A story has taken the Internet by storm. If you’re a mom, don’t live under a rock, follow any mom Pages, open Facebook ever – you’ve probably heard this story. If you haven’t, you can read it here.
I typically operate under the “not my circus, not my monkeys” way of life, but when you put something online, you’re asking for reactions.
I’m curious why this mom felt inclined to share this with the world at all. I’m all for openness. Hell, I’m putting myself out there by writing on this blog, but still. Eventually this baby will be an adult. Eventually this baby will have Internet access. Eventually this baby will find these articles and what about this child’s peers? We all feel embarrassed when our parents tell a story about us that we wish would’ve been buried far away, but what if that story was readily available to anyone?
Now, on the one hand, maybe this child will grow up with an understanding of the situation and will be proud of this happening because he subscribes to a similar thought. On the other hand, maybe he/she won’t and this is immortalized forever.
Breastfeeding is already (still) controversial. I don’t know why. You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. In a growing movement to try and normalize breastfeeding to highlight it and try to help people better understand that it is not a sexual act, this has set the movement back tremendously. She’s given rise to something that produces clickbait articles and now people who might never read anything else about breastfeeding will read this and pass a judgment. It’s sad, really.
This is not for me. I can’t think of a world where I’d ever do what she’s doing and I sure as hell wouldn’t publish it if I did. Some things are better kept to yourself (or really, just not done at all). People comment on age and indicate age is what makes it okay, but I disagree. Just because a child isn’t aware of what’s going on, doesn’t necessarily make it okay. Just because a child may not be bothered doesn’t make it okay. Some things just aren’t okay and in my opinion, this is one of them.