Sunday, June 9, 2013

Uphill Bottle

There's something wrong with this picture...

Photo from Cate Mari

And it's not just the fact that the nursing room is off of the public restroom in this Tyler, Texas mall. 

Don't get me wrong - it's lovely that a private room is provided for mamas and babies who prefer it.  And of course we want pumping moms to have access to privacy.  But "restroom" is just a polite word for the toilet room, yeah?  A restroom isn't a lounge, and it's kind of unpleasant that when places of public accommodation put in a nursing room, they attach them to or combine them with public toilets. 

But that aside, it does irk me that a bottle would be used to symbolize breastfeeding.  Either it's some sort of visual euphemism for breastfeeding (because breastfeeding is so, I mean, gosh - there are breasts!) or the bottle is such an ingrained symbol for babies that someone was completely oblivious to the idiocy of symbolizing nursing with a bottle.  It seems to be the latter in this news clip about public breastfeeding in which a bottle graphic is the backdrop for an interview - or is it? 

Either way, can you say "uphill battle?"

(Note - the sign says, "Nursing," not "Pumping.")

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