breastfeeding any of my three girls, but I don't think that will change the general attitude of disgust people have towards breastfeeding. In fact, it may only increase it. However, I recently came across an article that made me really think. I love when articles do that, but this one made me think to the extreme. It's controversial. Yet, I believe so very true. Why don't you check out the article yourself and then come back and share your thoughts with me.
As a fellow Christian, I have never once thought of breastfeeding in this way. This article really opened my eyes. In fact, each week in church because one of my daughters is bound to be hungry, I have to leave the service, make my way to the nursing moms room and nurse my daughter. This means I am bound to miss the sermon as someone is going to be talking in the nursing moms room. I remember when I had Zoelle I felt that it wasn't right. Why should I be shuffled off to some room on the other side of church only to do what is completely natural? Why can I not sit in church fully clothed, and fully covered and nurse? I suppose I could, but then I would receive the definite stink eye from many.
Now as I said, I know this is controversial. I'm not out to create controversy, but rather to make people think and broaden our narrow views in our little box of the world. I am all for modesty, but what about self control for a man who sees a woman breastfeeding. Is he not to keep his thoughts clean and pure? Why is it that I must be the one to remove myself from doing a perfectly natural thing in public because someone (man or woman) thinks it is wrong?
I'm not sure I have the answers to those questions. Instead I just have a lot of thoughts going through my head and I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject! So go read the article and come back here and let me know what you think!