I admire all mommies, plain and simple. Having to push a child out into the world, waking up in the middle of the night to feed said child, and raising them to be a somewhat normal human being has to take a whole lot of work. One of the many sacrifices of a mom is the boobies. Breast feeding is recommended as it’s a healthy choice for babies. There’s been a lot of controversy stirring around when you should stop breast feeding your child and where it’s appropriate to do it. Now try this one on for size.
American University professor Adrienne Pine breast-fed her new daughter during the first lecture of her “Sex, Gender and Culture” class. Talk about real world experience, eh? The school newspaper thought it was a hot story, but Professor Pine didn’t think it was worth the hoopla.
“…the baby got hungry, so I had to feed it during the lecture. End of story.”
I can understand that the professor is a bit annoyed, especially since breastfeeding is a part of life, and most people get it. However, she’s on a college campus. Most college students probably haven’t seen it done in their presence, unless they’re parents themselves.
At my job, our women’s bathroom has a nice area for moms to use to breastfeed their children. I’m not exactly sure how that works (none of the ladies who work here use it for that because no one brings their baby into work. However, my supervisor is preggers, yay!). But I believe it’s a law to have a private place for feeding moms and their babies to share that special time together. Doing it during class, um, okay, I suppose. I wonder how she went about doing that though.
I’m not a mom so I can’t exactly understand Pine’s struggle. The baby was sick, she couldn’t get childcare, so it was bring your baby to work time. However, I do think there were some alternatives that she could have chosen than trying to teach a class about Sex, Gender and Culture while there was a baby feeding right there in front of the class. Maybe she could’ve pumped before hand? Have the TA (she had a teacher’s assistant in the class) take over for a bit?
What are your thoughts on breast-feeding? Do you think the teacher was spot on or dead wrong?