Today there was a ‘nurse-in’ protest, in Maple Ridge, B.C. as a result of a woman being told to ‘cover up’, while nursing her infant in a restaurant.
Breasts nourish life. It is a violation of human rights to be denied the right to breast feed in a public place, in British Columbia.
Not to take away from that very important issue, I would be remiss not to bring attention to the issue of self-esteem, and the insecurities that often occur for women after having breast fed because of the pressure to fit a totally unrealistic image. I wondered how many of the women who took part in the protest may later at least consider getting breast implants because they’re unsatisfied with their breasts after nursing. Some may already have them.
Nursing babies is a natural part of life; changes in breasts after nursing is also a natural part of life.
What if in our culture we valued the beauty of breasts that have softened, sagged, and lost volume after nursing a baby? How is it that a toxic plastic sac is considered a more desirable option?
So many women who have their breasts augmented after breast feeding end up regretting it, and wish in retrospect that they’d accepted themselves instead.
The Celebrate Your Breasts Project promotes women loving and accepting themselves at all ages, in all stages of life, including after having nursed babies.