Beyonce Breastfeeds Blue Ivy In Public, Moms Can Finally Like Her Again

beyonce nursing blue ivyBreaking news! Beyonce breastfed Blue Ivy in public! In a restaurant! Okay, so it’s not really breaking – more like an everyday occurrence, actually – but I must say I like the example Beyonce’s setting for moms everywhere.

That’s not say that all moms should be nursing their babies; I’ve always felt strongly that it’s a personal choice and that women should do what works for them. But for those who’ve taken the breastfeeding route, Beyonce has proven that it’s okay to do so in public. And that, my friends, is huge. Because in the past year alone, we’ve witnessed nursing moms getting kicked out of stores and off of Facebook (though the latter I’m not complaining about). We’ve seen famous personalities tweeting that breastfeeding is nasty, with one even comparing it to slavery (charming, right?).

And so if Beyonce can show that breastfeeding’s alright, that it’s really no big deal, she will no doubt influence countless people – from insecure moms to dumb-ass politicians to fellow diners who might shoot you a dirty look when you dare to feed your child discreetly at a nearby table.

Whether intentional or not (likely not), Beyonce is empowering women, which is always cool in my books. And after building a 2,200-square-foot nursery, giving birth in a souped-up maternity suite and then turning the entire ward into an exclusive nightclub, Beyonce is finally giving mommies a reason to like her again. (Oh, she also trademarked Blue Ivy’s name so that she can sell us stuff, which is pretty chez.) But, alas, she is proving to be “just like us” – at least when it comes to feeding her newborn.

(Photo: usmagazine.com)

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    • Cee

      How come there are no articles of celebrities bottlefeeding their children? Yes, breast feeding in public is marginalized, but when a celebrity does it or their right is threatened, mothers go batshit. Beyonce has all of a sudden become a goddess to any mom with a leaky nipple. However, bottle feeding mothers are highly marginalized as well. Why isn’t there any article praising anyone for this?

      • K

        Im not following the jist of your comment…no one gets critizied for whipping out a bottle in public, or asked to cover their bottle eating baby on an airplane…no one cares if a kid is drinking from a bottle because it isnt considered “passe” or “offensive”. Sure, super hardcore breast feeders may take offensive to bottle feeding, but Ive never heard of them approaching a bottle feeding mother in public and chastising her.
        The authors point is Beyonce is doing something that women get looked down upon for, and applauding her for it.
        what is YOUR point?

      • Cee

        Have you read any mom blog…EVER? The majority are very vocal about how against bottle feeding they are. You must have tried latching for so long and had your nipple split into pieces before a breast feeding mother accepts that you have a valid issue and reason to bottle feed. Bottle feeders have gotten kicked out of places too. Women do get chastised and speeches by other mothers about the “poison” they feed their kids. Have you read blogs? They are even proud of their PETA-esque speeches and statistics they spout at wide eyed mothers trying to get on with their day. MY POINT is with so many nurse in, bonding, funny nipple beanie articles, there should be articles portraying women bottle feeding because, like breast feeding mothers they also get a lot of guilt and criticism and like breast feeding mothers they should also be told that what they do is okay and accepted. How would you feel if you went to every mom blog for support and kept seeing all kinds of articles and comments about how you are an unfit mother if you bottlefed?

        But this may escape you since I suspect you are a breast feeder and therefore the victim of all the injustices.

      • Ellie

        Well, *I* am a bottle feeder, and I also don’t get where you’re going with this. Because you choose to read blogs, and you could choose to not. Let the internet whiners have their hate. Where else is it?

        If the news was full of public displays of hate for bottle feeders it would be one thing. But you *don’t* hear that, because it’s *not* happening all over the place. But breastfeeding is publicly attacked quite frequently, so it does need the good publicity.

      • wew

        Cee, you’re grasping for straws with this one.

      • k

        @cee, actually i have fed my children both ways, dont assume things. And of course Ive seen the attacks on blogs, but this article isnt about blogs is it?? the article is about feeding your baby in public. if you had evidence of women being publicly lashed out or humilitated for bottle feeding, please provide it. If anything, you response sounds like you are just as bigoted against breast feeding mothers as (some) breast feeding mothers are against bottle feeders. I was not trying to offend you, I just really didnt see what your point was. If you need support in being a bottle feeding mother, check out different groups on places like babycenter.com. Mom’s congregate over all different types of things they have in common, including bottle feeding.

        @Ellie, wew, and Kalau thank you. :)

    • Kalalu

      Cee, I’m not following you either. Seems like you’re trying to just stir the pot. I do read mom blogs and most of them say that breastfeeding is a personal choice and even say that they realize that not every mom can do it for health reasons or otherwise. I’m with K. I’ve had people tell me that breastfeeding my child in public is wrong and that I should sit in the bathroom or in my car and do it. It’s ridiculous. Most of my friends breastfeed their children but I’ve never heard of anyone chastising someone for bottle feeding. Yes, breast milk is nutritionally better for baby (even formula companies print this on their product), but if that’s not an option for a mom, then obviously she has to feed her child some way!

    • Another Steph

      Miranda Kerr did it!

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    • Dawn Garling

      that must look funny breast feeding a doll.i bet u will not see a pic of this happening.we all kno she did not carry….DUH!!!!!!