Essay about Breastfeeding Is A Basic Necessity

926 Words Oct 13th, 2016 4 Pages
Breastfeeding is a basic necessity in the diet for newborn children to provide them with appropriate nutrients. However, breastfeeding in public is sometimes looked down upon or sexualized. To create awareness for breastfeeding shaming Johnathan Wenske and Kris Haro created an image, “When Nurture Calls”, that provides a view of what it 's like having to resort to breastfeeding in a public bathroom stall.

In this image they capture three different young women sitting on a toilet in public bathrooms breastfeeding their babies. The restrooms that the mothers are in appear dark, grungy and resemble a cage or jail cell. At the bottom of the picture it asks “Would you eat here?”, in an attempt to get the viewer to put themselves in their position (Wenske). Getting people to put themselves in the mother and child’s positions allows the viewer to gain a new perspective. Most people would agree that eating in a public restroom is disgusting and would never consume anything in there. So why would we pressure women into feeding their children in there?
Public restrooms are one of the top public germ hot spots and can contain various major bacteria; sometimes “between 500 to a few thousand bacteria for every centimeter squared, depending on how often it’s cleaned” (Barnes 2). These major bacterias include “streptococcus, staphylococcus, E. coli and Shigella bacteria, hepatitis A virus, the common cold virus, and various sexually transmitted organisms” (What Can 1).…

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