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(I'll be on Great Day St. Louis again today at 10 a.m. on KMOV Channel 4 to discuss this post, much to the delight of my mother. I (or Carol) will be reading a few of the comments you left on that one on air. I don't know whose comments they chose in advance.)

My latest episode is up at Momversation and it's about [drumroll ...] breastfeeding and bottle feeding! More particularly the weirdo perverts who have problems with public breastfeeding and the weirdo busybodies who think it's their place to criticize you if you use formula to feed your child. If you've read this website for over a year, you'll remember the hoopla caused when I wrote a column in defense of public breastfeeding for a printed paper and the ****storm caused from it (including my subsequent removal, the hundred of subscribers who wrote to tell me that public breastfeeding was "slutty," "unladylike," "inappropriate," et al.) because how dare I use the term "boobs" instead of something like "chestal region." Ahem.

So obviously I gots me some intense fillings about it. (As does Rebecca, evidenced below.) If you have a problem with public breastfeeding you are a pervert. Stop staring at women's chests. If you have a problem with formula feeding, you need to get a life and realize that your offensively nosy actions preclude you from a mother-of-the-year award. Thanks!

Have you ever had a problem with someone trying to get all in your business with regards to breast or bottle feeding? Did you struggle with anxiety because you were afraid of others' reactions if you nursed in public or made your child a bottle? How did you handle it?

The public breastfeeding debate


This week's column concerns the hoopla surrounding Baby Talk Magazine's August cover. It features a topless woman! Here is the article I referenced in my piece. I am not a lactivist because I am not trying to change the already inherent right a woman has to breastfeed anywhere she darn well chooses; I think the bigger battle lies with trying to stop America from sexualizing how a child eats. Doesn't this country do that with enough already? My word, they made Barbie a ho!

I strongly encourage new visitors to read the comment/letters policy before commenting as I will eliminate any trolls for this topic (obviously not all of the new visitors are trolls, that sounded awful, just a high number seem to be drivebys), though judging from the morning mail it looks like that won't happen.

*ADDENDUM: I cross-referenced the topic over at ClubMom - "Breasts are only gross when they're NOT being used for sex. This exact thinking is the reason why the redneck is indigenous only to North America" - but in a different vein: breastfeeding during church. I wasn't kidding when I said that I nursed my kids EVERYWHERE.

**UPDATE: I will post a rewrite of this column within this post shortly.

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