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Brigianna, I don't see what's the difference between what you call "personal comfort" and social expectations? Do you use a drape when nursing in private, for your personal comfort? Or only in public? Because in the latter case, I'd find it very hard to not see it as guided by social expectations, and in that case I wonder why you don't seem to be interested in discovering the implications of your adherence to social expectations for other women, for women in general...
If your "personal choice" is causally related to how other people would view your body (and unless you use a drape when no other people are around, it cannot be denied such a relationship exists) it would seem logical that you do not distinguish between a nursing relation and other people's rights to interfere with it (by criticizing, observing or opinionating), so sure it is related to the basic principles of lactivism! (namely the right of the nurser and nursling to conduct the business of their nursing relation without interference or obstacles from the outside)
From the pictures I've seen, I also believe the fashion police should make drapes illegal, but that's a diff story
YOu could be sitting in church "draped" so as not to offend, or feel offensive. That's still the same thing Brig. You have to be able to see that.
I think Bullfrog is saying not that the picture itself is shameful, but for a woman to cover up her baby and not be able to see that wonderful moment simply because they are in public means she has bought into the shame that is heaped and thrown at women everyday about their bodies, and using their breasts specifically for what they were designed for.
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