Let’s get the brand new year underway with a nice, spiky debate, shall we? I read with great interest a Twitter dust up caused when NASACR driver Kasey Kahne tweeted his disgust after seeing a woman nursing a baby in a supermarket, complete with the hash tag #nasty. That came on the heels of an incident at a Target store in Webster, Texas where an employee asked Michelle Hickman, who was sitting on the floor in a remote section of the store nursing her infant, to move to a dressing room. According to Hickman, she was humiliated and harassed, even after she told them she had a legal right to nurse her baby in public.
All of this brings Good Enough Mother to this place and question; should nursing mothers cover-up or should everyone else just shut up?
In the interest of full disclosure I nursed both of my kids for several months and it was a very rewarding experience, once everyone got with the plan. But I never felt that comfortable nursing in public and instead opted for the lounge area of department stores or the stall of a restroom as a last resort. But that was how I felt; I have no problem with women nursing their children in public, as I’m not really sure what could be more natural.
Now, if you want to see some boobs on display, check out some of the comments that were flying on Twitter about this. One man actually said Hickman should have nursed in the bathroom, like it was a shameful thing. I have nursed perched precariously on a toilet seat; it ain’t comfortable or pretty. Another suggestion from him: to give the baby a bottle, clearly oblivious that the mechanics between breast and bottle are different and some babies just don’t go back and forth that easily. As a last resort he thought she should have stayed home. Really? So she shouldn’t leave the house as long as she’s nursing? That was the most asinine ‘solution” of them all.
How come no one goes nuts when a waitress, carrying a tray of hot wings and beer, is spilling out of her top but can’t take a mother discreetly feeding her baby? I don’t get it.
So let’s debate. Are you offended at the sight of a nursing mother? Should they nurse in private or does it matter to you? Was the Target employee wrong? How about Kasey Kahne? Let me hear ya!