public breast feeding yes or no?

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Erica - posted on 01/23/2010

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yesterday, 3:32 pm "umm i dont think so i mean yeah its a natural thing and im breast feeding but come on people dont wanna see a baby sucking on a boob its gross its called respect go in the bathroom or something i just think that is something u need to do in private"





If my breastfeeding offends you, put a blanket over your head.

Miranda - posted on 01/22/2010

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I feel that if you are discreet and you don't flash your -stuff- around than yeah. The baby has to eat to and some moms can't pump. Other times some babys won't take a bottle so if you are out and your baby wants to eat then of course DO IT!!!

Lolita - posted on 01/22/2010

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Sometimes it's not always convenient, but if you're like me I try to go to the restroom or a fitting room to try to be more discreet.

Savannah - posted on 01/22/2010

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Yes! I was told to quit and i told them to buzz off that my baby was hungry.

Shaz - posted on 01/22/2010

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I breastfed my daughter for 12 months and will breastfeed my 6mo baby the same. This may sound archaic but I dont see why we as women need to expose our breasts to breastfeed. There are so many ways to breastfeed your baby without having to go topless or having to cover up excessively to the point of suffocating your child. You wouldn't walk around without your top in public place ( except for certain beaches and communities) why start now? So my answer is YES BREASTFEED BUT PRACTICE MODESTY. Sorry if this offends...

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yes, as long as you have a rap or something. baby needs to eat too and we eat in public. I say have a rap for you and baby to have privicy.

Michele - posted on 01/23/2010

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Yes - your baby has to eat - it's natural not nasty. Society can be so weird about this stuff.

Kerrie - posted on 01/23/2010

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yes, its not that big of a deal. its actually very sweet to see bcause it a mom giving their child something nobody in the world can give.

Rebecca - posted on 01/23/2010

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YES...if your baby is hungry you feed him/her...so people may look but who cares you are doing best for you and your baby...i still nurse my 1year old in public...they have covers if you do not want people to see...my son hated this so i didnt use it long and i became less shy of just sitting down and feeding my baby in the middle of a huge crowd of people i didnt know...its all a preferance but i say YESS

Barbara - posted on 01/23/2010

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Absolutely!!! But be respectful of other's comfort. A receiving blanket or sling can make it very discreet.

Tara - posted on 01/23/2010

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Absolutely. Feeding your baby is much more important than making strange people feel uncomfortable. If they don't want to see, they don't have to look.

Ellen - posted on 01/23/2010

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Yes, if your babys hungary why not? people bottle feed in public? and if you are self concious, put a blanket over the baby and breast

Rebecca - posted on 01/23/2010

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personally, I avoid this. i have used store dressing rooms, the van, and even the bathroom. Although breastfeeding is natural, there are some disturbed people out there in public and I dont want them watching me and baby in this experience. There are also some confused people who find it offensive and I try to keep that in mind as well.

Pamalla - posted on 01/23/2010

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Oh Heck yes!!! I feed my baby where ever. I try to have a light blanky to cover us but that more for other peoples comfort not mine. I think breastfeeding is a very beautiful thing. I hope you dont ever feel ashamed to feed and bond with your baby in public. I say if other dont like they can kick rocks.

Nicole - posted on 01/23/2010

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Yes! And did you know its against the law for any one or buisness to try and prevent you from nursing.

Karlee - posted on 01/23/2010

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umm i dont think so i mean yeah its a natural thing and im breast feeding but come on people dont wanna see a baby sucking on a boob its gross its called respect go in the bathroom or something i just think that is something u need to do in private

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As long as you're not doing that then you think it's fine? That's a shame. What's wrong with that exactly?

CANDICE - posted on 01/23/2010

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ABSOLUTELY YES IF MY SON WAS HUNGRY AND IM IN PUBLIC IM GONNA PULL IT OUT AND GIVE IT TO HIM. THATS HIS FOOD,WHY SHOULD I BE ASHAMED TO NURSE HIM.

Sabrina - posted on 01/23/2010

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i say YES if you're descreet about it:) i do have a very funny story though, When i was about 8 months prgo w/my son i was working in a restaurant & this lil boy ran from the bathroom all the way into the dinning room & yelled "MOMMMYYYY im thirsty" then he lifted up her shirt & started nursing!! LOL i will never forget that!! but as long as you're not doing that i think it's fine..you should check out this website, uddercovers.com & use the promo code cute2 & you get like $32 off your order :)

Kayla - posted on 01/23/2010

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YES!! but make sure you are properly covered to ensure that peopel dont stare because they are perverts.

Kerry - posted on 01/23/2010

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yes! if my baby needs a feed then thats what she gets,if your hungry you get a pie froma shop,just because your out and about doesn't mean the child should starve because some folk don't like the look of it,iv seen some absolute pigs eating while in town that shouldn't be eating in public,lol.

