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Breastfeeding in public:

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Started by Wheetsin, Oct 17, 2008 1:09 AM
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Poll: Breastfeeding in public: (select all that apply) (25 member(s) have cast votes)

Breastfeeding in public: (select all that apply)

  1. Should never be done, period. (6 votes [2.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.56%

  2. Is fine with modest measures such as a nursing cover or blanket drape to cover her body. (107 votes [45.73%])

    Percentage of vote: 45.73%

  3. Is fine when done out of the public eye, like in a restroom, but should not be done in busy areas. (22 votes [9.40%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.40%

  4. Is only ok in places that aren't very crowded/populated. (3 votes [1.28%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.28%

  5. Is only ok if small children aren't around. (1 votes [0.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.43%

  6. Is fine any time and anywhere, it's natural and babies need to eat. (95 votes [40.60%])

    Percentage of vote: 40.60%

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    Wheetsin

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Posted October 17, 2008 - 1:09 AM

#1
Just curious to see what the popular opinion is. If your opinion is "other" please explain, if you don't mind the break in anonymity. It's virtually impossible to cover every option with a poll.


    anniedub

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Posted October 17, 2008 - 1:41 AM

#2
Hi Wheetsin,
Great poll!
I think breastfeeding in public is perfectly fine. A draped shawl or cotton blanket for modesty is nice, otherwise it seems a bit showy -- "look at me! I'm breastfeeding! I dare you to challenge me about it!"
Plus I wouldn't want my boob open for anyone to see! I don't think I would feel comfortable about showing myself without a blanket.
Interesting to see what sort of results you'll get!
Annie.


    cyndiloowho

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Posted October 17, 2008 - 2:31 AM

#3
I breastfed three kids in public and anywhere they were hungry. None of them would ever tolerate any covering. Have you ever SEEN a woman breastfeed? It is a baby up against the edge of a mom's shirt. No boob showing. The side of my stomach showed, that was it.


If boobs can be consistenly used to sell everything under the sun then why aren't people getting all up in arms about THAT instead of nursing?!?!?! I mean, lactation is what they are actually for, not the selling of automotive parts, beer, etc.


And another thing about the coverings: they seem to broadcast, "HEY, I'M NURSING OVER HERE,......DON'T LOOOK!!!" to me it makes it MORE obvious, not less. But, then again, maybe I just breastfeed differently. Like I said,"baby cheek up against my shirt, not taking my top off". maybe others do it by disrobing? :)

I can't believe, in this day and age, we have not learned to overcome this. Babies are in the hospital in China from tainted formula, other babies "needed formula" when Katrina happened.

Hey, maybe if we all encouraged breastfeeding more these wouldn't be such health issues!! Maybe if we encouraged nursing, you know, using boobs for baby-nourishment instead of "man-catchers" we wouldn't be having these problems.


(I had problems nursing all three so I get that it isn't easy for everyone, but if we could get past the whole ,"gee, should women nurse in public?" question it would help! Public Breastfeeding IS LEGAL!!)


    plain

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Posted October 17, 2008 - 3:24 AM

#4
I voted "use a modest covering". It doesn't bother me in the least (work in a medical setting and have seen it all. NBD) to see breastfeeding. When I voted "covering" I wasn't so much thinking a physical cover so much as a little discretion, like cyndi was saying.

Anywhoo, I think it's a little sad that some people get up in arms about stuff like breastfeeding, but think that the graphic violence and torture that is vogue in movies and TV is suitable for children. Weird commentary on our culture....


    gadgetlady

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Posted October 17, 2008 - 4:12 AM

#5
I have two daughters; one of them developed a facial palsy shortly after birth so I had to pump for about 8 months and I couldn't nurse her :). But the 2nd I nursed everywhere -- restaurants, planes, trains, busses, and boats. We went to Europe when she was 4 months old; I nursed her on the horse carriage ride up to Neuschwanstein, at Oktoberfest, at the Vatican, on a gondola -- you name it. I was always discreet and used a cover, but I'm a big fan of what's best for the babies.


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Posted October 17, 2008 - 4:43 AM

#6
Fine any time any place to me. I breastfed three kids and in the end (at home) I could walk around and cook whilst I was doing it.

If I was in public my first plan would be to go to a quiet area like a mother's room if available - whether or not I think it is fine, it might make some old codger uncomfortable, but also, try feeding a 9 month old baby in public, they are SO into what's going on around you and they tend to turn their heads and crane their necks (without letting go of your boob mind you) and you'll often find they feed WAY better in a quiet place.

If I had a blanket or shawl I would use it but after six years of breastfeeding, i'd lost any sense of privacy about my boobs whatsoever, if someone wanted to look good luck to them.

That said, there was a huge furore here about ten years ago now, about a woman who was asked to leave Lynchs, a very upmarket restaurant, for breastfeeding. To be honest, I cant see why you'd take a baby there in the first place, its SO expensive and a real experience to be savoured, definitely one to get a sitter for or just not go if you're not comfortable with that. Nor would I take a baby into a board room or into parliament like one woman did here, and got caned for breastfeeding. I mean, come on, yes, its natural, yes women can do any job men can do and sometimes feeding babies coincides with passing law, but come on! Do you REALLY need to feed your baby in parliament? What do you THINK is going to happen?

Edited by Jachut, October 17, 2008 - 4:45 AM.



    stevegoad

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Posted October 17, 2008 - 5:48 AM

#7
I am not offended by women breast feeding, and I think it is somewhat childish for adults to be offended.

But that said, I'm a fan of modesty - cover up if you can, go to a less-crowded area if possible. While I am not offended, it doesn't hurt the child in any way for the mother to try to be less-conspicuous.

I say this with the clear memories of being a pastor, and watching a mother "whip it out" on the front row of my church while I was preaching one week. In my mind, she was not being considerate to me. It would have been no problem for her to sit on the back row, take the baby out, or at least try to cover up a bit.

So, yes, while I always would encourage being to those around you, I don't think you need to go hide or make your baby starve.


    plain

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Posted October 17, 2008 - 5:48 AM

#8

if someone wanted to look good luck to them.


w00t!!1 I call first place in line!!


    cyndiloowho

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Posted October 17, 2008 - 8:34 AM

#9
Oh, and just to add re: breastfeeding in the bathroom....


If anyone would have EVER suggested that I sit on some disgusting public toilet to nurse my baby I would have suggested that THEY go eat in a dirty, smelly bathroom.

YUCK.


    anniedub

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Posted October 17, 2008 - 9:07 AM

#10

Have you ever SEEN a woman breastfeed?

I can't believe, in this day and age, we have not learned to overcome this.


No need to get so defensive, Cyndiloowho. Just an opinion.


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