This is a topic that I have never come across before - until it was raised by Judge Kopf, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada in his blog.
These are the beliefs of a sitting federal judge pertaining to breastfeeding:
- That breastfeeding in public at a public event makes the child's parents "narcissistic".
- That breastfeeding in court is a breach of decorum.
- That when breastfeeding in public, the mother most "cover" herself.
It is understandable that, being a male, a judge have never experience and will never experience the physiology of breastfeeding.
Yet, what the judge is saying is essentially this:
Breastfeeding mothers, I give you a choice:
1) do not come to public events lasting for a period of time that may require to breastfeed your baby, these political events are not for you; or
2) leave you baby at home, squeeze your milk and leave the baby with a babysitter - even if breastfeeding for you is an act of interaction with your child, each time;
3) leave formula for your child or bring it with you - but do not expose to the public that abominable appendage that Madonna showed in numerous paintings to feed her baby, paintings that public admire around the world;
4) or, COVER yourself.
I would, instead, have advice for Judge Kopf - get off the bench.
Your caveman views are completely inconsistent with views of a sitting judge. Your blog will be perfectly fine, as a freedom of speech showcase and as a relic of "old times" - without you on the bench.
And - breastfeeding ladies, members of the public, without regard whether you are in a heterosexual or homosexual relationship or whether you are single Moms - I ENCOURAGE you to come to court with your babies to observe court proceedings - AND FEED YOUR BABIES, UNCOVERED, IN PUBLIC.
Let the presiding judges DARE try to tell you that it is a breach of decorum to feed your baby where and when your baby wanted to be fed and where and when you wanted to be as a member of the public and a court observer.
If they do, they will, most likely, be taken off the bench if the case his the headlines.
Come to political events - to press-conferences, to hearings in the U.S. Congress, come to court to observe open court sessions - AND BREASTFEED your baby, uncovered.
People who not only believe that a mother may not breastfeed in public, but who would act against the mother on such beliefs, should be immediately and relentlessly sacked.