Sunday, January 10, 2010

Showing Breast

We were waiting for my mom's turn for a consult at the hospital this morning when I saw two ladies with jilbab breastfeeding their babies. They didnt wear special breastfeeding clothing, or putting cloth on top of their baby's head to cover them while feeding, but they were discreet enough.

I think it's a beautiful scene, a breastfeeding woman.

In Indonesia, it is more acceptable for women doing that in public than in Europe, I guess. I remember reading and hearing people objecting to women breastfeeding in public while I was there.

I found it interesting that doing something wonderful like that is frown upon, while you can see women walk around with only a lick of paint covering their breast in public. Alright, the latter is not ordinary everyday scene, but still it happens and under the pretext of 'arts' they get away with it.

What makes a breastfeeding woman a problem to these people? Is it the act of baby's sucking the breast, or is it the showing of breast it self?


colson said...

You are absolutely right, as far as I'm concerned. I can't think of any reason to frown on public breastfeading. So I'm amazed about my prudish compatriots.

It is an extremely healthy treat to the baby and a moving experience of beauty to anyone else.

yang punya said...

I think that's part of the reason why breastfeeding in Europe is not as high as in Developing Countries. If I'm not mistaken very few babies in OECD still breastfeed by the time they are 12 months, most of the time they get about 3 months of breastfeeding. Compare to around 6 months over here.