Everyone experiments… with breastfeeding advice! It’s true. Maybe you got suckered into buying those over-the-counter alcohol screeners to test the “safety” of your breast milk only to realize you can just measure your drinks for free, if you’re so inclined. Maybe you tried nursing your baby on the left side while pumping on the right (because ability to multitask is a commodity of motherhood) only to watch as antsy infant legs knock 10 ounces of just-expressed milk to the floor. Or maybe you casually decided to surprise your older infant with a nipple shield, as if no proper introduction is needed, only to find out they’d never play nice together.
There’s a rebellion of women who are super upset that they can’t walk around topless. No, you didn’t accidentally dip into news archives from the 1960s… this bare-breasted movement is happening right now.
North American culture remains stubbornly prudish when it comes to exposure of women’s breasts and nipples in non-sexualized settings. Europeans and other countries’ people don’t have these same massive fears and hangups that Americans do. I spent my adolescence in Europe… and to me it’s clear how attitudes are so different and fearful here.
Not only is female public toplessness considered socially unacceptable in America, it can also make a lawbreaker out of an otherwise good gal. Did you know it’s illegal for women to go topless in public in 35 states, including while breastfeeding?