To the editor:
Thank you for writing the article Public discomfort Still Persists with Breastfeeding, Oct. 21 Capital News.
Isn’t it a shame that you even have to write something about the most natural thing in the mammalian world. I am the proud father of a healthy 10-month-old who has breast fed from 20 minutes after birth until she naturally weens herself. I hate it when my wife feels she cannot be comfortable providing my daughter with what she needs.
No mother should feel uncomfortable about breast feeding at anytime, anywhere, especially a one-month-old. As Sandy said: “not much shows while feeding”.
If anyone cares to look at what should be the norm rather than the exception they will realize this. If you take your child to the beach in Kelowna, your child will see as much if not more boob than a breast feeding mother. The beach is about vanity, breast feeding is about health.
Society needs to take a reality check. In regards to the article, I don’t see what is unsafe about exposing any child to a nursing mom. Instead of trying to cover up the situation and compound the ignorant stigma, embrace it. If another kid makes a comment or asks a question, respond to them in a positive way and “teach” them.
Get over yourselves, North America. Wake up to the fact that the start of a child’s life is about the bond with his or her mother and community. If we hide mom and baby away, how will the next generation ever understand that this is how babies are supposed to get milk? Do all kids believe milk only comes from bottles?