What are your thought on public breastfeeding!?

Jasmine - posted on 03/18/2011 ( 29 moms have responded )

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I believe a mother should be able to breastfeed where ever she wants to...The reason im curious to know other mother views out there is because... The other day i was at my local shopping center and a lady was breastfeeding her newborn on a bench in the middle of the mall,however you couldnt see any private bits another lady walk past her and said "Thats gross go to the bloody mothers room" at that the breastfeeding mother said excuse me please mind your own business and this other lady started going on at her calling her names like a tart and what not !! i couldnt belive it..... i think breastfeed is such a natural motherly thing to do and no one has the right to abuse someone for doing so..what are your thoughts?

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Christina - posted on 03/19/2011

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When people would tell me to go to the bathroom to breastfeed my children, I would respond, with a smile, "Sure, but only as soon as you take your dinner in there and eat it while sitting on a toilet.." I never covered up, but I did keep a blanket wrapped around my baby. I would leave their faces uncovered. Most people didn't know I was breastfeeding unless they came and poked their noses in to take a glimpse at my child.

Stephanie - posted on 03/22/2011

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Well my view is that if children and adults can eat in public why can a newborn/infant! If she had a cover over then why the hell is someone bitchin! If you dont breastfeed your child in public what are you supposed to do let the poor child starve! I bet the women that said all those rude things to the breastfeeding mother didnt even attempt to breastfed a child if she had any! Every mother should have the RIGHT to breastfed where ever! its a natural for of food for an infant! people just need to quit being so rude!

Ashleigh Jade - posted on 03/19/2011

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If thebabys hungry it needs to eat, as long as her area is covered and i cant see anything i have no priblem with it.

Sabra - posted on 03/18/2011

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I am all for breast feeding and I think that the way that woman reacted was uncalled for and inappropriate. However that being said I do believe that breastfeeding mothers should be as respectful to others as possible and try to cover up which most women do but not everyone. I know that that is what a breast's purpose is but that is not the only way that they are viewed and it does make some people uncomfortable.

Just as you would move off to the side walking in the mall to be courteous do the same by covering up, you and your baby are not the only people in the mall



I should also add that I do believe that you should be allowed to breast feed anywhere and not sent off to a nursing room but they do make special nursing covers.

Rachel - posted on 03/18/2011

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i am pregnant with my third baby now and am excited to breast feed. i had twins before and they were breastfed but it was so difficult to do at home, let alone in public, but with this baby i should have no issues. and for other people i guess they just figured out that this is an accepted thing now in society, i know years ago this wasnt really done but now it is almost encouraged. i know where i live they post signs saying it is a breastfeeding friendly place. i guess as long as you are covered to some extent then people need to get off of it and move on :)

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Candice - posted on 04/11/2013

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Again Dont like? DONT LOOK. Human milk for human babies and young children

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Nothing wrong with Bottle Feeding either! :-D

Gillian - posted on 04/10/2011

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There is nothing wrong with wanting to feed your baby, no one expects a bottle fed baby to be fed 'behind closed doors' in the bathroom so why should a breast fed baby ?!?! If anyone ever said anything to me about feeding my child in public and told me to go somewhere else Id ask them if they would like to eat their meal here people use a toilet!

Sarah - posted on 04/10/2011

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oh i'm the same holly! i always look at newborns being bottle fed and think 'poor kid' hahaha!
i know we're not the only ones coz when i bottle fed my daughter in public (breast milk) i got dirty looks! haha :)

Holly - posted on 04/10/2011

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I view public breastfeeding (especially without a cover) as a chance to educate the public about the benefits and naturalness of breastfeeding.

Personally, I find watching a mother bottle feed their baby quite upsetting because I know that the baby is receiving inferior nutrition. However, I would certainly not attack someone for doing so.

Kimmy - posted on 04/08/2011

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I think that as long as you are covered in public and no one can see your private area then you are totally fine. It is natural and it shouldn't bother people.

Sarah - posted on 04/07/2011

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ahhh wtf? I breastfeed whenever and wherever i want to!
Even while breastfeeding, in the middle of the shopping centre, i am STILL the most covered up 17 year old in the whole building HAH!
People need to get over it! How can anyone be insulted by a baby? Especially those who are not insulted by the trashy teenagers with everything showing except their 'hoohaa!' hahaha :)

Carol - posted on 03/30/2011

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What a bitch. She needs to mind her own yard and keep out of others. I think its fine as long as your covered.

Ashleigh - posted on 03/29/2011

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i feel its perfect fine. if we get to eat in public why cant a baby. its not their fault their way is different from ours. people who stare and have the nerve to say rude things to a breast feeding mother are just ignorant.

Megan - posted on 03/29/2011

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I completely agree. No one yells at a toddler for eating lunch in public. That's exactly what that baby is doing. Eating his/her lunch. It's just wrong the way some people act about it. A mother's breasts aren't protrayed in a sexual manner when she's feeding her child, so I don't see the issue. People are so ignorant.

