Oh, how the mammary fixation plays out in this country. Gabrielle Redfern, a candidate for city commission in Miami Beach, was criticized “for breast-feeding her 1-year-old daughter, Elsie, during Mayor David Dermer’s recent State of the City address.” Mind you, Miami Beach allows topless sunbathing on its beaches.
Yesterday, 16 women held a “nurse-in” in support of Redfern, breast-feeding their babies at a Miami Beach Commission meeting. More below:
Is part of the problem that what Gabrielle Redfern did was too earthy, too human for the cerebral, power-suit-attired, helmet-hair sphere of government?
So are basic biological, nurturing, relaxed acts and informal behaviors verboten in political settings?
I am passionate about the importance of breast-feeding. Besides the nutritional and health values of breast milk, breastfeeding builds an intimate bond between mother and child.
I also noticed that breastfeeding forced me to s-l-o-w down, and just “be” with my baby. Maybe the slowness and gentleness of breastfeeding is too informal in a room devoted to Robert’s Rules of Order and carefully chosen political speech.
A couple more things:
I’d never have made it without La Leche League, whose members also taught me so much about the gentler art of mothering. If you’re becoming a parent soon, check out this wonderful group.
One more thing about breastfeeding: It taught me what breasts are really for.