So as part of my university course me and my class mates have to split off into groups for a health fair. We each pick an important topic to do with health and set up a stall to raise awareness and provide important information.
My friend Sonia and her group have decided to do breast cancer and she had the best idea: get my friend Debby to crochet her a set of boobs with a fake lump inside and get women to learn how to check their breasts. Great idea right?
So this got me thinking about breasts and what people think about them. I mean to me they’re just a part of my body that requires expensive and heavy duty shelving to prevent me injuring myself. However, it is no secret that breasts are still extremely over sexualised and woman are continuously being shunned for using them for their actual purpose: to feed a child.
As someone hopefully going to work with babies one day as a career, I have gained understanding as to how actually asking woman not to breast feed in public or to cover up can actually be damaging for a babies development and a mothers well-being. Mothers are always encouraged to breast feed because breast milk contains more nutrients and more proteins both of which are even more important for premature/low birth weight babies. They also have to be kept to a feeding schedule which is usually every couple of hours depending on the size of the baby and how old they are.
As well as this, skin on skin contact like this releases hormones in mum and baby that keep them calm, this is important because skin on skin contact has been proven to reduce oxygen needs in babies, sleep apnoea and bradycardias (abnormally low heart action).
There’s nothing wrong with mothers wanting to go somewhere private or cover themselves if they feel embarrassed or want some one on one time with their baby but now you all know it’s not as simple as just ‘waiting til you get home’ or ‘expressing before you leave the house’. They need to eat to y’know!
Onto a different note, I have lost count of the number of times when I’ve been on a night out (I’m quite chesty myself so it’s hard to keep the girls all hidden away) and I’ve caught men staring at my chest. Which maybe to unpopular opinion…doesn’t actually bother me! Looking and being curious is human nature, what bugs me is when I’m made to feel uncomfortable about it. When they won’t look away even though I’ve caught them or they stare directly down knowing I’ve caught them. As well as this a lot of the time I get comments along the lines of ‘Who do you have them out for? Stephen’s right here?’ or ‘Who you out to impress?’ to which I heartily reply ‘MYSELF!’
You can tell I’m sooooo popular in the pub…
To conclude – Boobies are wonderful and why you’d want to hide them I have no idea. They are important for babies and mothers health so stop being a *insert bad word here* and asking them to cover up or go somewhere else. Also, a polite reminder to all you lovely men and women to check your breasts because you both have them! Check your own, check your partners and you could save a life because you never know.
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