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This one is for those who are offended by breastfeeding in public... and for those who aren't, to have a bit of a laugh at you!
If you haven't heard by now, there was an incident that occurred in Queensland, Australia, whereby a breastfeeding mum was bullied by a middle aged male customer as he told her to cover up and breastfeed elsewhere.
The breastfeeding friendly cafe owners asked this man to leave. I would have loved to have been there to see the look on his face. I'm sure he was at the local strip club the night before ogling some boobies and knocking back a few beers with his mates, cause thats ok isn't it?
For those of you who are offended by breastfeeding in public
(both men and women)
THIS IS 2015 - you are YOU ARE SO BACKWARD, GO TO THE BEACH AND BURY YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND!
Princess Kate is breastfeeding as so many other mothers are - would you dare go up to her and ask her to cover up and breastfeed elsewhere?
Breastfeeding a baby is hard enough as it is, mothers don't need your awful prying eyes and attitudes disrupting what they are doing which is THE NORMAL WAY TO FEED A BABY!
WOULD YOU LIKE IT IF OTHERS GOT OFFENDED WATCHING YOU EAT?
WOULD YOU LIKE IT IF YOU WERE TOLD TO EAT ELSEWHERE?
When your dog is feeding her new puppies
When your cat is feeding her new kittens
-Do you ask them to go to elsewhere to feed their babies?
When you see a cow or a horse feeding its young, do you ask them to move to the next paddock?
Can you see how ridiculous you are?
I'm sure you like looking at pictures like the one of Rhianna as above gracing the cover of GQ Magazine. You might even like having a perve at Miley Cyrus and other celebrities flaunting their breakfast, lunch and dinner.
DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAUSE MOTHERS AND BABIES HARM?
This is because you are putting mothers off breastfeeding and denying their infants the best nutrition that nature provides?
DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR ACTIONS CAUSE MOTHERS TO BREASTFEED IN TOILETS?
This is because these mums are trying to not offend you
This is because they are fearing what you will say to them
This is because they are fearing how you judge them
I often hear of mothers being judged even by others and being excluded from events such as birthdays, weddings, bridal showers, all because they are breastfeeding. I have heard of mothers having to make decisions to not attend events as they are asked to leave their new babies at home, because the bride has an issue about having a breastfeeding baby at her wedding. To those brides and others who do this, think twice, because its going to be you one day!
I often hear of mothers breastfeeding their babies at 7 months being told "are you still breastfeeding?" "are you going to keep breastfeeding till s/he goes to school?"
I often hear of mothers struggling to breastfeed and are told by others "just put him on the bottle, I don't know why you are bothering?"
To those who have been guilty of making such comments, you have a tremendous amount of impact on vulnerable mothers and their babies, who want nothing more than to enable their babies the best start in life.
It is YOU, who cause these mums to end up in tears - and you wouldn't know it, because they are not saying anything because they don't want to offend you...I would know, I get to hear these mums every day.
Don't you think its hard enough second guessing yourself as a new parent?
Don't you think its hard enough going through sleep deprivation and conflicting advice?
How about you try sitting in a fishbowl and having the speakers turned up loud and clear - belittling you, undermining you, making you feel like complete and utter crap!
YOU ARE A BREASTFEEDING BULLY
YOU ARE AN ANTI BREASTFEEDING FREAK
YOU ARE BULLYING MOTHERS
YOU ARE BULLYING BABIES
YOU ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF VULNERABLE MOTHERS AND INFANTS
Do you get my message? MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS AND TAKE IT ELSEWHERE.........I rest my case, even nanna is giving you the bird!
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