It seems like every day, there's another story about a woman who was publicly shamed for breastfeeding her baby. Like this mom, who was called out at her local pool for nursing, or this mom who was threatened with arrest for breastfeeding in a store.
But according to the NCSL, 49 states, including Washington D.C. and the Virgin Islands, have laws that "specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location." So while it's completely legal for new mothers to go ahead and nurse their child in public, it's society's taboos that prevent them from doing so.
It's the public shame they may face, the humiliation, eye-rolls, or rude comments that may make them choose not to do it.
World Breastfeeding Week, which took place the first week of August, touched briefly on these issues -- but there's still more work to be done.
"You know, I think people are more comfortable sexualizing breasts than relating them to what they were made for, which is feeding another human. It’s crazy.”
#JamesKnight is now 8 months old! These are the moments a mother lives for. Breastfeeding should not be taboo- and bottle feeding should not be judged- it's ALL fun for the whole family:)
"What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep..." she captioned her photo. In 2010, the model was slammed for her comments on breastfeeding and mothers.
According to Today, Pink almost got into a fight over the remark someone made about her nursing. “I think breast-feeding is healthy and natural and it’s a comfort to my baby,” she explained.
“It should be a choice for everyone. I don’t like the idea of breastfeeding being forced on anyone or anyone feeling guilty,” Olivia Wilde, mom to Otis and Daisy, explained to People.
“[Breastfeeding] is not easy — it’s messy. Like 90 percent of the time you are soaked in milk. It is a difficult thing. But it is, personally for me, a great experience.”
Victoria's Secret Candice Swanepoel posted in 2016: Many women today are shamed for breastfeeding in public, or even kicked out of public places for feeding their children. I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I've done in the name of art..? The world has been desensitized to the sexualization of the breast and to violence on tv...why should it be different when it comes to breastfeeding? -Breastfeeding is not sexual it's natural- Those who feel it is wrong to feed your child in public need to get educated on the benefits breastfeeding has on mother and child and intern on society as a whole. 💪🏼💙 👫👭 #mothernature
To People, Alanis Morissette said: “We live in a very funny society, a society that on one hand says that we’re just a sexual object … and then when this other sort of otherworldly, biological wind-in-the-hair goddess power comes out in the form of feeding our children in a very beautiful, animal way, that can actually be more intimidating.”
"Breastfeeding is just obviously really convenient with my lifestyle. I don’t know when I’m going to stop [nursing]. I’ll just keep going while I can — he’s getting his teeth so it is a little bit scary. He’s bitten me a few times!" she said in 2007 when nursing Kingston, according to People.
Molly Sims captioned a photo of her breastfeeding her third child, Grey: "BREASTFEEDING=JUDGEMENT FREE ZONE! 💙 "
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Of course, not every new mom breastfeeds, and many are just merely comfortable doing so in private. However, many feel women should at least have a choice in what they decide. So, society is clapping back at these stigmas.
Political figures are breastfeeding at work or in public to draw attention to the taboo and prove that all women are faced with these issues. Just last month, Apple announced it was finally releasing a breastfeeding emoji for its users, while malls in Colombia have recently installed breastfeeding statues to reduce the stigma.
Celebrities, too, are calling out haters by getting vocal on social media. Despite the negative comments, trolls and online attacks, they still aspire to normalize breastfeeding.
Scroll through above to see the ways celebrities are fighting against breastfeeding taboos.
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