A family friendly location, if ever there was one.
A place where we are taught that our bodies are God-given, and that children are gifts from above.
But breastfeeding is dirty and wrong? No.
She has my support, and the support of my children....
I don't want to get into a Formula vs Breastfeeding debate. Frankly, I'm not interested. I think that formula has its place and I'm glad it exists because I wouldn't be here today without it!
What upsets me is that our culture's mores have been so inculcated into LDS Church culture that the pornography of the breast is now making us feel like feeding our children is something to be hidden away and be embarrassed about.
I am a woman of contradictions; I have covered myself when feeding my children, and probably will end up covering up in the future. That doesn't mean I think it's right, or good, or normal - it's just that sometimes I end up bowing under the extreme pressure if being "modest", too.
And what about the woman who dares breastfeed her child past a certain age (whatever that magic age happens to be)? My youngest is 25 months old, and still very much needs momma's milk. My older kids see it, recognise it, and allow her that right.
Why does this have to be such a big deal? It saddens me.
| Seagull Monument on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah|
No blanket here.
|Illustration from Harper's Weekly of an 1871 Sacrament Meeting in the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah.|
Two women on the left side of the picture are breastfeeding - gasp! - without a covering.
Things have changed so much....