if breastfeeding is creepy, then i’m a creep

July 5, 2010 § 4 Comments

There’s a great article in The Telegraph condemning (albeit gently) Kathryn Blundell’s article in Mother & Baby, wherein she stated she bottle fed her babies because: “I wanted my body back … and some wine,” and she wanted her breasts: “on my chest, rather than dangling round my stomach.”  She also called breastfeeding “creepy.”

Rowan Pelling, the author of the Telegraph article, says that in the Western world, “the porn and fashion industries have conspired to strip the bosom of its maternal function.”  This is probably an oversimplification of the problem, but it’s certainly a starting point.

Now, the question remains, how do we fix it?

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§ 4 Responses to if breastfeeding is creepy, then i’m a creep

  • Kiki says:

    Well then call me super creepy, too. We can be cree[s together.

    • Jess says:

      I would like that. I read through your blog, and I love it. You’ve got a lot of great stuff to say! Keep up the good work!

  • Mary-Tyler says:

    Jess,
    Check this out, a quote from the prominent and well respected Rabbi Shumley.

    There are two effects of breast-feeding that we often do not focus on. One is the de-eroticization of a woman’s body, as in her husbands eyes one of the most attractive parts of her body becomes, in effect, a cafeteria, and second it often means that a husband and wife can’t even sleep in the bed because the baby is either in the bed or the baby cries and takes all the mother’s attention.

    So why we must always glorify the benefits of breast-feeding, if it begins to disrupt the marriage itself we have to begin to question if the family is better off with a baby on the bottle because no matter what benefits there are to a baby with breast-feeding, these would all be severely undermined if the parents marriage itself began to crumble.

    So bascially he’s saying we have boobs for our male partners. I think the more people that do it than the less “creepy” and more mainstream it will become.

    • Jess says:

      I’ve heard of Rabbi Shumley. He got quite a bit of pushback for those comments, if I’m not mistaken!

      And you’re right — the more common it becomes, the better.

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