It’s hard to believe that women are still being shamed for breastfeeding their babies in public, now, in the 21st century.
As we all know, some people think that women should be ‘required’ to cover up or remove themselves from the public view when they need to feed their children, and the extremely natural process is regarded as disgusting.
Breastfeeding has officially become legal in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands just a little over a month.
One woman was absolutely tired of all of the breastfeeding shaming that we see around us every day, so she decided to set things straight once and for all. Rene Johnson took it to the social media, and she outlined the place of public breastfeeding in the American history. Her post has now gone absolutely viral, and she also added that the idea of covering up wasn’t popular up until the 20th century.
Check out the story below, and see what she had to say.
Rene shared some information to shut down people who think that breastfeeding without a cover is “a new thing”:
“Nursing in public seemed to be a non-issue in colonial America. Our foremothers were expected to maintain a busy household, which included feeding the baby, and breastfeeding in the market or other public areas was not a cause for uproar.”
“At that time, breastfeeding was the only way to feed a baby, either by the natural mother or a wet-nurse.”
“The Puritans believed breasts were created for the nourishment of children and strongly encouraged women to nurse their own babies.”
“Breastfeeding in public was commonplace for colonial women because they lived in a society that supported breastfeeding.”
Rene included pictures of women of various races in her post, and their backgrounds are at different periods in time. What’s common about them all is that they are breastfeeding their children in public.