This morning I came across a link to an article written by Better Homes and Gardens on Facebook. I find a couple things written in the article not very tactful. The article is called "The 10 commandments of dining with little kids." One of the "commandments" states:
THOU SHALT NOT BREAST FEED AT THE TABLE
Yes, I have seen table-side breast feeding at a four-star restaurant. If at all possible, take it to the ladies room. (Note: most upscale restaurants have really nice restrooms!)
I think ALL breastfeeding advocates will find this "commandment" offensive regardless of how we feel about how breastfeeding should be done in public. As all breastfeeding moms have probably experienced, when Ethan was an infant he always wanted to eat when I ate. It doesn't matter if I fed him right before we went to the restaurant or before we had a meal in our own home. My husband always knew to grab my nursing pillow and have it on the couch before we ate a meal (it was easier to eat at the coffee table since I had to nurse while eating!). I guess the smell of food always made him hungry. I have breastfed multiple times when eating out, but I was always using a covering. No one ever gave me any weird looks or said anything to me about it. I live in an area where I hardly ever see a mother nursing in public.
Do I think breastfeeding women should nurse in the bathroom? Absolutely not! I know how the majority of restrooms LOOK dirty let alone how dirty they are. Why would I want to touch the latch on the door where other women who have been touching other things have touched, then touching my breast and all over my babies mouth?? This is not to mention touching the lid to the toilet to lower it so you can even sit on it. Oh my....
I love the Better Homes & Gardens magazine and my subscription just expired with the June issue. I am very thankful for that, but at the same time I wish I had already renewed so I could cancel my subscription and include a letter why. I am still considering a letter anyway.
I wanted to pass this along to other mom bloggers so we could spread the word. With this day and age of everyone having to be careful what they say about race, religion and "sexual preference" I think BHG should watch what they publish about breastfeeding seeing how it is protected by law.
Per reader request I'm giving you the contact information to BHG to write or email a letter below.
1716 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50309-3023
Many people are also leaving comments on BHG Facebook page and on Twitter. Feel free to add to these sites as well!!
What do you think?