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    Area moms gathered at the North Joplin Head Start to join mothers across the globe, for a special celebration.
    And these moms also have a message they want to share.
Dannette Kissick was just one of the several moms joining in the World Breastfeeding Week celebration.
When Kissick first considered breastfeeding, it was with her son, who's now nine years old.
But, the choice, wasn't an easy one.
Kissick : "I thought about breastfeeding him, it was very...uncomfortable for me, I was younger, I got a lot of...I just felt...alone."
After getting support from the Chi Chi Mama's breastfeeding support group, the second time, was an easier decision.
Kissick: "I feel like the community and the support here is amazing and it's made me feel more comfortable in my own decision."
But then, comes the touchy subject of breastfeeding in public, which Kissick says, shouldn't be such a big deal, but, she says she knows why it is for some.
Kissick: "We're taught at a very young age that breasts are sexual organs, which they're not."
She's not alone.
Melissa Gurley is another breastfeeding mother, who has another view on why public breastfeeding is so "taboo".
Gurley: "I think it's because it's not normal, it's not what we see in society all the time."
Gurley says because of the 'distorted' view on what breastfeeding really is, it can have negative impacts on women.
Gurley: "I think it does discourage some women, I think especially when they come from modest backgrounds or modest mentalities, they think 'I don't want to just be, flamboyantly pulling my breasts out in public."
Gurley says it's important for moms and the public alike to remember one key element...
Gurley: "It's not a matter of being an exhibitionist, it's a matter of feeding their baby."

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