On Sunday I was sitting in the foyer of our church building watching Little E and over heard a conversation between a woman in her early 20s and a middle aged man with a new baby. The conversation went something like this:
Woman: Where's your wife? Is she here today?
Man: She's pumping some milk for the baby.
Woman: Gross! Don't tell me that.
Man: What's gross?
Woman: I don't want to know what your wife does with her boobs.
Man: But, that's what you'll be doing one day if you have kids.
Woman: Maybe, but I won't talk about it.
That got me thinking about how much work there is to educate people about breastfeeding.
In our congregation women leave the worship service or class and go into a little room if they have to breastfeed. Many pump milk or bring formula if they want to stay in the meetings. I when I was breastfeeding I often chose to wear a cover-up or blanket and stay in the meeting while Little E ate. But I was one of the very few women who did so.
While I can see why some people, especially in a conservative Latter-day Saint area wouldn't want to see women exposing themselves all the time, it seems a little excessive to have to "hide" a normal function of life.