One of the best gifts to mothers is to be allowed to feed their babies anywhere on demand. It is considered so important that global breastfeeding week is being launched to bring more awareness on the value of breast milk to babies. As women strongly believe breastfeeding is a baby’s human rights to nutrition or nourishment so demand the space and suitable provisions to be made when out and about to feed the baby. Adults have restaurants to ensure they are able to eat yet babies seen being fed is frowned upon. Also, breastfeeding in public has been a long debated issue. Many people believe it is a natural thing while others believe it should be done in the privacy of own home. But many mothers don’t want to spend their years stuck at home or feel they have to hide something because it makes other uncomfortable.People eat every day outside, but we do not feel embarrased when others watch them eat. Pressure is put on mothers to not breastfeed in public. So are fighting back to defend their baby’s right to be fed when needing food. The debate is ongoing whether mothers must not be seen breastfeeding or be hidden in the closet in some cases in a toilet to feed a baby in such an unhygienic setting. So many mothers are campaigning with famous actresses to bring awareness to the public. Many reasons contribute to negative attitude toward breastfeeding. The breast is considered by a few as a fashion accessory. Therefore not seen primarily as source of food for babies.The breast is treated as part of intimate sexual pleasure so seen as almost equal to other private parts of the Body used in sex. Some feel using breast sags and affects their body beauty shape so do not use breat to feed babies. All these perceived attitudes override needs of defenceless babies competing with the giant baby formula glamourising sales of cow’s milk few mothers breastfeed. The mother’s body is too posh for baby so breastfeed placed less above babies’ mother’s natural milk use. Research shows babies breastfed benefit greatly in many ways. Hence mothers asking to be allowed to feed babies as adults are able eat anywhere at anytime food is available. Many people have taken part in a series of photos to advertise breastfeeding in a more positive light.1.Ivette Ivens did a photo series of the women #BreastfeedingGoddesses to dispel the myth that when people see mothers breastfeeding it can be messy, uncomfortable or painful but mother’s instincts tell a different story. Nursing is a love at it’s purest form. Ivette Ivens, award winning art photographer who can take stunning photos that help women feel to relive emotions they had from that moment. So knows problems of breastfeeding she created the photo series to put mothers in different light. It was well received bringing awareness to issues of women and breastfeeding was able to publish a 188 page, hardcover book titled Breastfeeding Goddesses. 2. Illinois law requires Chicago airports to provide lactation rooms. Soon breast feeding will become much easier at two major airports in Chicago, Illinois. A new law that was passed mandates that O’Hare and Midway International airports must have lactation rooms set up by 2017. Labeled as “Mother’s Rooms,” they are tranquil spaces for mothers who want to breastfeed their children in a private setting. They can be found on Terminal 1 at B Concourse across from Gate B10, Terminal 2 on F Concourse between gates E5 and F8, Terminal 3 at the Rotunda next to the Yoga Room, and Terminal 5 near M14. Chicago’s O’Hare airport has been very progressive in making the airport a kid-friendly space. They have the “Kids on the Fly” exhibit where parents and caregivers can let their kids play and unwind. Smaller airports in the state will need to have private rooms in their terminals as well.3. Mother-daughter moment Argentine National Congress. Argentinian MP, Victoria Donda Perez breastfed her 8-month-old daughter in the middle of a parliamentary session. It was captured on camera while the Argentine National Congress was being held in Buenos Aires. It was captured on camera while the Argentine National Congress held in Buenos Aires. Others are not so receptive so ask the mothers breastfeeding to cover their face while doing so. There is a notice board telling mothers to cover their faces. Mothers put up with a lot in life Breastfeeding Mama Talk cover up.4. After a sign was posted telling the women to cover themselves while they arr breastfeeding, started the online Breastfeeding MamaTalk hashtag #ThisIsHowWeCoverBFMT. Women are to cover up their faces left their nursing breasts exposed to cover our faces when we breastfeed. Though families sitting at the dinner table are not required to cover their faces. Here are interesting facts on breastfeeding which gives you a fresh perspective on nursing. But why a naked baby makes breastfeeding pointmore appealing on front cover we do not really fully know or understand. More nursing women on magazine covers. Nicole Trufino was on the cover of Elle Australia nursing her four-month-old son, Zion. This wasn’t staged or set up. Editor-in-chief Justine Cullen stated, completely natural moment resulting in powerful picture.” Doutzen Kroes was on cover of VogueNetherlands breastfeeding her baby. In 2012, Time magazine had a woman breastfeeding on its cover.6. Target supports in-store nursing for customers. Target is making mother’s feel more welcomed in stores than ever. Target supports breastfeeding in any area of their stores, including fitting rooms. They recently got praised for because of their policy that was posted in a breakroom for their employees. They also have trained their staff on how to interact with women nursing. Guests may openly breastfeed in our stores or ask where they can go to breastfeed their child. When this happens, remember points:
- Target’s policy supports breastfeeding in any area of our stores, including our fitting rooms, even if others are waiting
- If you see a guest breastfeeding in our stores, do not approach her
- If she approaches and asks you for a location to breastfeed, offer the fitting room (do not offer the restroom as an option) If any questions, partner with leader.
