As a registered nurse who works with newborn babies, I’d like to comment on the article “Giant breast on cover rattles magazine readers” (July 28).

I feel that in an enlightened country such as the United States, it’s well past time that people realize that breast-feeding a baby is not gross. It is not inappropriate. It is not something to be hidden away in a closet or dark room. It is the best way to feed a baby. It provides the nutrition that is designed specifically for human babies without the need for additives or preservatives. And, in this day of rising costs, it’s free.

The act of breast-feeding is not sexual – it is nutritive and nurturing. In addition to providing food for the baby, it gives the infant important immunity during the time of life when the baby is most vulnerable.

Many women think nothing of wearing push-up bras and low-cut tops to expose as much breast as possible in public for the purpose of appearing attractive, and that has become culturally acceptable. It’s time breast-feeding becomes culturally acceptable.

To the woman who was quoted as saying, “Gross, I’m sick of seeing a baby attached to a boob,” I would like to say, “Get over it.” Breasts are for feeding babies.

Linda A Blais, Lewiston

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