This article on military moms breastfeeding in uniform has been making a splash amongst parents and non-parents alike. One of the moms makes a good point: all breastfeeding moms have nursed their children in their “work” clothes, whether they be scrubs or a suit or a uniform. I never changed clothes after arriving home from work before nursing if my baby was hungry. It’s just not practical. However, it’s more complicated in military uniform since there are strict rules about what you can and cannot do while wearing a uniform. There are no explicit rules barring breastfeeding in uniform, but the issue has never really been discussed before because it has never been so publicly captured and promoted. What do you think?
And for a completely opposite side of the parenting discussion, check out “I Don’t Want to Have Children.” I absolutely have no problem with women who choose not to have children. I’m not sure what the big deal is and why society makes it a big deal. Unlike our parents and grandparents, it’s no longer expected that we’ll have everything figured out by our mid-twenties and we’ll be married and be done having kids by 30, settled into the house that we will live in for the rest of our lives. And even though I’m married and have a kid, my life has taken completely unexpected turns. I mean, I live with my inlaws. Who’d expect that?
What about you? Child-free friends: do you want kids? Do you feel pressure to have them? If I ever make you feel uncomfortable that you don’t have have kids, tell me. I really, truly don’t care.