$3,075.64 is being spent every second on pornography! So why do Americans have such a stigma in regards to breastfeeding in public? Why do women get kicked of church or other public places for breastfeeding their child? Do people feel threatened by the boob?
Breasts are mammary glands. These glandular organs secrete milk for a mammal’s young. Breast milk contains numerous health benefits and viewed as the optimal nourishment for a growing infant. However, I cannot get over how women are shunned or even looked down upon in the American society for breast feeding their own child past 12 months of age. Don’t even think about twenty-four months of breastfeeding in the American culture.
In a study done in 1996, 61% of women who breastfed their child past twenty-four months of age cited a negative social stigma, but they felt the positive benefits for their child far outweighed the repercussions they had to endure. Rockstar, PINK, is just one of many mothers that has had to put up with disgusted looks and rude remarks while breastfeeding in public. However, she will stand up for what she believes in and will continue to breastfeed her 15-month old child.
Keep in mind, that twenty-four months is only two years old! The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for two years or beyond.
As women and men in your various communities, support these new moms. Encourage them. Stand behind them. Raising a child is a community effort.
This video is the recent interview on The Dr. Drew Show of Jaime Grumet and Dr. Jeanne Ohm, D.C.. Jaime was the mother who was pictured on the cover TIME magazine breast feeding her toddler. Jaime was recently interviewed in the Pathways to Family Wellness nonprofit magazine in regards to her family’s attachment parenting style and how she stays strong with the backlash from judgmental Americans.