In this incident (one of about a bajillion) a woman was nursing her five-year-old in a Houston’s restaurant in Florida when management told her to take her mammaries elsewhere. She slunk out to the car, fed baby, and returned when she was done. Later she learned that the restaurant had violated her rights, because in Florida, women have a right to nurse wherever they damn well please. “I’m humiliated,” said the poor mom. “I really am. I am in shock.”
Personally, I never would have been able to eat half a meal in a restaurant if I couldn’t nurse my baby quietly. But we don’t really have to spend a long time defending nursing here. I get that breasts are fetishized in our culture and some folks can’t get over the dual nature of boobies. Here’s the part that confuses me whenever this happens: don’t people want to see naked breasts? Judging by the spam I get, lots must. There’s whole magazines and movies devoted to breasts. This guy made a living by getting women to flash some nipple.
So here’s my new strategy for lactating moms: whenever you have to nurse baby in public, just fling some Mardi Gras beads at the spectators and go about your business.
Update: That was sooo my bad. Yes, I meant five-month-old. But, um, I did it on purpose, to, um, generate an interesting discussion on the appropriateness of breastfeeding older kids… Yeah, that’s it…