I spent months on my lunch break in a bathroom using a breast pump when I worked in a hospital in order to keep breastfeeding my son after a return to work. Needless to say, this touched a HEAP of nerves. We need to support women who breastfeed.
I live in New York, and I see them everywhere – on subways, in coffee shops, on park benches, lying on their sides on picnic quilts, in restaurants while others are eating around them, in buses, in supermarkets, in department stores, on the streets. Women, pulling out their breasts from under their shirts, clipping open their bras, sometimes exposing a nipple, to feed a hungry child in the middle of a public place. I see them, and I think to myself:
How in the world could anyone, ever, have an issue with this?
I am a native of Finland, and I realize that our relationship with nudity in general is very different than in many other countries, largely due to our sauna culture which is as essential to being a Finn as 4th of July barbecues are for Americans. We grow up understanding that a naked body, or bare breasts…
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