Mom and blogger Kristy Kemp of Breastfeeding Mama Talk lists the reasons she won't succumb to society's view that breastfeeding mothers should cover themselves in public.
I recently wrote a blog about moms who choose to cover are not wrong for doing so. I think this blog was way overdue. People see all the controversy surrounding public breastfeeding and I hear many people say, "Just wear a cover, it will solve everything." First off, are those people that blind to the problem? Moms who cover receive criticism and discrimination as well, and second, it's not as easy as that.
- Because we like to gaze into each other's eyes and bond. We can't do that if something is covering his eyes.
- Because it's hot, uncomfortable, dark, and I wouldn't want to eat under a blanket, so why expect my baby to?
- Because I think it draws more attention to me when I use a cover and I feel awkward and uncomfortable.
- It's an oxymoron because my baby fights it off the whole time I'm having to put it back on him, focusing more on the blanket itself which causes a nip-slip.
- Because it's my lawful right to breastfeed how I choose and I choose to not use a cover. Just like you can choose not to look.
- Because I hope a new mom or mom-to-be sees me and it inspires her to want to breastfeed in public as well.
- Because breastfeeding is normal and I don't feel like I have to hide it.
- Because I don't feel like lugging a blanket around with me everywhere. I have a hard enough time remembering my own head some days.
- Because I use the Two Shirt Method and to me that is covering.