Pardon me, but can you please cover up a bit?

Pardon me, but can you please cover up a bit?

I thought I had seen it all at my retail job when a very upset lady threw an adult temper tantrum when we didn’t want to purchase her toy box.
She stormed out of the door, kicking and throwing her toy box along with her until she finally got into the parking lot and gave it one last, hard kick while she screamed and threw a not-so-very-nice hand gesture toward the front counter.
Surprisingly – or not so surprisingly – I was wrong about that.
I was minding my own business one day at work and went over to the cash register to help out a customer. She had an infant with her who was beginning to get fussy.
I began making small talk and asking her all the things I’m required to ask her like, “Hi, how are you?” “Did you find everything OK?” and “Was anybody able to help you out today?”
She seemed nice and answered my questions politely, as the baby began to get fussier and fussier. She picked him up and started rocking him and to my astonishment, when that didn’t soothe him, she pulled her shirt down, pulled her breast out and began to feed him.
I was caught off guard, needless to say. You don’t normally see women showing their bare breasts in public, much less when they’re cashing out.
I understand that your child was hungry. I understand that you wanted to feed him. But why do you have to do it where it’s so visible?
I understand that breast-feeding is the best thing that you can do for your baby, but why couldn’t you just put some breastmilk in a bottle? Or better yet, why couldn’t you just at least try to cover up a little bit?
I don’t want to see your naked breast, but that doesn’t mean that I’m sexualizing breast-feeding. Yes, your breasts are beautiful. Yes, they are feeding children. Yes, they are natural. But you know what? Your vagina helped make the kid, and I don’t see you flashing that around.
Maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m ignorant. Maybe you’re just trying to prove a point, and I just don’t get it. Maybe it’s just because I’m not a mother yet so I don’t understand.
My mother breast-fed my two younger brothers and she didn’t feel the need to pull them out in public without being covered up. And if she really didn’t feel like exposing herself, she would just bottle feed them with breast milk. It’s not that hard to do.
Unless you’re my sister, my mom or my friend, I would really appreciate not seeing your naked parts.
I understand why you want to breast-feed your children. I understand that it’s natural. But don’t hate me because I don’t want to see your naked breast.
SAMANTHA GRISWOLD
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