I just saw a picture of Kendall Jenner at the Met Gala that left nothing to the imagination. And yet this is considered high fashion. So why is it unfashionable to breastfeed a baby in a public space? I just read a post on Facebook where one woman harshly criticized another for breastfeeding in public without covering herself up. How is this STILL just not a normal everyday scene for so many people?
First of all, most of the time there’s very little to see when a woman is actually breastfeeding. The baby’s head usually covers most of her breast. Second, so what if you see a breast here or there?! Most of us watch certain television shows just to see them. Millions are definitely using the internet to find them. Why is it that when some people see a mother breastfeeding her child in a coffee shop it is all of a sudden offensive? This boggles my mind and fills me with frustration over the hypocrisy of it all.
So I’m starting a new photo series: 101 Breast Places to Feed Your Baby in Portland. My goal is to help normalize breastfeeding in public places and help make women feel safe if this is what they choose for their families. I have nothing against bottle feeding or covering up, but for those of us who don’t like putting a blanket over our children’s heads I intend to show a lot of how it’s done. And where it can be done — which legally is ANYWHERE.
Sea Star Bakery on N. Killingsworth Street:
Special thanks to Michelle and baby Aurelia (almost 1 year old).