Breastfeeding is a natural process, but for some reason it’s still seen as controversial by some — especially when it comes to nursing in public.
One woman complained on Facebook about just that, and what she’d do to women she saw doing it, and she’s now getting blasted for it.
“I’m not sorry. The next female that tries to whip her boob out to breastfeed in front of my kids will get a black eye, move that baby bc I’ll punch it too. #zerocare #why #inpublicletsjustshowkidsboobs #notmine,” the woman wrote in a post which has since been deleted.
Plenty of people are really not having it.
“I ain’t even going to say anything about this,” one woman said sharing the post.
“Dear angry, violent little girl willing to punch a baby because it was hungry, good luck on that job hunt tomorrow,” was another angry response.
“I am so offended by this! This to me threatens my and my child,” another woman wrote.
Breastfeeding in public is still a sticking point for some people, some of whom may even try to tell a woman that she can’t do it.
Leigh Anne O’Connor, board-certified lactation consultant and La Leche League leader, says it’s just normal and necessary.
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Breastfeeding happens on a supply-and-demand basis, and a mum often needs to do frequent, small feedings to keep her milk supply up, keep her baby happy and healthy, and prevent engorgement or a possible infection. And, if a breastfeeding mum ever wants to leave her home, it’s pretty likely that she’ll need to nurse in public at some point.
“I recommend people find a comfortable place to sit, same as they would if they were feeding their baby a bottle, and simply nurse their baby without any fanfare,” Leigh Anne tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “The more people nurse in public, the more accepted it will be.”
Whatever you do, don’t ask the people around you for permission to nurse. “This gives others the option to say no,” Leigh Anne says. “Just feed your baby when they are hungry.”
The company where the woman worked has apologised for her comments on Facebook and said that she is “no longer employed” by the company.
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