People's True Feelings About Breastfeeding Revealed in Undercover Video
You won't believe how people react when this woman breastfeeds in public...or maybe you will.
"I made the video due to requests from parents I got because of what happened on the Wendy Williams Show," Saladino told Yahoo Parenting, referring to a segment featuring Alyssa Milano in which the TV host criticized her for taking breastfeeding selfies.
"There's private places that you can actually do this," says one woman sitting on a bench next to Emily when she begins nursing. "You don't need to be doing that in public places."
And this is a fellow mom! She goes on to chide Emily that when her kids are hungry, they find a time and place to feed so it's not in public. Wow, this woman must have the most reasonable babies in history.
Next, Emily settles on another bench next to a man, who promptly gets up to leave, asking "You gonna do that here?"
To be fair, some people have no problem with Emily breastfeeding her baby in full view. When Saladino asks another woman if it's bothering her, she quickly says, "No."
But not everyone is so kind. "Do that at home!" scolds a woman waiting for a bus on the bench where Emily sits down next. She adds that the bus stop is "a safe, decent place," intimating that by Emily feeding her baby there, she is basically ruining it.
During each encounter, Emily is apologetic, saying she's sorry but her son was hungry and needed to eat. This does little to soften the responses of her critics.
It's awful; why do people have to be so mean? Even a passerby on the phone scoffs at Emily that he can't believe she is breastfeeding in public.
Part of me wonders if this was a setup, but then I know every mom who has ever breastfed in public has a story like this to share. Either way, this video is very eyeopening about the struggles moms face just trying to feed their babies.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.