Overly sexualizing breastfeeding mothers discourages moms from even attempting extended breastfeeding. Longer breastfeeding is tied to all variety of health benefits for mom and little one but when the outside world sexualizes and harasses breastfeeding mamas women are much less likely to continue to breastfeed. If we want lower healthcare bills, more productive members of our society (hey GDH is important too) then we have to all band together and support breastfeeding as a natural, wholesome and non sexual activity.
When we demand respect, including while we breastfeed it unsettles the deeply rooted belief that women are sinful because our very existence is sexual. My work as a feminist breastfeeding advocate has opened my eyes and heart a lot more about how other people think they can force their fears on our bodies. Part of stepping out from under the suffocating weight of other people objectifying you is releasing fear. You don't need to fear judgment from fools.
1. No one else is an object of sexual gratification unless THEY give you permission to view them that way.
2. Saying, commenting on or telling women that they are sexual, even while feeding their own child, is devaluing them on a fundamental level.
3. Breastfeeding is not a sexual act. Breasts are not sexual during every act. If you think breastfeeding is sexual you have probably never feed a child from your breasts.