On revolting maternal offices

by look i have opinions

“[T]ill the curtain fell [on the play], I saw not one quarter of the queer things around me: then I observed in the front row of a dress-box a lady performing the most maternal office possible [emphasis mine]; several gentlemen without their coats, and a general air of contempt for the decencies of life, certainly more than usually revolting.”

Domestic Manners of the Americans, by Frances Trollope, 1832

I wonder when in history someone first complained about public breast-feeding. At least Trollope gives us a charming euphemism to go with it.

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