I sent an email to him
His piece was os incredibly offensive.
Here's my email:
When a mother drops to the floor to nurse a two month old, I can assure you it is not about YOU or "making a point" or anything like that. When you are a nursing mother and your newborn baby (2 months is so very young) starts telling you he or she is hungry, you are overcome with an overwhelming desire to nurse your baby. That mother was simply desperate to feed her newborn - period. Trust me, I am a nursing mother and that is all that is going through my head when I nurse. I promise you, it is not about you or any other man or "a cause." It is about a defenseless baby, my baby, who is in need. I suspect it is a hormonal reaction honed by years of evolution necessary for baby's survival and for human survival in general. A nursing mother's breasts will literally start leaking milk at the sound of a baby's cry - so overwhelming is the desire to nurse the baby. So, I can assure you, it's not about anything but caring for and nourishing a baby. And no baby should have to nurse in a bathroom - especially a filthy public bathroom! Seriously, would you eat and drink in a bathroom? On a toilet? There is no where to sit (which is very necessary to nurse, at least for me), and they are loaded with germs (and if a newborn get rotavirus or any other virus, it can be FATAL to the baby).
The very best nutrition for children is breast milk. There is simply no doubt about this. The American Association of Pediatrics recommends that children receive breast milk exclusively for the first six months. Nursing is not even close to being the same as urinating or having a bowel movement! A nursing mother is not having sex or masturbating - she is FEEDING a newborn. Moreover, she is doing something wonderful not only for her baby but also general public health! You should be thanking her for nursing, not condemning her. Numerous studies show that breastfed children reap the benefits not only as newborns, but as infants, toddlers and adults. In addition, mothers who have breastfed have a significantly reduced risk of breast cancer. This is good for public health - it is good for our society!
As for your statement that "one also has to ponder how this type of adult-baby behavior will eventually affect the child." I can tell you how breastfeeding a child will affect him or her: studies show that breast fed children are sick much less often - it is a food that also offers natural pain relief, http://www.pregnancy.com.au/the_plea...astfeeding.htm
Journal of Human Lactation, March 1991, and antibodies to fight illness, (such as secondary infections), http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVAugSep05p88.html
, along with emotional comfort; it is a food that scientists say may literally destroy cancer cells, http://discovermagazine.com/1999/jun/featcancer http://www.mothering.com/articles/ne...ine-chest.html
. Furthermore, studies show that when breastfed children grow up they handle stress better and have higher IQ's. Do you not want smart, physically healthy as well as emotionally healthy children and adults in our society? That is what breastfeeding does. Educate yourself, please. If you find you must condemn, then condemn the mothers (and fathers) who do not care for their children - who do not feed them (let alone nurse them), who abandoned them, who ignore their needs and their cries. It is those type of mothers who raise unhealthy children - physically, mentally and emotionally. Such babies become the adults who burden our society and communities with physical and mental health problems. The mothers who breastfeed are not only caring for their babies but they are caring for them in the best possible way! The next time you see a nursing mother think about that - think about what she is really doing for her child and ultimately for all of us.
I welcome and look forward to any further dialogue with you on this situation.