The only place that is deemed “socially acceptable” for women to breastfeed is either the confines of their own home or on the squishy sofas in department store bathrooms. But what if there isn’t a fancy chaise lounge to rest your tired new-mother body in the bathroom?
Well, there is certainly no place for you in public to breastfeed your baby in peace.
HOWEVER, two of my queens Alanis Morisette and Olivia Wilde are taking a stand against the bullshit patriarchal expectation of where new-mothers are supposed to feed their children.
While Alanis has publically expressed her support for breastfeeding in public, she took it to the next level with this #tbt photo on Instagram which, surprisingly, hasn’t been taken down yet, YAY. The photo was taken on a 2012 European leg of her tour and was captioned with #worldbreastfeedingweek #isupportyou. No, Alanis, we support you!
And here is the lovely Olivia Wilde whose September 2014 edition of Glamour Magazine features this lovely photo of her breastfeeding her 3-month-old son Otis in a public restaurant. In her interview, Wilde explains, “being shot with Otis is so perfect because any portrait of me right now isn’t complete without my identity as a mother being a part of that. Breast-feeding is the most natural thing.”
Not only is breastfeeding a choice that mothers have the right to make, it should also be their decision when and where they are allowed to do it. So can we please stop forcing grown women to feed their sweet new babies in nasty public bathrooms?
Photo Credit: Glamour Magazine / Instagram / Glamour Magazine
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