By: Kristy Kemp
A lot of the arguments I hear against breastfeeding contradict themselves. I have listed 6 of them in this article.. What would you add to this list?
1.) "Show some respect and at least cover yourself when you breastfeed."
Respect- Agree to recognize and abide by (a legal requirement).
Since it's a woman's legal right to breastfeed in public HOWEVER she chooses, I'd say the only ones being disrespectful are the ones interfering, not recognizing or RESPECTING said law.
Respect- avoid harming or interfering with.
I would say interfering with a mom breastfeeding her baby is pretty disrespectful.
So yeah I agree. Show some respect by recognizing and abiding by the law which says a woman can breastfeed in public and respect said mother and child by not interfering with a mom feeding her baby a meal.
2.) "Breastfeeding is the best nutrition, but it definitely shouldn't happen after 12 months."
The Word Health Organization Recommendation on Breastfeeding- Encourages breastfeeding all the way up to age two or beyond alongside complimentary foods.
You can't pick and choose when something is the best or not based off your personal preference. Scientifically speaking breastmilk consumed at any age is beneficial and nutritional. If you agree that breastmilk is the best nutrition from age 0-12 months, but think it's pointless past 12 months you contradict yourself.
3.) "I don't think there is anything sexual about breastfeeding, but breasts are seen as sexual, therefore I don't want my kids or my husband to see it."
The main purpose of a breast is to produce milk to feed our offspring. Sure, they can be used sexually as well, but when they are being used to feed a baby there is nothing sexual about the breast in that moment.
Saying you know there isn't anything sexual about breastfeeding, would mean that you have learned to separate breasts in the sexual sense verse their biological purpose, but saying that you know there isn't anything sexual about breastfeeding, but it should still be hidden from view because breasts are sexual is contradicting because you are then still associating sex with breastfeeding. Get it?