-this beautiful picture courtesy of the Fresno county Breastfeeding Friendly Campaign website.
I wish I was joking, or exaggerating, but sadly these are the exact reactions that people have been posting lately on twitter. I follow some pretty kick-ass people on twitter. Some of which make it a point to RT these disgusting and ignorant tweets about breastfeeding. I try not to respond. I try to control myself. But as a breastfeeding mother who lives in a country that actually has several laws to PROTECT breastfeeding mothers, I can't help but respond.
If you read something that said: "Breast feeding in public is detrimental to my health, therefor should be banned!" wouldn't you feel compelled to respond? I can't find the source of that tweet but it was some idiot.
I do wonder if I'm wasting my time arguing with idiots on twitter, but I can't help but confront some of these people and their ignorant attitudes towards breastfeeding mothers.
In case you don't believe that people can be so stupid, here are some actual tweets I have seen in just the last few weeks that will convince you humanity is screwed.
But first here is a cool campaign in the UK to help promote and normalize breastfeeding.
And now. The ugly truth:
Seriously. The above tweets are real and have not been altered in any way shape or form, except that the tweets have been copied and pasted into this blog post and the responses to the tweets have not been posted. Hey that's the beauty of a PUBLIC forum like twitter right? Your ignorant comments can be memorialized on the internet FOREVER.
I'm done for today.
Happy breastfeeding. In PUBLIC. Or wherever and however you should choose to feed your baby.