#1: I love Etsy. #2: I love this hat. #3: This topic lights my fire. You’ve been warned.
If you’ve ever breast fed your baby in public, you know how people can’t help but stare, sometimes with a look of disgust that a mother DARE feed her hungry kid the best food that ever existed in a public place. I’ve been that mom before and I’ll be that mom again. To me, this hat says: F YOU, you judgmental, insecure, insensitive, nosy a-hole! Don’t want to see my boob? Well here, now you can really feast your eyes on a boob, and a big one at that. Go ahead and look, I want you to, jerk. And you want to know what really chaps my ass? When it’s women casting the dirty looks! (Do you sense how angry this makes me?)
It also says I’m a mom with a sense of humor and do not feel ashamed for breast feeding in public. Here’s the thing: at the time of this writing, there were more 7 billion people in the world. (If you want to see how many there are right now, go here. It’s impressive.) So if roughly 50% of the world’s population is female, that means about 3.5 billion people are female. And since the overwhelming majority has two boobies, there are about 7 billion milk-makers on the planet! (14 billion if you count male boobs.) Why is getting a glimpse of side boob such a big freaking deal??!!
And while I’m on the topic of breastfeeding, I just read this piece about a Texas judge who ruled that breastfeeding is not covered under discrimination laws. He writes, “Lactation is not pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition,” after a mom was fired for requesting to pump upon her return to work. Really? Lactation is not related to pregnancy? Or childbirth? Well then, I better get to the hospital fast because there must be something terribly wrong with me. The Huffington Post article notes that, “President Barack Obama’s health care law addresses breast feeding and requires employers to give new mothers a break to nurse, but it doesn’t specifically protect women from being fired if they ask to do so,” and in this case it wouldn’t apply anyway because it happened a few years before the health care law became official. Employers need to recognize that allowing women to pump on the job is a benefit to the baby, the mom, AND the company.
So, lady who got fired: I think you should go sit in front of your old employer’s office while breastfeeding your baby who’s wearing the Boobie Beanie.
I really could go on and on about this topic but, instead, I want to hear what you have to say. What are your thoughts about the Boobie Beanie and breast feeding? Would you have nursed longer if your company were more supportive? Have any zingers to share for those rude people who stare? Leave a comment!
Update: If you want to hear more about the laws in question and how they affect you, Kevin Sanderson, an employment lawyer who is an expert in discrimination, will be writing a guest post for us next week all about it. Check back to find more about about these laws!