breastfeeding in public

Breastfeeding in Public Debate Reignited by Michigan Bus Incident

Last week, it became national news when a bus driver in Michigan violated state law and kicked a woman off a public bus for breastfeeding.

In most states, a woman has the right to breastfeed wherever she and her child legally have a right to be. However, many people- unfortunately, nursing mothers among them- are not aware of such laws and thusly do not abide or avail themselves of those protections. A recent opinion piece on MLive.com in Michigan demonstrates this ignorance completely, posing the question of whether mothers “should be allowed” to feed their babies in public.

The comments section seems to be partially comprised of people who think no one should breastfeed, and people who think breastfeeding is a sacred and special bonding act between a mother and her child that should occur three stories underground in a locked bunker where no other children can possibly see because they might discover breasts aren’t only for selling beer and NASCAR.

It seems the question of whether a woman should be allowed to breastfeed in public became obsolete decades ago, but people (like the commenters) are still posing it. Do you think breastfeeding in public should even be a debate?

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