I recently have read an article online about a woman getting kicked off the bus for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding mom kicked off Michigan-bus When I read this I was really interested in the story because, I have had something similar happen to me. While women who breast feed in public are normally protected against laws normally prohibiting a nudist from nudism, many people are still so against the naked body. That such a normal body function such as breast feeding is attacked. It surprised me the way people view the body, after all of the W.I.C. and government campaigns encouraging mothers to breast feed no matter what. I was kicked off a government funded city transit.
When I was on the bus, I tried my best not to feed my infant. We had already been on the bus for an hour, and it was in the city of San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio, Texas is the eighth largest city in the United States. The northern half of the city was the more wealthy area of the city, and as assumed all of the doctor’s offices were on the northern half of the city as well. So in order to see my daughter’s pediatrician, I would have to endure a one hour and thirty minute bus ride across the entire city.
She began to get tired and cry, and people were looking angrily at me on the bus. This made me nervous because it makes a woman feel like a bad mother when her child is crying and people look at her with so much anger. It is a mother’s job to care for her child and keep the child happy and healthy. So I at first tried to hide it. Not only that, but when a child cries your body reacts. Your breasts fill with milk, and your body wants to feed the child. When your breasts become full they get hard, and then heat up. You can develop a fever and become ill if your breasts stay gorged for too long. It is very painful. So I tried to cover myself and feed my daughter. Mind you I was raised not to be ashamed of my nudity, and my mother is a nudist. So I don’t hide when I am at home or when I am around family.
I just sit at the dinner table and cross my legs up in my chair indian style, then cradle my child in my knees while she nurses. This was my average everyday occurrence. Small infants who don’t eat solid foods breast feed every two hours. If they don’t they get very upset, and do cry very loudly. I felt awkward and ashamed; I moved to the back corner of the bus with my child then covered her and my breasts with a baby blanket. This was so horrible and awkward, no one should feel ashamed of their body to the point where they have to hide it not even a nudist. My daughter was not used to this either. She thought I was playing a game, so she began to giggle and threw the blanket off. Almost as if I was playing a game of peek-a-boo with her. I tried to keep her covered, but it was fruitless. After all how many people want a blanket over their head while they are eating? I know I don’t. So I left the blanket off of her, I thought about nudity and being a nudist when I did.
I pulled the blanket off her folded it and set it next to me. If anyone stared at me and my breasts while feeding a child then they were a pervert in my mind. This made me think about a photo I saw of a woman completely covered with a burka head to toe, you couldn’t see anything of her except her breast while she fed her infant. If a society that doesn’t allow a woman to even show her face allows her to breast feed in public exposing her breasts. Then why can I not do it as well? Well it turned out that our society is really backwards, because I was thrown off the bus after one of the men who were staring at me awkwardly complained to the bust driver. What if I was a nudist? What if I was on that bus totally stark naked, did I not have a right to be in my whole and entirety? When I say whole and entirety, what I mean is naked is our original state of being, why is it so sexual and perverted to everyone?
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