- 7. Recently 25 moms showed up and began breastfeeding their children at the front of Marshall’s. A store that had an opposite response from mothers was Marshalls. A woman was forced to breastfeed in a bathroom stall after she requesting a fitting room by Marshall’s employee.
- Karina Gomez was forced to breastfeed her child in a bathroom stall at a Marshalls store. She took a picture of herself and posted it up on Facebook, “Yes, this is me sitting on a toilet feeding my sweet, Katalina Maria, after denied my right to breastfeed where I wanted to by #marshalls employee.
I was denied to breastfeed in a dressing room, instead I was directed to a bathroom stall to breastfeed. What a way to treat breastfeeding customers, shaming them for breastfeeding, making them feel embarrassed that you need to feed your child. I am angry, upset, but more so humiliated. My rights have been violated. Please share to get the word out so after posting up photo on Facebook, a group of outraged mothers in Oregon staged a nurse-in. Marshall’s staff immediately reached out and apologized.8. Pollution from local factories was poisoning women and children. Phyllis Omido was a single mother who was breastfeeding her child. After three months, her son became violently ill and was hospitalized. After learning that her breast milk was making her baby sick, Phyllis Omido wanted to find out why. She discovered that many women in Mombasa were also suffering from lead poisoning. Her son’s medical bills were over $2,000 and after finding out the cause, the company tried to pay her off to silence her. She worked for years to get the smelters that were emitting the fumes and releasing waste water into the water to stop. She was a 2015 Goldman Prize Recipient in Africa.9. Female military personnel if active, reserve or guard want to breastfeed while serving tcountry. Breastfeeding has been proven to help baby’s physical and mental growth development, but also helps benefit the women as well. Recent research at Brown University studied MRI scans of babies. Infants that were breastfeed showed improved brain development compared to babies just on formula alone. Breastfeeding also helps the mother and child bond in the critical first few years. The site helps women approach breastfeeding while on active duty. The site gives women the resources and military policies about breastfeeding in the workplace.10. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen fights for breastfeeding during hairdressing session with baby on her lap. Gisele Bundchen spoke with Harper’s Bazaar UK that breastfeeding should be mandatory for all women with infants younger than six months. Several months later she posted a photo on Instagram of her breastfeeding while her beauty team helped her get ready. “My intention in making a comment about importance of breastfeeding has nothing to do with the law. It comes from my passionate beliefs about children. Being a new mom has brought a lot of questions. I feel like I am in a constant search for answers on what is the best for my child. It’s unfortunate in an interview sometimes things can seem so black and white. Celebrities who are supporting the breastfeeding movement are Gwen Stefani, Natalia Vodianova, Jaime King, Kristen Bell, Alyssa Milano, Penelope Cruz, and Pink.
11. Not ‘still’ nursing, just nursing.” Most women begin to wean children off breastfeeding after 12 months, and those who continue to breastfeed are seen as weird, overbearing mothers. But that is a huge judgemental misconception. No mother should feel judged for how she raises her child, and it is a natural and beautiful thing. Natalie McCain, created a photo series of mothers nursing their children. She hopes to open the eyes of people who wrongfully judge women with extending nursing. “The question that bothers me the most with full-term nursing is, ‘When are you going to stop?’ Why do I have to stop? Do we have to have a date in mind? My child feels comforted, she is smart, confident, and independent so nursing isn’t holding her back in any way! She loves to nurse, she loves to be close to me. Let’s face it, all these cute little faces grow as teenagers one day and want nothing to do with the parents if not oxytocin attached.”12. Mixed feelibgs often about women breastfeeding in public. More than 57% of the public population in America are uncomfortable with public sighting of breastfeeding. Only 42 states have laws protecting women’s right to breastfeed in public, but many mothers are still being asked to move into private areas like bathrooms to breastfeed. A social experiment on YouTube with hashtag #normalize breastfeeding pumping breast milk seen as despicable thing. There were many different reactions from men and women varying from total disgust to indifference.Susan Kane, editor in chief for Babytalk knows the difficulties of breastfeeding in the workplace as well. “You need also a private place to pump. Sixty percent of women with small kids are in workplace full time. You have to make a living. On top of it, you’ve got negative public attitude.” Breast milk protects babies from colds, flu, and other infections, pneumonia, mental aptitude diarrhoea. It helps burn up to 500 calories a day.Black women breastfeeding white babies were mandated by the slave owner that only one breast could be used to feed the white child…if she switched up and let both black and white babies suckle from the same breast, she could be whipped because it was like them sharing the same water fountain. It is amazing and interesting to see this pictures in living history!