LDS Mama Loses Temple Recommend for Breastfeeding at Church
Hmmmm. I don't know what to think about this. With approximately 20% of our population in the Treasure Valley being LDS, this topic hits close to home. Do you think what this woman did was wrong?
A mother of four from Northern Utah has been refused a temple recommend (the pass that deems worthiness to enter LDS temples, like the one being built in Meridian.) because she breastfeeds her baby in church.
Apparently, the problem is that this woman who wants to remain anonymous chooses to openly breastfeed her baby in the foyer instead of in the designated mother's lounge.
Her perspective is that breastfeeding is simply feeding your child and not a sexual act. Her Stake President disagreed saying it was "immodest" and that she needed to cover up and breastfeed in the mother's lounge.
The Mom fought back saying that she can't hear the services in the mother's room because the speaker needs to be rewired and that being isolated in there takes her out of the social aspect of church.
In the end, according to idahonews.com the woman was not given a temple recommend and her husband was not given a temple recommend for supporting her.
Personally, I think this is a cultural issue. I'm very pro-breastfeeding and I see nothing wrong with it, but our culture has sexualized it. My ex-husband served an LDS mission in Guatemala and said it was very common for women to stand up at the pulpit and breastfeed their babies for everyone to see and no one thought anything of it because that's acceptable in their culture.
What are your thoughts on breastfeeding in public?