The Vibe of The Boob
Dave Grohl and wife Jordan on a breastfeeding break with baby Harper
Yesterday a friend of mine posted a photo of an amazing lady doing a headstand (au natural : in le nude) whilst breastfeeding her baby. I’ve seen the image floating about le internet before, and I think it’s cute, funny, adorable and gravity defying. (See below)
This image caused a furor on said friend’s Facebook page. For posting the image of the nude head-standy lady breastfeeding, my friend was called a Nazi, a pedophile, a hippy, a communist and a coward. The image was reported and Facebook removed it quick smart. Hmm. Not cool. My friend is lovely. These comments are crazy-mean. Facebook, WTF?
I thought we should talk about this right away. So let’s talk. Let’s talk about the fact that breasts are designed to feed babies? They are full of milk ducts, little pockets of milk-making cleverness, which funnel human milk down to a nipple festooned with lots of teensy yet magical openings from which milk may squirt, leak, drip, spray or trickle. This fantastical design allows a human baby to drink human milk from a human breast. It’s ‘the vibe’ of the boob. It’s meant to be.
I understand that NUDITY can be confronting to some people. I understand that yoga can be confronting to some people. I TOTALLY understand that booby multi-tasking can be SUPER confronting too. Combine all three and I am thinking that some people’s heads spin and they probably can’t work out which part of the equation is hurting their brain and making their wowser button click on.
Let’s break it down and see where the outrage might be coming from…
If it’s the multi-tasking thing that makes you Wow, Sir. Let me tell you that is nothing. I know a lot about breastfeeding. I breastfed my own kids. I breastfed whilst talking on the phone. I breastfed in the shower. I breastfed in the bath. I breastfed in the car. In a cafe. I may even have breastfed while making cheese on toast. It’s normal. Not a big deal. I have ‘a friend’ who breastfed a particularly fractious infant whilst sitting on the toilet sobbing uncontrollably thanks to weeks of sleep deprivation. You do what you gotta do.
If it’s the yoga thing that makes you Wow, Sir (or Madam) then I get it. Yoga. It’s so stretchy. Point taken. I do not downward dog. I’m with you on that.
If it’s the nude thing that makes you go ‘Gosh!’ okay. Well. I kinda get that, because nudity is funny, sometimes sexy and often confronting. They didn’t coin the term nudie rudie for nothing. However, nude babies are born to nude women every day. Breastfeeding in the nude is usually the first thing a baby knows. Nothing weird about it. Nope. It’s not the nudie rudie kind of nude.
So if it’s the breastfeeding that makes you gasp. Um. I’ve got nothing for you. Breastfeeding is normal. Natural. Meant to be. A great choice. Ideal (if you are able to do it!)
If breastfeeding is freaking you out, I can help you with that, think of it like this: You know the story about Charlie and The Chocolate Factory? Well, boobs are kind of like an amazing real life version of that. Yep. Um. Except there is no chocolate. Also there are no oompa loompas. And luckily there is no Willy Wonka. Phew.
What there IS, however, is amazing, nourishing magical milk, made by humans for cute human babies. And these rad women who are able to breastfeed* these cute babies are growing them into awesome people. Nude, yogic, multi-tasking or not.
It’s the kind of win that is WAY better than a Golden Ticket!
*As are women who don’t breastfeed! They are rad too!
Edit : You know my friend who posted the upside down yoga lady image on Facebook to a chorus of abuse? Well her name is Lexi and she posted her story on JustB shortly after I wrote this post. You can read about Lexi’s experience as a Lactivist Pin-Up Girl here.