ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Breastfeeding in a Public Setting

Updated on September 4, 2014

Although it is a natural nutritional method of feeding ones newborn it is somewhat frowned upon within our nation. Why is it that people would rather see a mother feeding her baby a powder substance over the natural milk their body produces for this purpose? Why is it not okay for me to feed my child in a public setting? Even if you keep yourself covered you still get dirty looks from those around you.

Yet is there a setting for you to feed your child in these places? 9.5/10 times the answer to that is NO, heck over half of the time public restrooms do not even have a changing station for a baby. I am sorry but no mother wants to lay their child on your dirty restroom floor to change their diaper (changing pad or no)! What do you expect us breastfeeding mothers to do? Go sit on a toilet used by who knows how many other people in order to feed our child?!

What about the awkward moment when you need to feed your child at a family member or a friends place (I will also refer to this as a semi-public setting). Do you just go ahead and feed your child right then and there, or do you ask for a place to go to feed your child privately? What is the right answer for this? There is not one, it should be your own preference, but sadly it is not.

I want to take a poll just to see where people stand on this subject now, from both men and women of all ages. There will not be options for unbiased decisions, I do not want to give an easy out for the subject. So please take a few minutes and answer my toll questions, thanks!

Do you feel that women should:

See results

Do you feel that women should be able to Breastfeed in a public setting?

See results

Now to break that down a little more, do you feel that women should (in a public setting):

See results

Do you feel that women should be able to Breastfeed in a semi-public (as in at a family member or friends house) setting?

See results

Now to break that down a little more, do you feel that women should (in a semi-public setting):

See results

Thank you so much for your honesty and your point of view! I will have another blog to go along with this one with more information, including personal experiences after I have reached a substantial amount of data from this blog.

Again thank you so much for reading and sharing your views!


© 2014 Elizabeth


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • kiddiecreations profile image

      Nicole K 

      19 months ago

      I breastfed my firstborn son and now I'm breast-feeding my younger son, as well. In public settings, I cover up for my own privacy and also for the sake of others. I understand that sometimes it's not convenient to cover up, or baby does not want to be covered. In those cases, it may be necessary to breast-feed while uncovered. But generally speaking, I think that most of the time women should be able to cover up using a nursing cover and that this should help others not to feel uncomfortable. If someone is nursing using a cover and others are still having a problem with it, that is really the other person's issue and no one else's.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)