It's 2012. Why are we still debating about breastfeeding in public?
Why why why? Babies need to eat. Mommies can't sequester themselves inside the house for two years - which is the length of breastfeeding that the World Health Organization recommends - with their babies. Therefore, babies will need to eat in public. Not everyone can pump (I only got drops, ever). Breasts are for feeding, their sexual assignation is secondary, and OMFG the world is on fire and don't we have better things to worry about than boobs?
But a professor at American University breastfed her sick infant during a lecture and now the blogosphere is all "ZOMG!" debating it. Yawn.
The only question I have, which may or may not be fair, is, "Where was the baby's dad?" Why couldn't he take the baby for the hour so that Mom didn't have to cancel class? I breastfed all three of my kids - Jack for 17 months, Claire for 22, MG for 28. And I would not have been able to do it without BJ's support.
Moms can't care for children in a vacuum - we need the support of our children's fathers, of our friends and family, of our community... It's just crazy that in 2012 we still expect that 1) moms should be solely responsible for the care of their children, and 2) moms should never ever breastfeed in public. It's insane.
I just find the whole debate so tiring, now that I'm out of that phase of parenting. After 5 years of personally breastfeeding, I can only shake my head that it's still an issue at all.