Moms Chided for 'Putting on a Show' (Breastfeeding) in Church

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breastfeedingOh. My. Word. Are you ready for the dumbest argument against breastfeeding in public yet? When someone wrote in to the advice column at a Texas magazine to complain about women breastfeeding in church, the columnist warned women shouldn't be "putting on a show in the house of the Lord."

Putting on a show? My word. How do they feed babies in Texas?

Do they put on a dance act and sing as a marching band plays a Sousa march ... all while balancing baby on boob?

Ooh. Or maybe there's something with sparklers and whipped cream, and Katy Perry music ... all while trying to keep a hungry baby from screaming bloody murder?

Come on ladies, if it's a show she wants, we can really give her a show!

Because regular ol' breastfeeding? Ain't much of a show.

Usually it's more like a kid eating lunch, sometimes with added wailing as mom tries to discreetly get baby latched and said baby flails. Other than that, I'm not sure what kind of show writer Molly Forthright was talking about?

Or why, exactly it is -- as Forthright says -- "ick" for a mom to feed her baby in public.

The columnist isn't just against nursing in church. She also chides moms who decide to feed their hungry kids in malls and supermarkets because she feels they should wait "until you can be a little more discreet."

Because there's nothing as discreet as a baby in the supermarket screaming his head off because he's hungry and Mama can't feed him, am I right ladies?


Do you think of breastfeeding as a "show"? How does YOUR "show" go down?


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lulou lulou

Maybe it was the kind of show Isaiah was talking about.  Joyful, and all.

eleph... elephantmamaof2

You hit the nail on the head. It was a total Katy Perry California Girls production when I fed my children! It would get even wilder if I was in church!


Just kidding. I actually only nursed for a few months, but I couldn't care less where or how a woman feeds her baby. That writer is dumb. Its only a "show" if you're staring. Leave the mother alone. And to complain about them feeding in church of all places!

MomMo... MomMommyMomma

My local LLL is going to a Nurse-In in front of the Ft Worth Star Telegram -- the publication who published the response. We are several hours away from Ft Worth, so I imagine several others will be there as well. If I didn't have to work, I would go!!!

Angie... AngieHayes

I will pull my boob out when my baby needs to eat, if people got something to say, oh, I dare them, they might see my other tit WITHOUT a baby on it.

nikol... nikolita87

How did mothers feed their babies in Biblical times?? Breast feeding is nothing new! However, as a personal preference, I never did it in public places. I felt too self-conscious. I also pumped, so that if I was out of the home with my daughter I could just give her a bottle. My daughter preferred the bottle anyway because she didn't have to work as hard to get full.

miche... micheledo

I am not as good as some moms who nurse and no one even but I have gotten to the point that I can nurse in public with no cover and not show anything.

And I am a pastor's wife. Feel free to come nurse in public at our church!

mustb... mustbeGRACE

If it's too inconvenient to cover up your boobs, don't have a kid.

lalab... lalaboosh

Shut up, mustbegrace. If you can't be gracious maybe you shouldn't use that screen name...

Tawnya Plaster

I nursed in our church. I always used a light-weight receiving blanket to cover up with. No one ever knew. They thought baby was just sleeping under there. There should be nothing more natural than nursing in church, since that's the only way to feed a baby in Biblical times. It's why God created our breasts to work the way they do.

nursi... nursing3x

I have nursed all 3 of my kids. I never found it necessary to cover up, unless I was wearing a strapless shirt. I think it draws less attention, sometimes if you aren't covered up. Besides, I'm not covering my baby up and suffocating him to please anyone! I have had plenty of ppl try to talk to my nursing child before realizing it. It is the most natural thing in the world! Why else would women be given breasts? If anyone isn't comfortable with my baby eating in public that's their problem. Don't like it, don't look!

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