YES I think breastfeeding women should be supported as much as possible.
YES I also think that boobs in general are the greatest thing ever and I would be lying if I said that I didn’t occasionally glance at a large pair of whammers like a pisshead eyeing a kebab after eleven Stellas.
What I guess I am trying to say is that you can be a man with the usual heterosexual urges and still respect women and their right to feed their babies however and wherever they choose.
If you have been following me for a while, you may have noticed that I like to post the occasional thing or two about breastfeeding, and mainly content supporting the right of a breastfeeding woman to choose where and how she feeds her baby – in full public view, in private, wherever.
Being a man (with a pretty impressive rack, if I may say so myself), this has inevitably led to a fair few comments from people accusing me of being ‘a little bit too obsessed’ with breastfeeding, even going so far as to say that it must be some sort of sexual thrill for me to see an exposed, nourishing boob in public.
Here’s the thing. I’m a boob man. I love boobs. If I sat here and told you all that the first thing I notice about a woman is ‘her face’ when the area directly below resembles Right Said Fred I would be a massive liar.
HOWEVER, as a reasonably sensible and well-balanced member of the male race, I have somehow managed to develop the mental ability to disconnect the two concepts, and not just because I was threatened with total de-cocking when my wife was breastfeeding, and as such her own newly-engorged shirt potatoes (love that term, sorry) were strictly off limits.
I have even sat with a few breastfeeding women at soft play in my time without the phrase ‘you lucky bastard’ entering my head. Imagine that.
Thinking back, I believe we just discussed the weather and whichever child was knocking seven shades of shite out of the other, but I am sure that any sensible questions about the whole breastfeeding process would have been received without concerns about me doing so for ‘the kicks.’
There are genuinely men (and possibly women) out there who find the whole breastfeeding thing to be some sort of massive turn on, with videos available by the truckload online if you know where to look, but in the main I think that men should feel empowered to support breastfeeding women without worrying about being labelled as a ‘pervert.’
Although things have slightly improved for breastfeeding women in public in recent years, there is still clearly work to be done for society. Therefore, any help that can come from the male species will always be greatly appreciated – even if that ‘help’ is just not reacting at all.
Disclaimer: My wife’s boobs are the greatest boobs, and naturally I rate them above all other boobs. Any subsequent extra-marital boob analysis carried out on my part both in person and on social media is purely for research purposes.