I’m probably treading thin ice here, but something happened (again!) in church this weekend, and I’ve just got to expound.
A young woman with an infant proceeded to drape herself and the wee one in a quilt, then breastfed the babe.
In church. During Communion. Seated in the front of the congregation, where everybody going to Communion had to pass by her.
Does that bother anybody else, or am I just odd?
Now, before you go all righteous on me, let me remind you I’m a mom. And as such, I realize babies don’t necessarily feed on a time clock.
But it’s not like she didn’t have other options. She could have:
- fed the baby before church
- sat at the back or upstairs, away from curious eyes
- gone to the bathroom — with its locking door and comfy chair
- excused herself to the privacy of her own car
- brought a bottle and fed the infant without attracting undue attention
And before you protest that “breastfeeding is natural,” may I remind you that so is sex, but we don’t want to see you making out with your special someone in the church pews!
Just because something is natural doesn’t give you license to do it in church.
Injecting insulin is natural to those who have diabetes, but we don’t want to see it in the middle of services. Eating is natural, but don’t bring a five-course meal to a house of worship and dig in while the rest of us watch.
Anyway, after the feeding, this mom proceeded to straighten herself out, pulling and tugging on her clothing as she jostled the babe, tossed aside her hiding quilt, and yanked up her sagging blue jeans.
All without a hint of embarrassment. (Too bad she missed the blush on the face of the man seated behind her).
Some of us go to church to worship. But when people cause distractions and seem oblivious to them, I see why folks say they get more of a spiritual experience communing in nature.
Yes, the human body is beautiful. So’s my dog, but you don’t see me whipping him out in the middle of Mass!
Your thoughts, friends??