No doubt you’ve noticed recent images of women breastfeeding on the newsstands or on your computer. Time magazine’s May 12, 2012, cover of a woman breastfeeding her preschooler and the more recent pictures of two women in military uniforms breastfeeding their babies have triggered a loud discussion.
Whatever your stance on breastfeeding, child-led weaning, breastfeeding in uniform/on the job, breastfeeding as depicted by the media and ad campaigns, etc., there is one thing no one can argue: we’re seeing mothers breastfeeding their young and we’re discussing it. Heck, we’re even seeing a mother breastfeeding twins! Breastfeeding is on the public map and that is a very good thing. The more opportunities we have to discuss nature’s design for human survival and how to facilitate that, the better off we’ll be as a species.
Here are a few of my favorites items on the recent news flurry over breastfeeding:
* Backlash in the comments to this post demonstrates how much mothers want to have the space to parent without criticism
* A Man’s Perspective on Breastfeeding In Public (thanks to Cynthia for this lead)
* Statuary of Hope breastfeeding Cupid (an inspiration for the Time cover? thanks to Sarah R for the heads-up on this one)
… and then there is this, which I love, love, love! Facebook’s recent change of policy to support pictures of breastfeeding women helps normalize breastfeeding.
(Note: Facebook continues to delete pictures of breastfeeding babies. Apparently their policy implementation is problematic.)
What are your favorites?