Whip out those breasts, they’re a source of survival, not shame

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Whip out those breasts, they’re a source of survival, not shame

Public breastfeeding debate erupts just as new study reveals our three-million-year 'breast is best' strategy

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The breastfeeding-in-public debate reared its head again recently when a passenger named Shelby Angel on a KLM flight took to Facebook to complain that she was handed a blanket by a flight attendant to “cover up” while breastfeeding her one-year-old baby.

The Dutch airline, according to The Guardian, responded with its written policy which warns that women may be asked to shield themselves from public view if nursing an infant, because it could offend fellow passengers.

This is a perennial debate in modern times, and simply highlights our bizarre situation as homo sapiens: we are animals with the same instincts as all the other mammals on the planet, but our innate survival strategies are layered over with clothing, social taboos, cultural conflicts and all sorts of gadgets which help or hinder what Mother Nature intended...

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