Or, apparently, what breasts are for.
Readers of a US parenting magazine are crying foul over the publication’s latest cover depicting a woman breastfeeding, with some calling the photo offensive and disgusting.
“I was SHOCKED to see a giant breast on the cover of your magazine,” one woman from Kansas wrote in reaction to the picture in Babytalk, a free magazine that caters to young mothers. “I was offended and it made my husband very uncomfortable when I left the magazine on the coffee table.”
Her reaction was part of some 5,000 letters the magazine has received in response to a poll to gage reader sentiment about Babytalk’s August cover photo, which shows a baby nursing.
Several readers said they were “embarrassed” or “offended” by the Babytalk photo and one woman from Nevada said she “immediately turned the magazine face down” when she saw the photo.
“Gross, I am sick of seeing a baby attached to a boob,” the mother of a four-month-old said.
Another reader said she was “horrified” when she received the magazine and hoped that her husband hadn’t laid eyes on it.
“I had to rip off the cover since I didn’t want it laying around the house,” she said.
Yeah, heaven forfend that Hubby-Dear should see that and be so shocked, he’d forget to masturbate. Or worse, that he’d see it and not be able to stop!
Honestly. How did these puritanical women ever manage to get pregnant, never mind giving birth?
No wonder the mag felt compelled to publish a big piece on the difficulties of getting new moms to breastfeed.