Mothers shouldn’t feel uncomfortable breastfeeding, students say

Breastfeeding is economically and environmentally friendly La Leche Leader Keirsten Wyatt says.

Breastfeeding is economically and environmentally friendly La Leche Leader Keirsten Wyatt says. (Courtesy: Creative Commons/Cassie Ehard)

Imagine: you’re in a restaurant and a baby starts crying, the mother takes out her breast to feed. How does this make you feel? Should the woman leave to nurse her baby? We found out what Humber students thought.

By Shaunte Sterling

Many Humber students say breastfeeding is natural, and nursing mothers shouldn’t feel uncomfortable.

There is a stigma attached to breastfeeding in public and it continues to cause controversy, which is confusing for Humber student Vidy Matadeen who says it’s a part of life.

“It’s necessary. The child needs to be fed and its natural,” Matadeen told Humber News.

“It takes like five to ten minutes to feed the child and then it’s over. Just let it happen.”

Some breastfeeding mothers use udder covers, blankets that cover the chest while nursing, to discreetly nurse infants. Matadeen says every time he’s seen a woman nursing they’ve been wearing covers.

Fashion Arts student Jessica Gagliano says that the stigma needs to end, and women should be appreciated.

“You shouldn’t sexualize a woman for feeding her child. [A woman] isn’t taking out their breast to show people, she’s doing it to feed her child,” Gagliano said.

Gagliano says this is a part of a bigger issue that has to do with environment and how people are raised.

“It also has to do with religion and cultural [preferences] too. Some are more conservative than others.”

For healthy infants, only breast feeding for the first six months is recommended by several health organizations including Health Canada and World Health Organization.

General Arts and Science student Ebuka Ekeanyawu says the double standard that nursing mothers face should be no more.

“It depends on how you see things. Everyone else is okay with seeing a women dressed sexually or [showing cleavage]. But, when it’s in a different way it’s [considered] gross.”

In a survey conducted by a Humber student, students found excessive cleavage to be more inappropriate than a mother chest feeding her youth.

A variety of Humber students were asked questions on Oct 20.

A variety of Humber students were asked questions on Oct 20.

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