Breastfeeding is a controversial action only because certain people are uncomfortable when women use their breasts for their natural functions. Women’s bodies have been so sexualized, especially breasts, that when one is visible it’s a big deal. The female body isn’t for the male gaze 24/7! We have things to do like feed humans!
Brei Michelle Theisen was breastfeeding her 14-month-old daughter at a local pool when a manager told her to cover up. She wrote about the incident on her Facebook account, saying that the manager told her she needed to be “more discrete” when feeding her child. In what world is that okay? Oh yeah, this one!
Theisen retorted to the super rude manager by saying, “Do you tell the other people eating in the food area that they need cover up? Or am I supposed to starve my child because someone is uncomfortable with themselves or because they re sexualizing breastfeeding?” Yes, go off! If anything, the people who are grossly sexualizing breastfeeding should be kicked out because that is so wrong on so many levels.
Hearing these stories over and over again is tiring. When will men realize that women’s bodies exist outside of their pleasure? Women shouldn’t be subjected to objectification 24/7, especially when they are feeding their child. Theisen also pointed out in her post that it is “illegal to tell a breastfeeding mother to cover up of go to the bathroom.” The only state where it’s legal to do so is Idaho. What the heck Idaho?
Theisen isn’t the only mom who has stood up for her right to breastfeed in public. In April, Avery Lane posted a similar story to her Facebook about how she was breastfeeding her two-month-old baby during her military post at an H&R Block when the manager told her to cover up. She responded by saying, “No, but I have muslin if you would like to cover your face.” The situation got so heated that Lane eventually called the Military Police to inform the manager that he legally couldn’t tell her to leave. Pretty badass, even though mothers shouldn’t have to be dealing with this.
Even Mila Kunis was shamed for breastfeeding in public. But the more breastfeeding is done in public the more it will be normalized. Keep on feeding those babies, ladies!