If seeing a woman in a low cut top or a bikini barely registers anymore, but seeing a mother breastfeeding her child makes you uncomfortable…
You haven’t seen it often enough.
I no longer believe that it is hypocrisy. It is the simple math of frequency. What we do not see often… stands out.
People who have strong feelings about other people covering up or finding private places are innocent of the details that go into breastfeeding an infant or a toddler. They hold simplified ideas, often ones that they have heard elsewhere that seem to make sense.
They are not aware that not every mother responds to a pump.
They are not aware that not every baby takes a bottle.
They are not aware of the devastation that isolation can create in the mind and heart of a new mother struggling to adjust after her baby has been born.
They are not aware that breastfeeding is a learned skill that both baby and mom need to work at and practice. It is natural but it does not come easily, even when a mama has been through it before.
They are not aware of how some children respond to being covered up.
They are not aware of the impact that adding another step can have on a mama who is struggling with just getting her baby to latch on.
They are unaware of the drastic changes that would take place if every mother began to breastfeed openly without covering.
It would be normal.
It would make it easier for new mothers, because they would have seen it before.
It would increase breastfeeding success rates and that would bring along all of the benefits that breastfeeding carries.
It would have an amazing impact on the postpartum mental health of new mothers.
It would also stop being noticeable. It would be no different than seeing a bathing suit on a beach.