Have you ever felt shamed for breastfeeding in public? If so, this video will speak to you on so many levels.
Breastfeeding moms experience all kinds of shame: They're asked to leave restaurants when they dare to take care of their hungry babies. They're advised to force their kids to eat in public bathroom stalls. They're stared down, insulted, sexualized, even threatened—but what people don't seem to understand is that breastfeeding is simply how many babies are fed. When it comes right down to it, the sight of a child nursing shouldn't elicit a response that's so completely different than the one most people face when they have lunch in public.
This video nails that idea. It poses the question "what if eating was like breastfeeding?" It's tongue in cheek and it'll probably make you laugh, but it also makes an incredibly important point. After all, breastfeeding is like eating. It's something people rely on for survival, and it's an entirely natural act. If you're someone who has faced discrimination when breastfeeding your child in public, chances are this video will make you feel validated. If you're someone who doesn't believe public breastfeeding is right...well, maybe this will change your mind.
The Cafe Mom video shows a woman eating outdoors before someone rushes over to cover her with a blanket. It shows her eating a burger at a restaurant, only to find other customers glaring angrily at her. She can be seen sadly biting into her food in a bathroom stall. If you're a breastfeeding mom, all these scenes will be very, very familiar to you.
What do you think of this video? Do you agree that breastfeeding and eating in public should be treated the same way?