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Stop The Presses Beyonce Breastfeeds!

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Stop The Presses Beyonce Breastfeeds!

Beyonce with hBlue Ivy. Carter Family/Ed Burke for Photo
Beyonce sparks public breastfeeding debate.  Whoop-ti-do!!  Apparently, the star was seen nursing Blue Ivy at a public restaurant.  I'm baffled that this is making national news.  Some people frown upon mothers choosing to nurse out in the open, and I don't get it.  I've been nursing for 18 months strong and make no excuses for breastfeeding Princess in public.

I've nursed just about every where.  Don't get me wrong, I never completely exposed my boobies.  But if I happened to be eating at a restaurant,  I've whipped it out right there.  Why should I have leave the table and go to the bathroom?  That's just gross.  There's no reason why Princess can't eat with us at the table.  I know a lot of folks may disagree.  So what!  At the end of the day, I'm happy and my baby's happy.  I'm careful and discrete enough to not let patrons get an eye full.  If they do, oh well.

I remember nursing in the middle of a shopping mall.  I really didn't care who saw.  My baby girl was starving and cranky, so I did what I had to do at the time.  An employee saw me and kindly informed me of a comfy lounge for nursing moms, which I thought was very nice.  But let's face it, if there are tons of people around and your child is screaming for food then a mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do.

That's exactly what Beyonce did.  I just don't understand why it's such a big deal.  Nursing moms do it all the time.  However when you factor in the statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2010, I can sort of understand why some may feel that it's a huge deal.  A reported 54 % of black (non-Hispanic) moms breastfeed, in comparison to 74% white, and 80% Hispanic.  One blogger feels that stars like Beyonce will encourage more black women to nurse

While I would love to see the stats for nursing black moms rise, the reality is that it may not be right for everyone.  It doesn't make them bad moms.  It's just a personal choice.  Kudos to Beyonce for breastfeeding beautiful Blue Ivy!  But, I don't feel that we should appoint her as a breastfeeding trailblazer for us.  I just think all women should educate themselves about the benefits of nursing.  Then make a conscious decision as to whether or not it's right for them.  You shouldn't do it because a celebrity makes it "cool."

As for me, I'll continue to wear my breastfeeding badge with pride.

Would you consider nursing because a celebrity does it?

Weather Anchor Mama

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At March 6, 2012 at 7:50 AM , Blogger Quiana said...

I know, right? I was so annoyed when I heard this was news. However, I do have to say if she can help jumpstart a trend of more black women breastfeeding that's great!

At March 6, 2012 at 8:40 AM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

Maybe she'll start a breastfeeding campaign. I'm just sick of celeb trends. More black women to choose to nurse because it's a healthy option. Not because its trendy and Beyonce makes it look cool.

At March 6, 2012 at 9:44 AM , Blogger Kimmygurl said...

I thought the same thing when I first heard this "BREAKING NEWS" but the big deal isn't because she was breastfeeding. She kept her entire pregnancy/delivery a secret it's a little strange that she would be breastfeeding in public. The conspiracy theorists that don't believe she actually gave birth think that she is doing this to convince everyone that has doubts.

At March 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

Shame on those conspiracy theorists. They should educate themselves a little more. Adoptive moms have been known to breastfeed.

At March 7, 2012 at 2:30 PM , Anonymous Cam | Bibs and Baubles said...

It's ridiculous that such a big deal has been made of her nursing her child. I think more women should at least try to breast feed. If this encourages people to try - good. I've heard people say they won't just because they think it's gross. I've heard a list of odd reasons. For me, it was an awesome choice and I'll be doing it again in a few months when baby number two arrives.

At March 7, 2012 at 4:48 PM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

It's so funny you should mention "gross." That's exactly what someone said to me about nursing one day. It was a weird moment. But, I guess it's not for everyone. Congrats on baby number 2! Do you know what you're having?

At March 8, 2012 at 9:41 PM , Blogger Jessica said...

I'm that one mom that gets PISSED whenever anyone says anything negative about breastfeeding! I don't knock bottle feeding moms but, just like I respect their decision, I wish more people had respect for nursing mothers. Especially ones who choose to nurse past 1 year (as this is my current battle with so many people who "don't get it" or "think it's weird/gross/awkward"). I think it's so funny that public breastfeeding is still such a shock to some people that it actually makes breaking news. I could see if she was nursing through her nose or something else outrageous lol.


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