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Public Display of Breastfeeding Day aims to raise awareness

1,000 women commit to feeding their baby naturally

SAN ANTONIO - While there may be a bit of chatter on Twitter and Facebook about the many women who planned to breastfeed in pubic for the first-ever Public Display of Breastfeeding Day, moms like Sarah Engleton in San Antonio think Wednesday is just like any other day.

She breast fed her son for two years, and now her daughter has been at the breast for two and a half.

“I’ve gotten dirty looks in airports. The older generation is not accustomed to that behavior,” she said.

Sometimes she drapes her child from view, but admits sometimes she does not.

To those who give her disapproving looks she advised, “I think they should eat their lunch under a blanket. If it’s offensive to them, then they should go elsewhere.”

Northeast Baptist Hospital has an active lactation program in their women’s unit.

Judith Baca, the lactation consultant there, says that there are so many health benefits to breastfeeding, there really is no good reason not to try, even if you do seek privacy to do it.

“I think it’s wrong for us to view breasts as sexual in nature entirely. Breasts are meant to feed our babies. That’s what they are meant for,” she says.

Baca notes that she has breastfed all of her children and is currently still lactating for her youngest despite holding a full-time job at the hospital.

Websites like www.thebump.com and www.breastfeeding.com are promoting views like those, and offering education and videos to help women make an informed decision regarding their child’s feeding.

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