Sunday, 5 February 2012

Facebook Protest

Would you like it if someone told you not to eat in public? If they said the sight of you having your lunch was "disgusting"? If they asked you to take your food into a disabled toilet and finish it there? If they said you were offending other diners with your eating?

This is what happens babies all over the western world today, not just in public, but in private homes too. I have heard of new mothers being "guided" upstairs by a relative to feed their baby in private, so as not to "upset" the older generations. This is so twisted. What makes it worse is that the mothers are so embarrassed at the request that they usually comply, making the situation look like she was in the wrong in the first place to try and feed her baby in front of other people.

There are fantastic articles out there on this, and I'm not even going to try to go into the details. I'm just saying I'm mad about it, I'm angry for the babies and the mothers, and I'll be freezing my tits off tomorrow morning in support of us all. God knows I had hundreds of supporters when my breastfeeding was dissed on national tv last month, it's the least I can do. Read my reaction here.

This is the "disgusting" photo I had to defend on live TV.
Facebook has been deleting accounts of mothers who post photos of themselves breastfeeding their babies. They are saying the photos have sexual content. This is the crux of our society's problem with breastfeeding, the fact that some ignorant people (so many!) still think that breastfeeding has ANY sexual slant. I WISH! I'd be grinning ear-to-ear for the last 3.5 years if it had.

So for anyone out there who's free tomorrow morning, please join us, even on your coffee-break, we'd love to see you. Facebook Headquarters, 10.30am-12 pm, Hanover Quay, Dublin 2. It's being organised by Friends of Breastfeeding, so check out their Facebook page here and sign the online petition please here, especially if you can't make it. You don't have to have a baby, you don't have to have breasts. You just have to have a sense of justice. There are babies everywhere having health problems because their mothers have not felt supported enough to continue breastfeeding. This has to stop. Facebook has such a huge influence on us all, we can't let them get away with it.


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