Recent articles regarding breastfeeding have spurned controversy regarding what is appropriate breastfeeding behavior in public. Tasha Adams, 28, was arrested at a Gusanos Pizza in Arkansas because she had a beer before and during the breastfeeding of her baby. Last month, during her graduation ceremony, Karlesha Thurman, 25, took a breastfeeding selfie and posted it on Facebook. Both incidents have inspired many other moms to defend these two women against their critics and stand united in the sisterhood of traveling baby pampers. Is it OK to breastfeed in public?

 

Though the police arrested Adams and later dismissed the case, people were still critical of her decision to breastfeed while drinking.   The incident led to an uproar of surprisingly forthright commentary that occurred on blogs and social media pages around the nation.  Many equally defended and criticized Adams for her behavior.  Those in support, went as far as admitting that they too drank wine and beer during their breastfeeding. Have we have become a nation of drunken breast feeders crying for the next happy-hour feeding?

 

In a similar but unrelated incident, Thurman had a picture taken of her breastfeeding during her graduation ceremony at Long Beach State University. She posted it on a Facebook page dedicated to breastfeeding and what transpired next was yet another controversial stance of mothers against critics. Although there  was no drinking involved, some critics took to Facebook to say that breasts are for pornography, sex, and feeding activities, which ought to be done in the privacy of one’s own home. However, moms in support of Thurman presented their own counterarguments, saying that breastfeeding is not to be done with shame or cover-ups, and critics should cover their own head if they do not like to see a mother feeding her baby.

 

It is obvious that public breastfeeding is an issue that is not going away any time soon; it will certainly be interesting to see what transpires next for both mothers and the public.

 

What are your thoughts of mothers breast feeding in public? Is it wrong for individuals to criticize women who publicly breast feed? Share your thoughts in the comments or tweet me @Kelseymbro