Americans Are Divided About Breastfeeding In Public — Meanwhile, In Iceland…

Breastfeeding in public is a hot-button issue in the U.S. Just last week, a mother of six had her Facebook account deleted for posting a photo of babies tandem nursing.

On one side of the breastfeeding debate are those who feel it’s “gross” or “immodest.” Despite being confronted with breasts and cleavage in the media, they’d prefer nursing mothers to feed their babies under blankets or in unsanitary bathroom stalls.

On the other side are moms and allies who say there’s nothing more natural than nursing a hungry baby. You don’t want to eat your dinner cramped under a blanket or in a dirty stall. Why should they?

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In Iceland, well…you could say that folks are a bit more open-minded. On Wednesday, October 12, Member of Parliament (MP) Unnur Bra Konradsdottir addressed the committee while nursing her six-week-old daughter.

No, it wasn’t a protest or statement of any kind. She was simply nursing her baby when she was asked a question, and rather than upset her little one, she kept right on nursing as she answered. As you can see for yourself, not one person in the room seemed to care.

It’s a huge difference from the way nursing mothers are treated in videos on our side of the pond. In June, a mother was nursing in Target when she was berated by a furious man.

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While it’s great to see that a kind stranger and some Target employees quickly defended the woman, it’s scary to think about what might have happened if she and her baby were alone.

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What side of the breastfeeding debate are you on? Let us know in the comments. Meanwhile, if you see a woman breastfeeding in public, just keep it movin’ and leave her alone.

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