I was shocked to hear that, in this day and age, there are still states in this country that do not protect a mother’s right to breastfeed her baby in public. And while most states do have laws on the books, few actually enforce them with punitive sanctions, which means women, like Nirvana Jeannette, are often harassed or otherwise discriminated against for doing what comes naturally.
To bring awareness to this issue, Teresa Richardson, aka the Crochet Geek, created a video with instructions on how to crochet the Baby Beanie Breastfeeding Cap.
A photo of this cap has been making its rounds on the social media sites, and when I first saw it on Facebook, I wondered if there was a pattern for it. The answer is a resounding “Yes!”
In addition to the video instructions, Ms. Richardson provides a PDF copy of the instructions at her website.
As you can see, the beanie simulates a naked breast, and even though the colors used in this pattern are pink and white, other colors can be selected to match the skin color of the breastfeeding mom.
The size of the beanie can also be adjusted to fit securely on the baby’s head, or, for the more discreet breastfeeder, a little larger, to cover the baby’s suckling mouth.
Why not combine the celebration of Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day (March 8), and National Craft Month and make a statement by crocheting one of these Baby Beanie Breastfeeding Caps?