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Breastfeeding in public:

Started by Wheetsin, Oct 17, 2008 1:09 AM
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96 replies to this topic

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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Posted October 18, 2008 - 2:10 AM

O, and the little sounds they make while nursing, those are my favorite sounds in the world, i so miss that!

I nursed all three of mine. Only the first one ever had a bottle, and only because i was only 18 and modest so i would make a bottle for him when we went any where. I had issues with pumping, so it was formula, which is nasty! It stains everything and stinks so bad and he would always spit it up. I weaned him when I found out I was pregnant with his brother. A year later when his brother came along, i was an old hand, no more bottles, heck, grandma tried to get him to take one once in a while, but the boy gagged on every nipple on the market, mom's was the only one he wanted. I was still modest and covered up with a receiving blanket or if the shirt was big enough, with that.

My worst nursing experience was when I was nursing my daughter, she was 16 monts old and i had to go to the ER due to gallstones. I had been going at least once every month or 2 since shortly after her birth (no insurance at the time) and they would give me something for the pain, then send me home. But this time, a different doctor, I told him i was nursing and wanted something non-narcotic, he asked how old the baby was. When I told him, he informed me she was too old to be nursing and gave me something narcotic. I was livid! I couldn't believe a Doctor of all people had said that and gone against my request. That's when I weaned her. I was so pissed over that.

Personally I believe babies should be nursed, if at all possible for at least the first 2 years. My kids are healthy, smart and we are very close. Can you believe I once had someone ask me, "Isn't that a hassle?" No, a hassle is formula and warming it and cleaning bottles, etc. So easy just to whip out a boob and let them latch on.


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Posted October 18, 2008 - 12:08 PM


Oh, well I did the *right* thing and breastfed all of mine for two entire years each and we still got asthma, eczema and the fat gene in our oldest son and chronic nasal congestion/sinus problems, snoring and sleep apnoea in our second son. We seem to have gotten it right with Eliza.

I'm glad I did it, it was wonderful. And have you SEEN the cost of formula these days?

I was glad to stop each time though.

My daughter was breastfed until 3 1/2, never had an ear infection, rarely sick, etc., in that time. Then she weaned, and within a year and a half, she'd had over a dozen ear infections, sick all the time, had to have tubes put in her ears.

The thing is, what they won't say, breastfeeding doesn't prevent illness, allergies, obesity, and all that. Formula increases the risk. Breastfeeding just leaves the child at the biological norm for them. If your children (and other breastfed children) have asthma, sleep apnea, etc., they would be worse off and sicker if they'd been formula fed. However, everybody wants to say things like "breastfeeding reduces the risks of _____" when it should be "formula increases the risks of _____."


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Posted October 18, 2008 - 1:00 PM

I'm not saying how long I nursed Mini-Mac for. :tongue_smilie:

I only did MacBoy for 4 months because I had trouble pumping at work (they didn't have good pumps readily available at Toys R Us back then and I got bad advice from a Lactation consultant and didn't rent an industrial strength one). I'd definitely say formula is more hassle than breastfeeding based on my experiences.


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Posted October 18, 2008 - 8:38 PM


I believe it is a detriment to the child when a mother doesn't nurse.

Well then, I guess I ruined my child:crying:.

I have no issues with nursing, I wanted to but physically did not produce enough milk. That being said, my child is rarely ever sick (not even once a year) and is intellectually gifted. So, should I feel bad about not nursing?!


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Posted October 18, 2008 - 8:43 PM


Well then, I guess I ruined my child:crying:.

I have no issues with nursing, I wanted to but physically did not produce enough milk. That being said, my child is rarely ever sick (not even once a year) and is intellectually gifted. So, should I feel bad about not nursing?!

Not any more than I should. I'm lacking glandular tissue in both breasts and had to supplement with formula- my son is perfectly healthy and happy. I would have preferred to exclusively breastfeed, but life doesn't always work out the way we've planned. I hate when people say things like that. We all know breastfeeding is best, to make others feel bad for choices does nothing for the cause. When you know better, you do better.


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Posted October 18, 2008 - 9:25 PM

I plan to feed breastmilk for at least 6 months, hopefully a year if it will last, but I will not breastfeed that entire time. I will need to have a bottle introduced fairly quickly. The health, developmental, etc. benefits are linked to the breast milk, not the breast feeding. Of course, breastfeedung brings its own benefits, I'm sure.


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Posted October 19, 2008 - 12:20 AM


Well then, I guess I ruined my child:crying:.

I have no issues with nursing, I wanted to but physically did not produce enough milk. That being said, my child is rarely ever sick (not even once a year) and is intellectually gifted. So, should I feel bad about not nursing?!

Oh, goodness, no! I didn't mean to imply that at all! We cannot ever be perfect parents and shouldn't stress about every decision we make -- especially if it is out of our control.

Posted October 19, 2008 - 12:48 AM

I have been reading through these posts and agree that breastfeeding is VERY important. Of course there are those who are not able due to many reasons. I hope to breastfeed my children when they come along. I'm not sure if I could do it for 2-3 years though, it might make me a little crazy. But then again, maybe I will enjoy the connection with my babies.

I think there is something to be said about adverse effects of formula. Just like most things in life, what is right for one, may not be right for another. Some babies do wonderfully on formula, and some(like my neice) are throwing up constantly because of it, and could really benefit from breast milk (her mother didn't want to give up smoking when she was pregnant, but did because her husband insisted. As soon as she was born though, mom went right back to smoking. The poor child has a horrible reaction to the formula, and stinks so bad)

As for breastfeeding in public, I have no problem with it, but I agree with using a bit of modesty, not everyone wants to see.

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