Mom's Epic Post Reminds Haters That Women Have Been Breastfeeding in Public Since Forever

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It might seem crazy, but public breastfeeding is STILL a hot button topic. For whatever reason, the debate between whether or not it's *appropriate* for moms to openly nurse in public is one that always gets haters riled up. Yet the irony is that breastfeeding isn't a new innovation. Which is why one mom's Facebook post showing the history of mother's nursing in public is going seriously viral. Rene Johnson takes issue with the idea that breastfeeding is indecent and in her latest post, she reminds all of us that not only is breastfeeding in public normal, up until the 1900's it was pretty much no big deal. So in case anyone has forgotten, women have been nursing in public since beginning of time! 

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Despite what we typically believe about our uptight historical ancestors, humans of the past were actually pretty chill when it came to breastfeeding in public. In her Facebook post which has over 38,000 likes, Johnson wrote that "it wasn't until the 20th century that breastfeeding started to be seen in a negative light."


Quoting a story written on Breastfeeding USA, Johnson wrote that "Nursing in public seemed to be a non-issue in colonial America." Yup, you heard us right. The Puritans weren't as conservative as you may have assumed -- especially when it came to a breastfeeding baby.

Johnson continued that, "Our foremothers were expected to maintain a busy household, which included feeding the baby, and breastfeeding in the market or other public areas was not a cause for uproar."

She explained that this is mostly because there was no other way to feed a baby back in the day. Which is why the Puritans, "believed breasts were created for the nourishment of children and strongly encouraged women to nurse their own babies." 

And furthermore, "breastfeeding in public was commonplace for colonial women because they lived in a society that supported breastfeeding."

Johnson also explained that there are many good reasons why covering your baby while you nurse is not ideal. This includes that new mothers need to be able to see their baby while they learn how to latch, whether or not the baby is uncomfortable or hot, or perhaps the very valid reason that U.S. law protects mothers' rights to breastfeed in any public space



Johnson's post has certainly struck a chord online, with thousands of people who support the notion that public nursing is a-okay, and surprisingly, a few dissenters who still feel like the act needs to be one in private. 

"Time and a place! Covered up in private is fine! Not in public places," one user wrote.

Although many, many more commenters felt thankful to Johnson that she slammed this common misconception. 

Like this Facebook user who wrote, "Breastfeeding is natural. It is a boob, that every human has. Our boobs just produce milk for a child's nutrition. It's so insane to me that breastfeeding is looked at as something that should not be done in public or should be covered.This is not sexual, this is humanity."

Or this awesome mom who put it best, "My mom told me that bosoms were for babies not to give shape to clothes!!"

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