Recently a picture showing a woman breastfeeding her baby in a restaurant went viral. In the picture Ashley Kaidel is seen staring at another woman who seemed to take issue with the fact that Ashley was breastfeeding her child in a restaurant. Ashley posted the picture to encourage other women to breastfeed uncovered, if that’s what they want to do.
Janie Porter is a stay at home mom who writes the blog She Just Glows and recently posted her thoughts on covering up while breastfeeding, basically saying that she doesn’t understand what the big deal is anyway. “Dear Breastfeeding Moms, Is It Really That Hard to Cover Up?” She begins by writing a disclaimer saying ‘This post isn’t meant to start a war against the public breastfeeding movement. It’s just my attempt at saying: I don’t get it. There are so many voices for the movement, and I truly think many people are scared to speak up. But, for me, there’s just an elephant in the room.’
She goes on to write;
“What’s with all the controversy about nursing in public?
I mean, seriously.
Is it really that hard to cover up?
Here’s the deal: Strangers don’t want to see your areola. (Yeah, that’s it.)
I don’t get what part of that is offensive.”
Janie goes on to explain that she’s a breastfeeding mother herself, who has breastfed anywhere and everywhere she needed to, but that she always managed to cover herself up while doing so. She just doesn’t get why other women can’t do the same.