By Jessica T
About this blog: I'm a late thirties mother of a ten-year-old and infant twins. My family moved to Menlo Park 6 years ago from Virginia - where I grew up, went to college, got married, had my first born, and got an MBA (in that order). I'm a manag... (More)
About this blog: I'm a late thirties mother of a ten-year-old and infant twins. My family moved to Menlo Park 6 years ago from Virginia - where I grew up, went to college, got married, had my first born, and got an MBA (in that order). I'm a manager at Google, Inc. (Please note: The views expressed in this blog are my personal views and not those of Google.) My husband grew up in Los Angeles and is a novelist and professor at San Jose State University. Our daughter attends the Menlo Park public schools, and I was a member of the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation board for three years. I am now a board member for the Center for Literary Arts at SJSU. I struggled with secondary infertility for five years and recently conceived and delivered fraternal twins - a healthy baby girl and boy in May 2013. I've worked (and pursued my graduate degree) since my elder daughter was twelve weeks old. I supported my husband throughout his graduate education, and now I'm the primary breadwinner for our family. I have coped with the pressures and angst of what that means for many years. I am lucky to have a husband with a flexible schedule; he shoulders the lion's share of housework, cooking, and childcare in our home. I'm looking forward to engaging with men and women who can relate to the challenges of modern day life in Silicon Valley. (Hide)
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Changing the world one booby burqa at a time
Uploaded: Dec 16, 2013
Supermodel Giselle Bundchen made headlines last week when she posted this incredible photo
of herself multitasking at work.
If you've been reading this blog, you probably know that I don't use a breastfeeding cover. Giselle Bundchen is in my camp. I've been disturbed that using breastfeeding covers has become the norm (at least for many of us mere mortals). My husband brought my attention to the fact that not a single friend has come over and nursed her baby without a cover since I've been on leave with the twins. This wasn't the case when my oldest daughter was a baby.
So, in keeping with my curiosity about why women today feel compelled to wear them, I've been querying my friends about their reasons for using breastfeeding covers. Each of them has claimed her own modesty, but then something amazing happened a few weeks ago.
My friend, we'll call her Jane, had previously nursed with a breastfeeding cover at my house. We had discussed my blog posts and how I felt about them. Then, we were at a seminar several weeks later about Returning to Work. And she miraculously fed her son without a breastfeeding cover surrounded by strangers.
Afterwards, at lunch, I said, "Jane! You breastfed your son without a cover today. I couldn't believe it!"
"I did!" she said. She had discussed the issue recently with a friend who felt, like I did, that they were unnecessary. Jane said, "And it's so much less of a pain, not to use one."
"But," Jane said, "I still use one if there are men around." (But perhaps she wouldn't if they styling her hair and applying her makeup?)
We laughed about it and then Jane said cheerfully, "Jessica T, your blog is changing the world one booby burqa at a time!"
What's your take on Giselle's post?
What is it worth to you?
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