A group that bills itself as the Marin Breastfeeding Coalition has started an unusual campaign in Marin County to get women to breastfeed their babies. In the next coming weeks, life-sized cardboard cutouts of woman breastfeeding will be put up across the North Bay, with cutouts of the making their debut this week at The Village shopping center in Corte Madera. (To check out images of the ads, go here and here.)
Lactation consultant and coalition member Susan Martinelli had this to say:
"Breastfeeding is recognized as the standard for infant feeding by all major health organizations ... milk provides the best nutritional, immunological and emotional nurturance for the normal growth and development of babies. No manufactured formula offers anything close."
What's more, breastfeeding keeps you thin. Or so we hear.
While this sounds like a nifty campaign -- although we must remember that not all babies can suck from their mother's tit, so no shame to the mommies out there who do not breastfeed -- it does have a disturbing disclaimer. Each cut-out figure has a sign that reads, "When breastfeeding is accepted, it won’t be noticed."
This just isn't going to happen. If you breastfeed in public YOU need to be okay with the occasional turn of the eyes. Really, you have your boob out and a baby attached to it, and although there's nothing wrong or unnatural about that, you will get looks. You will. That's just how men (and a few randy ladies) are.