Public breastfeeding is evil.
No, no, I don’t actually believe that. I’m referring to the people who think public breastfeeding is the nastiest thing on a planet where things like war and human trafficking exist.
The arguments against it are all some form of body policing. Advocates say, among other things, that it’s disgusting, shameful, that mothers should have “modesty,” and that breasts are “sexual private parts” (lol no try again).
Thankfully, we live in a world where many women are standing up and proclaiming that they just don’t care what people think of them and their bodies — let alone their children. Amy Schumer has been very public about her pregnancy, sharing all the gory details. Rachel McAdams posed for a photo wearing breast pumps.
Despite all of this, the act of public breastfeeding is still viewed as a statement.
Tattoo artist Katherine von Drachenberg — you might know her as Kat Von D — is known for making statements.
Von D gave birth to her son, Leafar, in November. She recently posted a photo of herself breastfeeding him with the following caption: “Getting some of that vitamin Double D! Sunshine party!”
“We try and spend daily time with Leafar outside in our front yard — especially now that he’s hit his first mental development leap at age 5 weeks,” she continued. “His heightened sense of alertness, smell and touch make going outside such a treat for him [and for us]. So much magical bliss [and boobs].”
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The video struck a chord with many mothers who praised Von D for bonding with her son in such a natural way.
One mother expressed a tinge of playful jealousy:
Motherhood appears to be agreeing with Von D, who in 2017 said she didn’t believe she’d ever be a mother.
She told Dr. Drew Pinsky at the time:
“No children for me. The funny thing is that I’ve known since I was 7 years old that I was never going to have kids. I always imagined myself as this worldly, traveling, gypsy lady. I love children, kids love me, but I think I’d make a really good buddy. I don’t know if I’d be a bad mom, but it’s not what I want. I don’t want to put my body through it.”
You never know what life has in store for you!