Thursday, February 5, 2009


I have seen some true peculiarities in my time: beggars wearing expensive sneakers, bald men getting haircuts in pricey salons, a deaf couple in a disco -- dancing. Until today, none of these incongruities have involved breastfeeding mothers. I've seen moms doing it in restaurants, on the subway, even in the privacy of their own homes. Why not? It's perfectly natural. Today, for the first time ever, I spotted a woman who was trying to squeeze her nipple into her baby's mouth while seated on a stoop in front of a train station on Avenida Sante Fe, one of the busiest streets in Buenos Aires. Judging from the baby's scowling and crying, he wasn't too happy with what mommy was offering him. Barbara Walters would not have been amused.
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