Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
If breastfeeding scene bothers you, just look away
DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: I'm writing about Good Mother who was criticized for breastfeeding her baby on the beach by another woman. I would much rather see a mother nursing her baby than some of the scantily-clad "look- at-how-little-I have-on" bimbos. Even a lot of older mothers dress very provocatively. I'd rather my children see a mother nursing a baby than some of the women with hardly anything on, for the purpose of drawing attention. The woman who was offended had the choice of looking or not, and if you have ever seen a mother breastfeeding, you'll know you do not see the whole breast as you indicated in your response, because the baby's head hides most if it. -- Another Good Mother
Dear Another G M: Point taken, and baby's sun hat also obscures the view. In general, selective people-watching is a good skill to promote to everybody. "If you don't like what you see, don't stare at it" is a good motto for most anything you might see on a blanket or strolling down the beach. Very few bodies are perfect and not everybody is modest, no matter how out-of-shape they are. So minding one's business and not being critical is something worth learning for beach enjoyment.
Dear Miss Lonelyhearts: I'm relieved when women choose to flip a little sheet thing over their baby breastfeeding. I just don't know where to look when a mother is breastfeeding in public and I can see it, like on this beach bench, the other day. I know she's used to it and her family may be used to it, but I'm not, and it comes as a shock to me. I quickly look the other way, but it's embarrassing. -- Young Guy, 17, Lake Winnipeg
Dear Awkward: The woman who wrote said it was an extremely hot day and she didn't want to cover the baby's head in any way. One glance is not a big deal and will not cause you more than a few seconds of awkwardness.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 22, 2010 D8
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