I suppose it's important to make sure that part of my breast isn't exposed before he sticks his stethoscope down my shirt.
I have yet to understand what makes people, especially health care professionals, so squeamish about breastfeeding. I can count the times I've seen a breastfeeding mom's nipple exposed on my one hand.
And those times, it was my nipple accidentally popping out.
I've never actually seen a breastfeeding mom expose anything more than what you'll see cruising through Target. And quite frankly, I see waaaaaaaaay more offensive things out and about than the 1/18 of a breastfeeding mom's boob.
However, once a baby is latched on, you don't even see what might be considered the most offensive part of the boob - the evil, dark and foreboding NIPPLE.
dun dun dun
So some poor mom enjoying her shitty chicken sandwich and soggy fries at Applebees gets tossed out on her ass, meanwhile the stinky farter in booth 12, the dude with a bad crack habit (yeah, that kind of crack) at table 4, and the chick with her silicone wonders popping out of her shirt at the bar all sit happily.
And don't even get me started about all the travesties on airplanes that most certainly do not get people thrown off but should.
I can only deduce that it's not so much the boob that's offending people, but the fact that there's a baby sucking on it that makes people uncomfortable.
So if people start to give me a hard time about breastfeeding, I'm just going to tell them that it's the latest accessory trend. One flip through a magazine and most people would agree that a baby is way cuter and much more stylish than some of the shit they try to pull off as "high fashion."
I'd ban myself if I was caught dead in that thing.
So until we start banning Drakkar Noir, exposed hairy ass cracks, and ridiculous fur hats, I'm breastfeeding wherever I choose, damnit, whether you think it's decent or not.
[nursing pic via from Blogher '07 - that's baby Drew on my boob]