Brittany - posted on 01/23/2010

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YES! Most of the time no one ever notices until they see me pull a baby out from under my wrap lol

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Yes! My baby wouldn't ever tolerate a cover either (& now she just thinks I'm playing peek-a-boo). People unfamiliar with breastfeeding will just think that you are snuggling with your baby. I have also carried on conversations with people, and they don't know what I'm doing. I've had people come up to me and tell me how great it is that I'm not afraid to do it in public. I also try to do the same when I see other moms out doing the same. I went thru the Atlanta Aquarium with my baby in a sling, nursing on & off for several hours. We eat when we want to, why not babies????

Jen - posted on 01/23/2010

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i don't like to breast feed in public. Even covered i still feel weird. i have feed my daughter in public because i would never let her go hungry but it still makes me uncomfortable.

Casandra - posted on 01/23/2010

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Yes, absolutely and when you get good at it you can nurse and do almost anything. I once nursed my son the whole time I was grocery shopping, a front carrier and a sweatershirt, no one even knew, not even my husband, when we wereleaving he asked when the baby neede to eat again, I told him he just did, shock all around.

Sandra - posted on 01/23/2010

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I'm from Portugal but for nearly 5 yrs living in the UK and it's only here that it is still so tabu whenever ur baby needs to eat people wont look at u in a pervert way that's the nature of life if u are ashamed u can always cover ur baby and the area ur breastfeeding. Don't just give up ur baby needs u

Dawn - posted on 01/23/2010

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Ok, to all those who say cover up, Never have covered up, have had several people come up to me whilst bf'ing and ask if he was asleep, said no he's just feeding and had them go away after a brief discussion on bf'ing with a little more education about it. I've had conversations with people whilst bf'ing and they haven't known until I spoke to them later that I've been feeding my son. One of the rules I live my life by is this;

Nobody is thinking about you, they are thinking about themselves just like you are.

And it's true. I can spot a bf'ing mother because I know what it looks like or they've got a big sign, I mean cover on. I will always go over to the bf'ing mother and congratulate her on breastfeeding and point out a couple of local places that are excellent for bf'ing mothers. If more women showed support about bf'ing in public it would quickly become the norm and accepted by most.

dxx

Amanda - posted on 01/22/2010

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as long as she has a blanket to not go all "public" because thats a bond between her and her baby.

Sylvie - posted on 01/22/2010

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Absolutely, and I've found that using a cover actually attracts more attention than not. Besides, the baby's head covers most of the breast, and isn't it why we have them? Breastfeed your child where you wish and as long as you wish. My daughter is 17months and still nursing, and will feed in public if she asks for it.

Anna - posted on 01/22/2010

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Yes. And the only part of my son that I cover up is his feet, if they are cold!

I once and while use a family rest/ nursing area if I want him to not be distracted and fall asleep. Breasts were made to feed babies and there is nothing more beautiful than a nursing child.

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What a ridiculous question! Unless you want to stay a prison at home you need to feed your baby whenever and where ever. Of course one can use discretion if needs be but you should always be able to feed your baby in public. With a toddler and a new baby there is no way I can stay home all day waiting for the baby to eat and sleep, you just have to fit them in around the family and breastfeeding makes that so easy.

Chrystall - posted on 01/22/2010

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YES! What do people think breasts are for? Sure they look nice when they're off duty and have nothing else to do but fill out a nice top or bathing suit, but when there is a baby to be fed...they must come out of hiding, well not completely I'd still suggest using a cover up.

Taysia - posted on 01/22/2010

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Yea def not always convenient, but the most healthy and natural for our loves!

Taysia - posted on 01/22/2010

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At first, I was nervous to do it and always made sure I had pumped milk when going out with my son, but now that he is 6 months old, I've realized breastfeeding is natural. It is the way many mothers choose to feed their child and as long as we aren't out there flashing our breasts around I feel like it is just fine, but I do at least cover up with my hand and usually a light blanket. I think some women don't like it because they are jealous of their boyfriend or husband trying to catch a peek or maybe because they weren't able to breastfeed. But I'm definetly for it!

Nichole - posted on 01/22/2010

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YES! I am so happy to see that everyone said yes to this. I am allllll for it. I mean, it's the most natural thing a baby and mother can do. I've had older women come up to me and say how beautiful it is so see a mother breastfeeding my baby.

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Yes! Why not? You are feeding your baby just as if a woman whom bottle feeds does. It is food and no one except your baby matters.

Mallory - posted on 01/22/2010

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Definitely a yes. It is perfectly natural. In other countries, some women don't even cover themselves while breastfeeding.

Mallory - posted on 01/22/2010

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Definitely a yes. It is perfectly natural. In other countries, some women don't even cover themselves while breastfeeding.

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