Do you think women should breast feed in public?

Jump to Last Post 1-5 of 5 discussions (8 posts)
  1. alvairs profile image61
    alvairsposted 6 years ago

    Do you think women should breast feed in public?

    What is your view of a mother meeting the needs of her child in public, by breast feeding?

  2. lburmaster profile image81
    lburmasterposted 6 years ago

    I don't think they should. I remember watching two women breastfeeding in my youth and have been a little queezy about the idea ever since. It was just creepy. Breasts were always told to me that they were special and should always be hidden. Then for women to take them out in public? To me it is like stripping nude in front of other people.

    1. alvairs profile image61
      alvairsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      With discretion i think it is fine. Thanks for your thoughts

  3. sarahmoose profile image76
    sarahmooseposted 6 years ago

    I think they should be able to if they feel comfortable enough to do so. I have done in the past, but always fed with a blanket round me so people couldn't see. I can understand why people may feel uncomfortable about it; individual beliefs and values are important, but in that way we should respect those who wish to breastfeed in public as well as considering the people who don't like it.

    1. alvairs profile image61
      alvairsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      i think it is fine to breast feed in public with exercised discretion on exposing one self to others around you.

  4. Pauline Davenport profile image60
    Pauline Davenportposted 5 years ago

    The breastfeeding pages on Facebook have gone wild on this topic. In today's sad world it's acceptable to have sex and nudity shoved down our throats on the one hand, and breastfeeding a child seen as something gross on the other. It makes no sense to me at all. Definitely a 'yes' from me, but with discretion, although the breastfeeding hard liners would fiercely disagree with me.

    I have breastfed my children in public in the past, but discreetly, and wouldn't feel at all comfortable 'baring all' to the world, although I accept that other mothers feel differently
    The bottom line is though, other people don't have to gawp either - discretion comes in many forms doesn't it?

    1. alvairs profile image61
      alvairsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes i agree with you, but you will find people that will stare because of ignorance. Thank you for your insight.

  5. Denise Handlon profile image88
    Denise Handlonposted 5 years ago

    There once was a time in the United States, when breastfeeding a baby was done, in public or not, because that was the only way to feed babies.  Then, along came the corporate production of bottles and formula, and mothers who chose to have their babies delivered in the hospital, were now having their choice of breast or bottle feeding thwarted by the 'good doctors' who supported the industry of formula. 

    Breastfeeding is NOT an issue of morality.  Breastfeeding happens to be a form, and the MOST NATURAL form for feeding an infant.  Let me ask this question: Does the public get squeamish because animals suckle their mother's teats in public?   

    Breastfeeding in public does not necessarily mean that you whip your breast out in front of a trillion watchful eyes of all ages.   There are as many ways to breastfeed discreetly as there are mothers and babies.   I used to wear a poncho and tuck my baby under without anyone knowing the difference.  In the summer, it would be a light shawl or poncho and no one knew the difference.  Other times, I would step into the bathroom and feed them there.   Nowadays its even easier-there are 'nursing rooms'  or sitting areas in many bathrooms.  There are even family bathrooms in public places.   

    Anyone who feels this is a naughty thing or immoral really needs to take a check in regards to how they happen to view a woman's breasts.  If it is as a sex object, then of course there will be negativity regarding exposing the breasts for an infant to be nourished.   If it is as a natural part of the human cycle, then of course there will be positive support in regards to nourishing the little one. 

    Interesting question, alvairs!


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)