Breastfeeding Bullies Are Already on Kate Middleton's Case

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Kate MiddletonPoor Kate Middleton! As if it isn't enough that the Duchess has had a rough pregnancy, now there's demand that she bare her "royal orbs" and breastfeed the royal baby in public. Beverly Turner, a British TV presenter and mother of three, demanded in an op-ed in the Telegraph that Kate turn herself into a martyr for the breastfeeding cause.

How dare she?

Let's just set aside the audacity of calling out Kate's boobs as the "royal orbs" (she also referred to Kate's milky bosom). Demanding a woman breastfeed in public is, in a word, unfair.

Yes, I know, breast is best. Before you get your panties in a wad, I get it!

But breastfeeding is still a very personal issue, and it gets even more personal when it comes to where a mother chooses to nurse her baby. Our breasts may cease to be sex objects when a baby latches on, but we mothers do not cease to be human beings with personal feelings about our bodies and breasts both ... and about who looks at them.

Our breasts may do wonderful things for our babies, but at the end of the day, they are still OUR breasts, not our babies', and certainly not those of anyone else ... breastfeeding advocates or looky loos.

Let's not forget that the Duchess, in particular, has already dealt with invasive paparazzi taking photos of her breasts. That was not a pleasant time for her or for the prince, and they're unlikely to want to go through a similar ordeal.

Nor should they have to.

Isn't it enough for her to say, "Hey, I'm breastfeeding" to be used as a great celebrity example? Does she really have to "get [her] milky bosoms out and feed smiling in paparazzi pictures," as Turner demands to make that point?

I don't think so. After all, those of us who suffered with hyperemesis gravidarum didn't need to see the Duchess actually bent over a toilet to be grateful that she'd brought attention to a cause so near and dear to our hearts.

So let's leave the Duchess of Cambridge's breasts alone, shall we? And while we're at it, leave other mothers to make their own choices about where they nurse their babies?

What do you think of the demand that Kate Middleton breastfeed in public? Is that really fair?

 

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