Originally Posted by sewmom
Yet the Maxim, Swimsuit, and Playboy magazines on the next row are okay?
Even my husband said that the picture is so cropped that you can't really tell if it's a breast... just a cute little baby snuggled up to its mommy.
Ya know at first glance I thought it was a shoulder, (obviously not looking very hard...). I think it's very tastefully done, and what a beautiful baby!!
I will say this - until a year ago when my friend came out to visit me, I had never seen someone up close and personal breastfeeding. When they did visit, it got me thinking. No one in my family ever breastfed 'out in the open'. None of my friends families did either. And to be quite honest in most of the places I have lived, it's not something openly done either. Thankfully, I live in a pretty okay place now, and there is (alas) a mix of people who openly breastfeed and the people who don't like that they do.
I believe that the only way to make this more 'acceptable' is not to shove it in people's faces (which I don't think this mag did in ANY WAY, I might add, referring to straight out in your face lactivism 'why isn't your baby breastfed? You are a bad parent if you don't breastfeed ect ect') but just to keep on doing what we are doing. Breastfeeding in public, and honestly and openly answering people's questions, responding positively to their remarks, and educating anyone who will listen. Some people have a negative reaction because they were raised with one. Not because they are ignorant or stupid. Now that doesn't justify their adverse reactions, it doesn't excuse it. The more often people see it, the more open and friendly we make ourselves as resources for people with questions, the more acceptable it will become. I personally think that they should cover the mechanics of breastfeeding during sex ed. They may now, but when I was in school, they sure as heck didn't. It's a sexual area of the body with a basic biological function, why not teach about that too?
I don't know where I am going with this anymore. Anyways, that's my .02.