There has been a huge debate over breastfeeding in public. This happens not only in the Philippines but in most countries as well. Breastfeeding a child in public is frowned upon by a number of people. The country seems to be cut in half regarding what to do about this certain issue.
There are mothers who would want the liberty to feed their baby when they need to. Plus it would be a nice open option even for mothers who don't publicly feed their child. A blogger implicitly stated that if you do not support breastfeeding in public, then you don't support breastfeeding at all.
So with that in mind, a father supported his wife's act by posting it online with a very important caption. In the picture you see a very pretty wife nursing a baby. Her right breast popping out of the neckline in order to feed the child. She wasn't wearing any towel to cover it up. Nor was she doing it in the privacy of a bathroom.
In his caption, he admits that he knows what people would say. Some would suggest covering her chest and others will demand that she do it somewhere else. But then the father raises three points to ponder.
First is that would you be able to eat comfortably if you're face is covered and hidden? Imagine if you were always covered with a towel while you eat at a restaurant or anywhere public especially when you're really hungry? The second point is could you eat your food in a public toilet? Would you want to take the food you're eating or will eat in the nearest bathroom? And third is, could you imagine not eating when you need to eat? What would you feel then?
Here the some of netizens comments:
These are all very important questions that make you sympathize with the baby that's going to benefit if public feeding was socially and legally acceptable. People resist seeing this act because first, they think that it is indecent. Breasts are not meant to be seen in public, even if it's being used by a mother for what it was meant for. There should be no flashing of any private part in public because it's morally wrong.
This could allegedly encourage assault and harassment. You could see a mixed reaction in the comments section. Some saying that what the husband did was wrong. They reinforce that showing breasts in public will result in the woman being harassed so they should watch their actions. Half say that a mother can do what she wants in order to supply the needs of her child.
What do you think is the right stand for this issue? Are you part of the majority that supports public feeding or not? Share your thoughts in the comments below!