I've been looking at a lot of breastfeeding tops recently online, thinking ahead. My DD had oral issues following a NICU stay and thus I pumped for a year for her, but no feeding at the breast, so I'm well stocked with the bras but have never had to deal with breastfeeding in public. So the nursing tops are a whole new territory for me. Anyways, I've been having a hard time finding what I wanted- someone that just pulls down, or to the side, not something with elaborate intertwining layers (to wear over and already sufficiently complicated bra) that leaves exactly only your nipple exposed. It made me realize how averse we are to breast exposure. The point of most breastfeeding clothing is not easy access, but lots of coverage. I get this somewhat- like, I don't think I want my postpartum belly hanging out, and not everyone wants a lot of breast visible. But how much of these elaborate and expensive tops is for the benefit of mom and baby, versus for the benefit of not rocking the boat publicly and for the benefit of judge mental strangers? I know lots of people like these tops, so I don't want to bash that, but it just slowly came to me that not all of these tops are exactly pro-breastfeeding when you get down to it. But then again, I am not a terribly modest person generally and live in a very pro-breastfeeding and liberal area... In contrast much of what I've seen for maternity clothes in a lot of online searches looks remarkably skimpy and sexual. Like, strapless, really short dresses, tight leggings, high heels, etc. we seem happy to sexualize women then (or allow women to express their body's sexuality).