Beyoncé has made virtually everything about her 8-week-old daughter very private. Private, that is, until last weekend in the West Village in NYC, when the singer was allegedly spotted breastfeeding Blue Ivy while dinning with Jay-Z. Beyoncé could not have chosen a more contentious time to breastfeed in public, since the country is in the middle of a “breast is best controversy.” The Huffington Post reports:
Moms who are protesting and campaigning to destigmatize breastfeeding in public have a new face supporting their cause: Beyonce. On Saturday, the superstar mom of newborn Blue Ivy was spotted nursing at Sant Ambroeus, a cafe in NYC’s West Village. She was dining with her husband Jay-Z, an observer told Us Weekly. Later, she was photographed leaving the restaurant, carrying her 8-week-old in a blue BabyBjorn. And, she has also been spotted holding Blue Ivy close in a leopard print carrier.
Beyonce’s move comes in the midst of a national breastfeeding movement. Though a “breast is best” mantra amplifies what the AAP reaffirmed Monday — that mothers should exclusively breastfeed for six months, and that nursing should be considered a public heath issue rather than a lifestyle choice — nursing moms don’t often get support from the general public. In response, “nurse-ins” have become a widespread form of protest to defend a mother’s right to breastfeed whenever and wherever her baby is hungry.
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