As part of HuffPost Parents' celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, which ended August 7, and National Breastfeeding Month, which continues through August, we've found mothers all over the world who are sharing gorgeous photos of themselves nursing their children to show their support for other breastfeeding moms. But as it turns out, we didn't even need to look very far ...
Yesterday, Arianna Huffington, chair, president, and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group shared a Throwback Thursday photo of herself nursing her daughter Christina, as a baby.
Our fearless leader has long been a supporter of breastfeeding and mothers' rights to do so in public. Back in 1997, Arianna wrote a piece called "Breast-feeding: Sense and sensibilities," in which she expressed her disbelief at the decision of several legislators to oppose a bill that would protect the rights of California mothers to nurse in public.
The bill passed despite the efforts of its opponents, but the opposition led Arianna to examine popular attitudes toward public breastfeeding in the U.S. She wrote:
In Greece, where I hail from, the idea of passing a law protecting women's right to breast-feed their babies in public would be laughable. I breast-fed my two daughters until they were 2 years old. I could have given my babies lunch under the pillars of the Parthenon, and nobody, save American tourists, would have batted an eye. No Greek would dream of questioning this right any more than the right to hug children in public.