Breastfeeding referred to as "that" as if it is some dirty word, a topic so unclean its name cannot be said.
"Do you have to do THAT?"
"I don't want to see you do THAT?"
"When are you going to quit THAT?"
"Can you do THAT somewhere else?"
I, as a breastfeeding mother, find THAT insulting. My child is doing THAT for survival. My child is doing THAT for comfort. My child is doing THAT because it is natural.
It is language like THAT, that keeps breastfeeding in a negative light. And when the that attitude is taken to the extremes, breastfeeding mothers and their breastfed children suffer.
When people in power do not want to see THAT, or hear about THAT, or know that a mother is doing THAT, policies get put in place to ban THAT.
Yes, I said BAN. Which is what has happened in Georgia. An entire county has decided to ban breastfeeding on school property.
Teachers cannot breastfeed their children. Teen mothers cannot breastfeed their children. No one can breastfeed a child on school property.
Their option is to pump "THAT and take it home" as per the superintendent of the Dougherty Count Schools.
There's that word again. THAT. Why must it be THAT? Why can't it be breast milk? Why can't it be breastfeeding? Why the disgust with a natural thing? And why is that school board allowed to ban breastfeeding mothers from breastfeeding their children?
I am angered by the policy. I am angry at the people who think that breastfeeding is ban worthy. Schools ban drugs. Schools ban alcohol. School ban weapons. Schools ban things that are bad. Breastfeeding is not bad. Breastfeeding is not going to hurt the students. Breastfeeding is not going to interrupt the learning process. Breastfeeding should not be banned from schools.
If anything, it will help normalize a natural process that has become stigmatized as dirty, disgusting and wrong. Breastfeeding is none of those things. But if people continue to see it negatively and treat it as such, every generation is going to increase their disdain for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding mothers should be supported not banned.
Breastfeeding is as natural as breathing. Are they going to ban breathing next? Of course not, breathing is not THAT, breathing is natural and needed for survival.