Aimee - posted on 03/29/2011

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breast feedin is the best thing ever and no 1 should say anythin to anyone about it they are only feedinthere child there are some hurtful people in this world in the uk it is made legal that u can breast feed your baby in public places so im all for it

Alicia - posted on 03/22/2011

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i think breastfeeding in public is fine, she is just feeding her child. but i believe in public places such as the mall, or a park a cover would make everyone more comfortable.

Tina - posted on 03/21/2011

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yeah that's pretty rude i think people act in more inappropriate ways in public and wear stuff that is quite revealing so i don't see why breast feeding mothers should be given a hard time a baby needs to be fed. We eat when we're hungry we wouldn't expect someone older to have to hide when they're eating or go to a rest room. Not every place is has a suitable place for mothers to go either. As long as you are not completely revealing anything their shouldn't be any issues. Some people are quite pathetic and need to grow up.

Connie - posted on 03/21/2011

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I believe if you baby his hungry you should be able to breastfeed wherever as long as your comfortable. I always tried to find a feeding area with my first child but when it came to my second i couldn't expects my two year old son to still in a room with nothing to do for up to an hour while i feed my daughter i always tried to cover up and used a breastfeeding cover but that was more for me than anyone else.

Toni - posted on 03/21/2011

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I personally see nothing wrong with public breastfeeding.
Unfortunately, breastfeeding in public is so shunned nowadays, that not alot of people dont do it.
I believe that that is the reason why alot of new mothers have trouble with breast feeding. I felt really uncomfortable. Do not see it happening, so we no longer have the natural instinct.

Kateh - posted on 03/21/2011

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i will feed my daughter where every i want to i use a blanket to cover up but i still get looks from ppl and tutting and pointing if a mother was feeding a child a bottle they can do it where ever they like to i really dont like the predudice, i made a complaint last year to mothercare due to there feeding room in hull, it was in the same room as the toilets now am i being picking if i dont want to feed my daughter in the toilets with a damp ceiling that part of it had fell down. i took videos and pictures asnd sent them in it still took 6 months for them to fix it, and the room is still in the toilets i thinkit is digusting that ppl who breatfeed are treated like second class citizens and even in the breastfeeding friendly places doesnt stop ppl from looking and tutting..........

Brooke - posted on 03/20/2011

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I put it this way, I eat where ever I want. Whether it be at a restaurant or in the middle of a busy st.. so why wouldn't I feed my baby where ever I want as well?? I would never hide away in a secluded room to "protect"others from what is natural..

Belinda - posted on 03/20/2011

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im a teen mum and even though i have now stoped breastfeeding i used to get them out where ever i was lol with out being crude boobs are for feeding younge nothing eles not really if people dont like it walk the other way simple i hold my hands to people who publicaly breastfeed if a baby needs to be feed tuff to people who dont like it

Samie - posted on 03/20/2011

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I just can't believe people like that. You wouldn't think anything of a toddler eating a cracker on the bench, why can't infant have a meal on the same bench? I fully believe that a woman should be able to breastfeed where ever she may need to. That being said, you should use a nursing cover and not just display your breasts for public view. But as long as no private bits are showing there is no reason why the other woman should have reacted in such a horrible manner.

Megan - posted on 03/20/2011

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I breast feed in public and most of the time dont cover, The only way i cover up is if i am sitting right beside someone who i dont know, But if i'm in a mall sitting beside my husband on a bench i will just feed her witout a blacket.
If you dont like it dont look, And besides i have shirts that show more clevage then when i breastfeed.

Ashley - posted on 03/20/2011

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I believe people have the right to have their own opinions, but they also have the right to walk away from things they dont like. Breast feeding is natural and its great for mom and baby, i breastfed my daughter everywhere, park library, grocery store, bus, car... she was hungry so i fed her. Its not wrong or disgusting and people who cant get over themselves and realize what a great thing it really is really bother me. I hope she dealt with it well. I remember when someone made comments to me, i didnt know i could call the police but i did stand up for myself then i cried in private... it was awful. I still breast fed in public, just gave the rude people angry looks back.

Claire - posted on 03/20/2011

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That is horrible! I breastfeed anywhere and everywhere my one year old wants. I wear an undershirt and simply lift up my top shirt just enough for her to latch and then cover around her face. You can't see anything unless you're an inch away and staring. It's not a big deal to me. A lot of moms out there breastfeed, and that's the way it should be! So I'm not embarrassed or scared to defend myself in a public place.

Pia - posted on 03/18/2011

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I can't believe someone said that. That's discrimination!! As if breastfeeding isn't hard enough in the early days!!
I think people should be able to breastfeed anywhere, however there are so many people like that woman who give funny looks it mutter under their breath so I can totally understand why lots of women don't do it anywhere!!
With my first baby I was really nervous about doing it in public, now with my second I can't be bothered to care what other people think. If they are uncomfortable they are most welcome to go elsewhere!

Roxanne - posted on 03/18/2011

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I don't think there is anything wrong with it at all, if you need to feed baby feed them wherever the hell you want! Its not sexual or exposing yourself or anything. I hope that woman knows she can get the other one charged with harrassment, its pretty much illegal to tell a mother to stop feeding her baby or have a go at her about it.

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