About two weeks ago, we were taking the train with a very excited little boy who was visiting us. He was glued to the window, taking in the sights of the big city, and with all his excitement we couldn’t help but do the same. We looked out, admired the buildings, awed by the height of the city and the rhythm of the people walking through it. It was a most peaceful and enjoyable ride into the city, that is, until I saw this.
At that moment, the excitement and magic of a train ride through the city stopped and, unfortunately for my companions, the ranting began.
Really?! People think this way?! A company would actually use this as an advertisement?!
I was, and still am, outraged and working on what to do about it. I have thought about many responses and yet I can’t really come up with something suitable, something that will get through to the company, those viewing the sign, and will make me feel better, like I’ve done something.
Anyways, as we were headed out of town for the holidays, we passed by the same ad. They most have gotten some sort of response already because now, right next to the original we saw a few weeks ago, there is this one:
I guess the counterpoint is nice, but it seems so, disingenuous.
After all my early struggles with breastfeeding, and pushing through to make it work, I have found myself becoming quite passionate about a woman’s right to breastfeed and a baby’s right to nurse. I am continually frustrated by the culture in which we live and how it perceives and reacts to breastfeeding. This ad is just a single, poignant example of an unnecessary obstacle that mothers have to overcome when offering their babe the best nourishment available.
How can I, or we, help everyone else see it so clearly?