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Thu, Jun. 5th, 2008, 01:38 am

It is an enduring mystery to me that while a man will crawl naked, over broken glass, to see boobs, once a baby is attached to the business end it becomes freakish and awful.

Thu, Jun. 5th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
evilrobotshane

Personally, it's just because babies and reproduction are freakish and awful. That the boob gets tarred with the same brush is just collateral damage caused by proximity. And maybe a bit of sacrilege of a holy item.

Thu, Jun. 5th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
cartographer

What he said.

Thu, Jun. 5th, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
theadydal

Cos pregnancy, babies and mammy are not meant to be sexy and perving over a boob that is being used for it's primary function means there is a baby in the picture which sparks OMGZ pedo and the maddonna/whore complex.

Thu, Jun. 5th, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
chaya

Breasts aren't supposed to be for anything but the entertainment of men. Didn't you hear?

Thu, Jun. 5th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
saoili

Maybe it makes them feel guilty? In a sort of 'oh yeah, that's what it's for, and here's me been oggling all this time' kind of way?

Fri, Jun. 6th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
followthebird

If a woman chooses to breastfeed her baby, her baby usually needs to be feed every two to three hours (for the first few months) . It is important to feed a baby when they are hungry so they develop a good routine.

..so I feel I have two choices after my baby is born...

1. Imprison myself at home and depend on others to come to my house with food and entertainment. Limit my time outside to an hour at a time confining myself to a limited radius of my house so I don't..god forbid..offend anyone when I breastfeed.

or

2. Go outside as normal and breastfeed whenever the baby needs food even if it makes people uncomfortable - ignoring comments about how unnatural and inappropriate it is. (A colleague in work bitched about the horrible experience of watching some woman breastfeed her baby on the tube in London this weekend. It is not the first time I have heard comments like that from an Irish person.)

I think the hardest part of taking option two would be traveling on public transport. I really need to get myself a car asap.

Sat, Jun. 7th, 2008 11:19 am (UTC)
ulaire_daidoji

As my 74 Year old mum said. It was a lot easier for women to do this sort of stuff back when shawls were in fashion.

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 07:07 am (UTC)
herbiej

Eh, you do what's right for you and your hungry baby, and the hell with anyone who thinks otherwise. I'm 32 weeks along myself and am wondering the very same things (and Americans are even more prudish and nuts about this stuff than everyone else :) but I've decided to crochet me a shawl, maybe draw on some nasty messages across my boobs for the gawkers, and just do what I was meant to do any way. Fuck 'em right in the ear if they can't handle it. Congrats to you both, by the way. :)

Wed, Jun. 11th, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)
followthebird

"maybe draw on some nasty messages across my boobs for the gawkers"

he he. I nearly inhaled some tea when I read that. Sounds like a good idea.
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Wed, Jun. 11th, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
followthebird

Thanks I will definitely take up that offer. :)

I don't think I will have to worry about it for a while. I am in crutches now, so I won't be leaving the house much for a while (the physio believes I won't get much better until a month or more after the baby is born but I am hoping I will improve sooner)