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I'm posting this in my LJ today because LJ staff? volunteers? whoever apparently decreed that default user icons that show a baby breastfeeding are not okay if they show part of the pink/brown part of the boob.

I'm not participating in the blackout that some people are doing nor am I making a breastfeeding picture an icon in any way, shape, or form. But I do think that breastfeeding is just... feeding a baby.

I understand that in our society breasts are generally sexual and that they make people uncomfortable... although I'd argue that really low-slung jeans that almost show pubic hair and definitely show ass are even more sexual and they're not getting covered up much these days. Plus I have owned shirts that showed almost as much tit as breastfeeding does, except for the 4 seconds it takes to latch on, and cover up after.

Why do I feed Noah in public at all? Because there's not a lounge around, is the answer. (Or my car is parked far away.) I don't think that Noah and I need to not go places because he doesn't drink from a bottle, so we breastfeed more or less anywhere you'd feed a baby a bottle, except we find a quiet corner and use a blanket-sort-of or a sling.

No one likes a screaming baby much either, and believe me, that's what happens if you don't feed 'em. :)

I do think it's sad that bottle feeding is a very common image for "feeding a baby" and breastfeeding is not so common because - gasp! - it involves breasts. (And because formula companies are not paying for the pictures.) Other people feel even more strongly about this and that's why they want their breastfeeding pictures up.

I think LJ is being rather silly in its application of the rules. If a baby's on the breast, the mother is wearing a baby, not naked. :) Time to get over it, LJ. But meanwhile, LJ is fine with icons that -aren't- the default ones being breastfeeding ones. So I get that they are compromising.

(However, -however- you feed your baby, as long as it's a pretty decent way, is fine with me. This is not a salvo in the feeding wars.)

As a reminder my real blog, which is sometimes more coherent than this post and sometimes less, is at http://www.multiplicity.ca/blog

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Date: 2006-06-06 01:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kynn.livejournal.com
Hey, I sent you a "hello" a few weeks ago, did you get it?

email me or something

breast feeding in public

Date: 2006-06-19 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aquilawolf.livejournal.com
I would love to see more women breast-feeding wherever they happen to be when baby is hungry and wish there wasn't social pressure to do otherwise. I can't think of anything more natural, nurturing and positive then seeing a woman taking care of an infant, and on the few occasions when I see someone breast-feeding in public I am silently giving a thumbs-up. At least LJ is compromising.

Breast feeding in public

Date: 2008-10-10 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brandon2431.livejournal.com
Hi, we haven't met you yet, but our online friend at KSOL (I forget the numbers) rocmmended that we meet you, and said you are involved with the group Dark Personalities (?)
Anyway. Back to breast feeding in public.
As far as we're concerned, of *course* a woman should be able to feed her baby naturally in public! (Duh!)
We have some strong opinions about how ignorant men can be sometimes, and feel like telling them that if they can't handle seeing a woman feed her baby (for Pete's sake) maybe they should move to Afghanistan.
Of course, some women are also of the opinion that breast feeding should only be done in private....we're guessing they were trained that way by ignarant men who can't seem to control their impulses. (Isn't there a pill for that nowdays....?)
We just spent the day doing volunteer work with a guy who has concluded that Sarah Palin is obviously a loose woman because he skirt shows her bare knees (gasp!) and she wears "hooker boots".
Personally, we didn't notice her skirt or her boots....we noticed the deer-in-the-headlights look on her face! But we don't think this guy has noticed she *has* a face....
Sad thing, that so many men have not evolved. What to do about it, we don't know. (Again, we think there are pills for it.....maybe mandate legislation that the ignorant be medicated - ?)

Anyway, it's nice to meet you. (Nice blog!) :)

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