And sometimes, perhaps, a thousand insults.
Several people have emailed me about the photo that accompanied my recent article at InsideCatholic that discusses how I prayerfully came to the decision that I should not feel ashamed of nursing discreetly at Mass.
While I don’t personally see it as obscene, I can see why the photograph might have caused some of the commotion, especially since a few people assumed it was me nursing. (Although it is pretty obvious that the woman in the photo is not nursing in church. It looks like she has a hospital wristband on for goodness’ sake.)
I had nothing to do with the selection of it and did not see it until my article went “live.” I’m sure some people could not get past the photo (or what was intended to be a humorous and conversational intro) and never even finished reading the article before posting their angry comments.
No, if I’d had any say, I’d have been an obnoxious mom and sent pictures like these of my own little nursling. Of course, I have to add (for anyone out there who thinks I support exhibitionism in Mass) that these photos were taken at home, not in church or anywhere public where I would use even more discretion and either nurse in a sling or use my nursing cover.
Busily nursing… (Yes, she is nursing. Really.)
Satisfied to her heart’s content. Now, really, how could this act between a mother and a child ever be considered anything but innocent and beautiful?