Thursday, April 14, 2016

You can't win

There is no parenting topic that gets people more worked up than breastfeeding.

This afternoon hundreds of commenters got worked up over the Today Show’s choice to post a photo taken from a Willoughby Cafe on their Facebook Page. The sign reads:

“BREASTFEEDING MUMS — Pop in have a FREE cup of tea if you need a pitt stop … No need to eat. No need to ask. Please Relax J Willows.”

Cue internet mayhem. Comments included everything from simple statements about loving the sign to people calling discrimination against bottle feeders to others calling discrimination against men. And, of course, one lovely gentleman calling breastfeeding women “slappers that just love attention” and the café owner “a person who likes his customers to get their tits out for him.”

As a woman who breastfed my two children, I personally, love the sign. Breastfeeding is hard bloody work. I have never eaten as much or drunk as much (non-alcoholic seeing as though I was feeding after all) than when I was breastfeeding.

The offer of a free cuppa, a comfy chair and zero judgment while feeding is pretty much the dream of every breastfeeding woman. Well, it definitely was the dream of this one.

And I assure the gentleman who commented on the post that no woman breastfeeds for attention nor do they like to “get their tits out”. If anything, much of the feeding process, particularly in public, involves a tonne of strategic positing in order to AVOID getting your tits out on full display.

I have no doubt that both bottle feeding parents, and men in general, are more than welcome in the café as well. The fact that the owner went to the trouble to write the sign pretty much promotes the fact the café is family friendly.

Is this another case of someone trying to do something nice and getting ridiculed in the process?



Bird of Paradise said...

Who realy ever watches these leftists news shows anyway?

Anonymous said...

Breastfeeding in public is much less common in the United States than in Europe or Australia due to working mothers. Many employers provide "lactation lounges" and breast pumps with refrigerators for breastfeeding mothers. I had an employee who breastfed and know the time and effort she took for it so accommodating her was a no brainer. The hang up with bare breasts on women (but not men) is fairly nonsensical and their being turned into erotic fantasy by the advertising industry would be a laughable except that we as a society have propagated it.


Birdzilla said...

And a few years about that idiot group PETA wanted Ben & Jerry to use breast milk in their ice cream(I don't care for these aged hippy freakos)PETA is such a stupid organization

Anonymous said...

This is why we can't have nice things.

Liz said...

I am a mom who has breastfed and bottle fed. I'll say to the bottle feeders claiming discrimination that you don't become horribly thirsty when your baby latches onto a bottle. I remember how awful it was when I would forget to bring water with me when I sat down to breasteed. 30 seconds in the thirst would hit and I would have to wait until baby was done to get up and het some water.

Anonymous said...

Some asshole said, "Who realy ever watches these leftists news shows anyway?"

Rational people, that's who.