It’s hard to believe that women are still being shamed for breastfeeding their children in public.
An extremely normal, natural process is regarded as disgusting or inappropriate by people who think women should be required to cover up or remove themselves from public view when the need to feed their children strikes. Shockingly, it’s only been a little over a month since breastfeeding in public officially became legal in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. (The details of these laws in certain areas do not specify whether a mother needs to be covered up while breastfeeding in public, or to what degree, which is still a topic of debate.)
One woman was so tired of hearing all the shaming that she decided to set the record straight once and for all. Rene Johnson took to Facebook, where she outlined the place of public breastfeeding in American history in a now-viral post. She revealed that the idea of covering up wasn’t popular (or really even considered at all) until after the 20th century, putting yet another dent in the case that public nursing is somehow “indecent.”
Scroll through to read all about what she had to say.