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Design Students Champion Young Mothers

M. Landers

"We all know that mother's milk is nature's perfect food and that, for mothers able to do so, nursing your baby is one of the most rewarding responsibilities. But if you're a mom who nurses, chances are you've been here: Asked to cover up while nursing, subjected to dirty looks as you unfastened your nursing bra, or felt pressure to leave public places as you breastfed your baby. Maybe you even found yourself cowering in a public bathroom while trying to serve up dinner."

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  • Rusty Brown

    Its so odd that society stares down upon mommas feeding their babies in public. This series definitely strikes the studium pertaining to this issue, and speaks for many a people. Great job students from the Uni of North Texas! High five.

    • M. Landers

      Agreed! I can't really decide why this age old practice is not considered status quo, but its strange that a billboard can display a Victoria Secret advert but a woman feeding a baby is considered indescreet.

      • Rusty Brown

        It does baffle the hell out of me how we objectify people and try to tell other people what they can do with their bodies or not. Other than making super cool posters that comment on this social issue what do you guys think we could do to either further the conversation or to help the cause?

        • M. Landers

          For me personally, I'm eager to protect and champion my own wife with my babes, to be her advocate against any protests that may be voiced against her. I think it's the type of thing that can easily bring a woman down but having a few people to encourage her makes all the difference in the world. I'm also eager to start conversations, both personally and on my blog, to get us thinking about where our ideas about this subject come from and whether they should be valid.

          • Rusty Brown

            Do you think it would be beneficial if we had designated breastfeeding areas in public, since it's hard to change other people's opinions on hefty topics like this. These public spaces could be very comfortable nurturing areas that people would want to go to.

            • M. Landers

              It's a nice idea and some churches and similar gathering places had such spaces, but overall it would be difficult to do in a lot of restaurants etc. where space is already limited.

          • Rusty Brown

            Cool! So you're right there on the front lines of this topic. Has your wife been told to stop her public breastfeeding? It's definitely important to keep an open discussion about topics like this for public rational thought. Good job dogooder!

            • M. Landers

              She hasn't faced any public scrutiny that I am aware of, but often even friends and family get very awkward around a mother who needs to nurse. That's been the bigger frustration on our end. It makes sense to feel weird when a woman is removing a part of her shirt but I think it is a circumstance where we should be realizing that something beautiful is taking place and view it as a privilege to witness it.

    • M. Landers

      I'm excited to see the desire of men to champion the mothers of their babies! I can't understand what motivation makes breast feeding in public so taboo. I find the concept to be one of the most beautiful, nurturing, and feminine things I can comprehend. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who so fiercely serves her children.