It’s Not Porn, People, It’s Food

It’s Not Porn, People, It’s Food


s-BREASTFEEDING-SPLASH-largeA mother in Virginia, who also happens to be a member of the state Senate, plans to nurse her newborn at work, and that fact is covered by The Washington Post.

A mom in Los Angeles visits the Design Exhibit at the LA Country Museum of Art, and pauses on a bench to nurse her 21-month-old. An employee asked her to cover up, and that fact goes viral on Facebook and Twitter.

And you might have heard mention of the mother on the cover of TIME magazine who was shown nursing her nearly 4-year-old son last week? You know, the photo that was either a desperate grab for attention, a beautiful depiction of the mother-child bond, or the latest attempt to make women doubt their parenting methods — depending on who you ask?

I have one question.

Why do we care?

After all, Jamie Lynne Grumet would not have been on the cover of anything handing her son an apple or a piece of cheese. And Jill Vogel would not have made news if she’d announced that she planned to change 18-day-old Olivia’s diaper as needed during the time the baby spent with her mother in the office. And Katie Hamilton would have been left in peace to rock her sleepy daughter on that museum bench. All these tasks — feeding, changing, soothing — are mundane, repetitive, everyday actions that parents everywhere do without notice.

The thing that’s different about breastfeeding, of course, is the breast. And isn’t it time we grew up? READ MORE