Actress Olivia Wilde breast fed her infant son during a photo because “any portrait of me right now isn’t complete without my infant son.” Wilde’s comments were made in an August 5 article in CNN. Wilde went on to say, in an August 5 in Yahoo Health; that it (breast feeding) captures the essence of the multi-faceted woman.
The Bible does not say that public breastfeeding is a sin. Some have concluded that since there were no baby bottles during Biblical times, public breastfeeding must have been okay. The Apostle Paul, in the book of 1 Corinthian, said that everything is permissible; but that doesn’t mean it is beneficial. Paul was talking to a church that celebrated their freedoms; even though they ultimately may have been a stumbling block to others. In the case of public breastfeeding, Paul may have concluded that Wilde’s freedom to do the photo shoot may cause a weaker man to see the pictures and stumble.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 2013 report card, over 76% of the women surveyed had ever breast fed. Oregon and Idaho were the only states where over 90% had breast fed. Mastitis is the most common infection associated with breastfeeding.
100 women were asked if they had ever breast fed in public, and 94% said no. 5 of the women surveyed did not have any children. When asked if they would breastfeed in public if it was an emergency (e.g. hungry screaming infant); 90% of those surveyed said they would still not breastfeed in public.
Breast feeding once was a private and sacred act. Women would go into a room in their home with the door closed to feed their infant child. Now, breast feeding in public is as much a meal as it is an act of defiance. Do you think that breastfeeding should ever be done in public?