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The Most Awesome Comeback Ever: Breastfeeding in Public

Today I received an e-mail from a mother who is clearly doing her job to raise kids with a healthy understanding of the human body.


Alexis writes…

My son Eli is 6 years old and he is a fierce protector of his baby sister (Sydney, 11 months) and of me. We were in the park the other day and an elderly dude came up and asked him (Eli) if it was, “strange to see Mommy breastfeeding”.

I was just about to freak out, when Eli responded with, “What’s strange about it?”

Elderly Dude says, “Isn’t it strange to see your Mommy’s… breasts?”

Eli, “No. I see her breasts all the time.”

Elderly Dude, “Well, that’s inappropriate”.

I’m too thrilled by Eli’s responses to say anything at this point.

Eli, “It’s not inappropriate for Mommy to feed Sydney. She’s hungry. It’s inappropriate for me to touch my penis in school, because I can do that at home”.

Now I’m laughing, and Elderly Dude is too. He looks at me and says, “You’ve got a great kid there”.

I say, “Yep.”

Here’s hoping Elderly Dude went away re-considering his idiocy.






  1. Danielle says

    this made me LOL!!! Lovely story, and great job mama!

  2. That is awesome!!! GOOD JOB Eli!!! Lots of wisdom in that sweet kiddo – oh to see the world in the way it should be seen – through the eyes of an innocent child 🙂

  3. i love the story but what a pity the writer had to mention that man’s “idiocy”. just maybe he was genuinely curious about something he didnt understand, he certainly didnt react like an angry defensive bigot but in that one last line, she did.
    you’ll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar

    • I enjoyed the story too! Although I personally failed to see if the man meant to come off ignorant but then again, I wasn’t there and I don’t know the tone, which makes a difference, I suppose.

      I can see how the mother could get offensive (“… about to freak out”) but I wonder if the man was choosing to carry on a silly conversation with the young child rather than in a demeaning, back-handed way? I hope so because I think his final response shows that he didn’t mean malice. I feel it’s important to encourage gentle conversation about normal breastfeeding rather than be defensive, even when burned many times before.

      Great story, thanks for sharing!

  4. Great job mama! That is hilarious!!

  5. Eli, you are a fabulous ally and it’s obvious you’re going to grow into a educated, supportive man! Rock on, little dude!

  6. Shawnette says

    Eli, you are awesome. Keep it up!

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