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

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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