Breastfeeding in public - Yes or No?
Do you think that it is ok to breastfeed a baby in a public place? Why or why not?
Of course yes. It is the right of every women to breastfeed her child no matter where because when the child feels hungry, he/she should be breastfed.
In Australia, one of the parliament member breastfeed her baby in a parliament session and every women stood behind her and encouraged her to do so, so it doesn’t matter if it is in the parliament, train, park, or restaurant, I think woman have the right to do so.
The problem is that the pro breastfeeding brigade are pushing the boundaries now and insisting we are all a disgrace if we aren't happy seeing breasts being bared in restaurants and on public transport etc. There's nothing wrong with breastfeeding in public when it is done in a discreet, modest fashion, but what's the big idea of deliberately making a show of it and then accusing people who feel awkward about it of being out of order? It is possible to breastfeed a baby without flashing your boobs to a room full of people at the same time. Tolerance works both ways.
Some things just need to be done in private. Breastfeeding is a natural thing and babies need to eat when they are hungry. We also have to use the bathroom when we have to go, but we do that in private.
I personally wouldn't mind seeing a women breast feed her baby, but if I had my children there with me, it might make it uncomfortable.
Just my opinion
Breastfeeding is good for infants, much better than cows' milk or soy poison formulas. That being said, keep it under wraps, just like most people do with other natural functions such as taking a leak, taking a dump, jerking off, or having sex.
If the hairy-armpit brigade wants to be "natural", why not let the fun bags swing free in the breeze at all times?
The problem I find with people who think breast feeding should be done in private is that they confuse the breast with a sexual object - both women & men. So when they see the breast the immediate thought, whether it's conscious or unconscious, is sex. That is why they feel embarrassed and/or wonder whether their children should see it, because they are viewing the breast in the wrong context. I wonder if these same people have a problem with women wearing low cut tops, short skirts, figure hugging dresses or going topless on a beach? Probably not!
Breast feeding cannot be compared to going to the toilet or having sex and I have never seen a breast feeding mum showing off her breasts in public. Some people's minds are just warped!
Soni - I'm glad we're mutual fans You are the only sensible poster so far on this question!
Whatever Susana said ... she explained the issue best in my opinion.
why can't we?yes it can be done in taste,however as a first time bf,i was shocked at the behavior of adults who were offended by me. my son was covered,there was no way no one could really tell what i was doing.i was harassed and forced to sit by the restroom,how would you like to be feeding your baby,after a ride in a hot van with no ac ,and your child was becomng dehydrated and crying.that lady whi bought attention to me is lucky i did'nt slug her.i know ,how about if your eating offends me and i ak you to eat in your home only,and no,we can't always be descreet,not when it's summer time and you just can't see covering a baby up on a 90 degree day. tits and asses shown by so called thugs and girls who think they are the bomb,show way more than i did and seeing someones ass and tits pissed me off more in regards to my first 5 who were ff,yes there are so called bf nazis,but each situation is it's own,people who are offended call way more attention to the matter than we do. is it fair for me to be accosted by guards and strangers after the death of my mom at a ssa in front of my 2 girls? i was trying to be discreet when an old hag and a worker became threatnend my me nourishing my son,if i had not had fed him he would have gotten crankier,lethargic and dehydrated,remember they are only babies the haters are preventing babies from eating.we ask for privacy in public places but we can't oblidge when weirdos stare or refuse to give me elbow room,ff babies need room too.bf is the law ,not because it's illegal,what do you think babies did before formula?it's law so we don't get arrested for exposure,i say tits should be illegal to show,if they are being shown in a nasty manner,bf is not,remember jesus was nursed!no i am not some religious nut,i'm just sick of the whole matter .to each his own. you can turn your head!and maybe stop harassing us while we're nursing,some of us are trying to be discreet,it is unfair and against the law to yell,scream or upset a nursing mom,you might as well be yelling at our baby.
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