Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Toronto, Canada
to me, breastfeeding in public is a lot like blowing your nose or sneezing in public: it happens, and it's understandable. But it's also kind of off-putting. It never quite has its place among a group of people (I remember I used to visit a daycare to change winter floormats every couple of weeks. In one part of the facility where I had to change the floormats there were sometimes women breastfeeding out in the open. I remember just wanting to get the heck out of there as quickly as possible!).
The shame part though, I don't know. Maybe it's a legacy of class society. You wouldn't imagine the nobility breastfeeding their children in public--they probably never even did it; they could have gotten someone to do it for them. The lower classes, the peasant farmers, the "savages" of un-modernized lands, you'd imagine them breastfeeding in public in such times. and it probably carried on in the way we understand "proper" behaviour...especially through education and schooling.
"I might be great tomorrow, but hopeless yesterday"