Introduction– Publicbreastfeeding does not go against somebody else rights, and it is thebiological responsibility of the mother to feed the baby whenever andwherever it wants to eat. The issue of breastfeeding in public isoften a heated debate whereby some people support it while othersstrongly oppose it. The purpose of this paper is to argue whybreastfeeding in public should not be supported emanating fromvarious reasons like the calmness of the nursing mother, weatherconditions, and intimacy of breastfeeding.
Argument1: Affects Nervousness of the Motherandthe Child– the mother is not stable while breastfeeding in public.
Mother’s calmness is affected
Influences the amount of milk
May distract the baby
Argument2: Public Places can be Affected by Weather– the public places are not always covered, and this may affect thebaby
Public places may not be healthy
Hostile weather to the baby
Weather may affect the breastfeeding process
Argument3: Breastfeeding is a Sacred and Intimate Process between the motherand child
Breastfeeding is not intended to involve observers
Spectators cause distractions
May depict a bad image
Breastfeedingin public places refers to a situation whereby parents breastfeedtheir babies in places, where the general public is not restrictedsuch as restaurants, malls, railway stations among other publicplaces. Public breastfeeding mostly occurs due to the conveniences ithas. Public breastfeeding does not go against somebody else rights,and it is the biological responsibility of the mother to feed thebaby whenever and wherever it wants to eat. The issue ofbreastfeeding in public is often a heated debate whereby some peoplesupport it while others strongly oppose it. Some individuals evenconsider it to be a fashion that is being used by the modern motherswhile others say that the primary intention is to expose their nakedbody parts in public. The purpose of this paper is to argue whybreastfeeding in public should not be supported emanating fromvarious reasons like the calmness of the nursing mother, weatherconditions, and intimacy of breastfeeding.
Breastfeedingin public should not be encouraged because it affects the nervousnessof a lactating mother and the child (Amir, 2014). Some mothers willnot get nervous because of lactating their toddlers in public, butmost women often get distracted when breastfeeding their kids inplaces that are full of people. Calmness is usually very necessaryfor lactation because it affects the amount of milk that a motherwill produce (Brodribb, 2015). A lactating woman can produce moremilk in places that have less distraction than when breastfeeding inpublic. Therefore, babies will be satisfied with the amount of milkthat their mothers produce if lactation occurs in a private place.The desire of every breastfeeding mother is to ensure that their kidsbreastfeed to their satisfaction so that they do not suffer fromretarded growth or malnutrition. Public places usually have a lot ofnoise that in most cases interfere with the concentration of theparents that will, in turn, affect the way their bodies will releasemilk due to psychological disorders or stress. Besides, breastfeedingin an open place is more likely to distract a child from the process(Morabia et al., 2013). Children usually have a poor concentrationthat is often distracted by the slightest provocation. For example,if a parent is breastfeeding her kid in a bus stop, then it is verylikely that the shouting of people will be a great disturbance thatwill interfere with the way the child will lactate. Furthermore,some children may completely refuse to suckle in a place that theyare not calm or comfortable due to fear or shyness. Therefore, it isalways better to look for a place whereby there is calmness, and boththe participators are comfortable since breastfeeding process is anorganized action.
Anotherreason why breastfeeding should not be done in public is that it isoften affected by weather conditions and can cause diseases (Morabiaet al., 2013). Lactation will be most productive when it is doneunder conditions that are favorable to both the mother and toddler. That is, both the child and mother should be entirely comfortablewith the conditions so that the process can be suitable andbeneficial to them (Morabia et al., 2013). First, the child is likelyto be affected by hostile weather conditions like extremely sunshineor wind. Such climates will interfere with the comfort of the kid.For instance, windy weather will make the child feel cold and startshivering. Therefore, the child will not be able to concentrate wellin the suckling process, and this is likely to make it suckle littleamount of milk from the mother. Also, breasts are usually verysensitive to weather and changes in climate (Roche et al., 2015).They will release more milk when they are under stable weatherconditions like indoors than when in open fields or in public whereweather keeps on changing such that it can be sunny right now but inthe next minutes it is snowing. So, it is always good to coverbreasts from aggressive conditions and the best way to do it is bybreastfeeding in a private place like in the house (Morabia et al.,2013). Also, the wind is not good for breasts, and it can affect theamount of milk that they can produce. Hot weather is usually not goodbecause it limits skin contacts between the mother and child. This,in turn, hinders the intimacy that both the woman and child shouldhave during breastfeeding, and it can affect the process especiallyby reducing the amount of milk that the baby will suckle.
Furthermore,breastfeeding is not supposed to be done in public where there arespectators since it is a sacred and intimate process between themother and child (Friedman & Joanna, 2013). Breastfeeding is notintended to involve observers since they can hinder the way processshould be performed correctly and efficiently by the participants(Meng, 2013). Some kids will not suckle if they happen to notice thatanother person is watching them. Spectators usually causedistractions that affect breastfeeding in a negative way (Roche etal. 18). For example, some women will be shy to breastfeed their kidsin public because they mind the way other people view their nakedbreasts which are secondary sexual features (Mulready-Ward &Martine, 2014). Therefore, it is important to ensure that people usetheir body parts for the intended purposes because breastfeeding maybe taken as public seduction, in particular by those individuals whoare culturally conservative.
Tosum up, breastfeeding is imperative especially to a child because itis the only source of nourishment to a toddler. Public breastfeedingmostly occurs due to the conveniences it has. Public breastfeedingdoes not go against somebody else rights, and it is the biologicalresponsibility of the mother to feed the baby whenever and whereverit wants to eat. Therefore, it should not be taken as a fashion butrather as a primary responsibility of all the mothers who care aboutthe health of their young ones. The issue of breastfeeding in publicis often a heated debate whereby some people support it while othersstrongly oppose it. Some individuals even consider it to be a fashionthat is being used by the modern mothers while others say that theprimary intention is to expose their naked body parts. Lactation issupposed to be done in the most convenient places that will notdistract the process in any way. Distractions affect the amount ofmilk that a young one will suckle. Public areas are often filled withdistracters that influence the efficiency of the process. Also,breastfeeding is not safe in public places because they are prone toadverse weather conditions that affect the baby as well as themother. The wind and extreme sunshine are not conducive for lactationbecause they affect the breasts and their abilities to produceadequate milk for the toddler. Moreover, tranquility should be a keyconsideration in breastfeeding process since mothers produce morevolumes of milk when they are calm. Besides, breastfeeding is asanctified and intimate thus it should be done in private withoutnecessarily exposing breasts that are secondary sexual organs.Therefore, the places that the mothers choose to breastfeed theirchildren should be given a careful consideration because they canimpact strongly on the quality of the process.
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