I recently read a Huffington Post article about a mother in China who was stopped by police for breastfeeding her 18-month-old son while she sped through traffic on a moped.
I was highly disturbed.
Breastfeeding in public isn’t my issue. It was how she went about it. What was this woman thinking? She completely blurred the line of being an overly concerned mother to neglectful mom. Who risks their child’s life on a moped?
Sadly, this isn’t the first time a mother has put her child in danger only to use “breastfeeding” as an excuse.
An Ohio mom was ticketed in 2008 for endangering a child because she breastfed as she drove on the Ohio Turnpike.
A year later in a separate case another Ohio mom was stopped by police for talking on her cell phone, breastfeeding and driving.
We all know breastfeeding is a hot-button topic for many mother’s. Bottom-line: it’s your choice.
As a woman who battled through the pain of first-time feedings, workplace challenges and fought for my right to breastfeed in a public place, I’m offended by the reckless choices these mothers made.
Any mother who would put her child in fatal danger to breastfeed clearly lacks common sense.
Unfortunately, these stories give breastfeeding a bad rap.
After reading about the moped-breastfeeding-mom, I noticed this comment from one reader: “Sad that anyone is that desperate for attention. Isn’t 18 months about old enough to send the kid to the fridge to refill his own bottle or sippy cup?”
Another reader wrote this about the Ohio mom: “Ladies a couple of things to remember: Just because you can do something, it doesn’t mean you should. Second thing to remember, there is a time and place for everything, and driving a vehicle is not the time nor the place to breastfeed. Pull over stop take care of the child then drive. Just to let you know I pull over to talk on my cell phone.”
The reader insinuates this is the behavior of all breastfeeding mothers.
It’s important for mothers to proudly breastfeed their children in public without fear of criticism, strange looks or snide comments.
So it’s crucial to separate the concepts of breastfeeding in public and negligent parenting.
Anna Backhaus, 29, is a mother of three boys and student at University of Nebraska at Omaha, interning for momaha this fall. Read more of her blogs, by clicking here.
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