Hashtag activism is a great thing. We’ve seen how the power of social media can #BringBackOurGirls and demonstrate #BlackLivesMatter. You can even have a #SlutWalk if you please. And while new moms have tried to jump on this internet train in order to normalize breastfeeding, something about this movement seems to have gone awry.
If I’m not mistaken, the reason women started IGing themselves nursing their newborns is because of the heated debate about breastfeeding in public. Many women have been told to cover up and even kicked out of establishments for simply trying to feed their child whose hunger doesn’t exactly work around their brunch schedule. And that’s simply because society says it’s okay to have your breasts out in public so long as an infant isn’t getting nutrients from them. It’s a problem and it’s why women began fighting back online, uploading images of them breastfeeding in the hopes that if you see this image online enough, one day people would see a mother on the street nursing her baby while shopping at a fresh market and not bat an eye in disgust.
Unfortunately, good intentions don’t always have the best execution. Instead of seeing images of women candidly nursing their children in the midst of handling all of the other tasks required of a mother, what we now have is Glamour Shots Breasts.0 We see staged photos of women — or even the more narcissistic selfies –who have put on a full face of makeup and chosen the perfect outfit to act as though breastfeeding and looking like a model is all in a day’s work. That, ladies, is not normal and goes against the original intent of the movement.
The reason moms want breastfeeding to be normalized is because of the idea that while trying to take care of one’s self and a hungry, screaming baby, not to mention an entire household, there aren’t always convenient times or locations to take care of that very necessary motherly duty. It’s in those moments that moms are asking strangers and passersby to pardon the ta-tas while they handle their business. That I get. However when I see women on Instagram looking like they have all the time in the world to breastfeed like a queen, I get the impression these pictures are really about attention and not gaining acceptance. And that I can’t support.
Clutchettes, what do you think about breastfeeding selfies? Do they really help normalize breastfeeding?