Public Breastfeeding is a Gentleman’s Business

by R H | July 28th, 2016

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Public Breastfeeding is a Gentleman's Business

A dirty look. That’s what I saw flash from an older lady towards a mom of two who had stopped in the mall to breast­feed her youngest child. I wouldn’t have noticed had my cousin not pre­vi­ously com­plained on Face­book about how she was asked to cover up for pub­licly breast­feed­ing. Sure enough, the more women I asked, the more sto­ries I received about pub­lic breast­feed­ing shaming.

What we men haven’t rec­og­nized is that this is another slight against tra­di­tional fam­ily val­ues. Breast­feed­ing is about the health­i­est thing a mother can do, both for her child and for her. But strangely enough, despite a soci­ety devoted to organic, pesticide-​free and other labels, we have a large num­ber of peo­ple who would rather force our moth­ers to for­mula feed.

Some­how this avoids expos­ing breasts in the mall, even under one of the dis­played under­wear mod­els.

Gen­tle­men, if this con­tin­ues, our wives will be shamed into stay­ing home or mak­ing unhealthy choices. Pub­lic breast­feed­ing is also a gentleman’s fight. We need to start advo­cat­ing for our wives and the wives of oth­ers. We can’t say we hold tra­di­tional val­ues if other tram­ple on our fam­ily rights right in front of us.

My story has a good end­ing. I walked past the scowl­ing woman and asked the young mother “Can I help you with any­thing?” Sure enough, her older son had dropped a toy. I retrieved it while her hands were full. By the time I turned back, the old hag was gone.

NG36B is a hus­band, father to four kids and an active duty Navy Offi­cer. He blogs reg­u­larly at The Navy’s Grade 36 Bureau­crat.


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A dirty look.  That’s what I saw flash from an older lady towards a mom of two who had stopped in the mall to breastfeed her youngest child.  I wouldn’t have noticed had my cousin not previously complained on Facebook about how she was asked to cover up for publicly breastfeeding.  Sure enough, the more women I asked, the more stories I received about public breastfeeding shaming.

What we men haven’t recognized is that this is another slight against traditional family values.  Breastfeeding is about the healthiest thing a mother can do, both for her child and for her.  But strangely enough, despite a society devoted to organic, pesticide-free and other labels, we have a large number of people who would rather force our mothers to formula feed.

Somehow this avoids exposing breasts in the mall, even under one of the displayed underwear models.

Gentlemen, if this continues, our wives will be shamed into staying home or making unhealthy choices.  Public breastfeeding is also a gentleman’s fight.  We need to start advocating for our wives and the wives of others.  We can’t say we hold traditional values if other trample on our family rights right in front of us.

My story has a good ending.  I walked past the scowling woman and asked the young mother “Can I help you with anything?”  Sure enough, her older son had dropped a toy.  I retrieved it while her hands were full.  By the time I turned back, the old hag was gone.

NG36B is a husband, father to four kids and an active duty Navy Officer.  He blogs regularly at The Navy’s Grade 36 Bureaucrat.


A note from DaTechGuy: I hope you enjoyed RH/NG36B’s piece. Remember we will be judging the entries in Da Magnificent tryouts by hits both to their post and to DaTipJar. So if you like his work, please consider sharing this post, and if you hit DaTipjar because of it don’t forget to mention RH/NG36B’s post as the reason you did so.




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