Breastfeeding in Public
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â« Shawnn âªâ«â« - posted on 12/14/2011
Minnie, do you wean your child from a bottle at 6 months? Do you only feed your child at home? Are you seriously living with the rest of us in the 21st century?
If you are THAT offended by someone NURSING A BABY for goodness sake, then STAY AT HOME. don't go out, because God forbid, you may see something you don't like!
It's not like moms are strippers or something. They don't get a thrill out of feeding (other than the one they get for being a PARENT). I couldn't bf for medical reasons. But, that doesn't mean I don't respect those who do!
I agree with the other ladies here. You either A) need blinders, B) need to stay home, C) simply DON'T LOOK!!! No one invited you to dinner anyway, so why are you staring?
I'd recommend some attempt to reach some sort of understanding, or your kids are going to grow up having the same narrow mindedness.
Lise - posted on 12/13/2011
I nurse my 25 month old in public. Don't like it? Don't look. You don't see ANYTHING. 1) I use a cover - not out of respect to anyone else, but because my dd loves to talk to me and I don't want anyone to see my breast(s). If she would just nurse, I wouldn't cover up. 2) She's 25 months old and her head circumference is over the 80th percentile. She has a huge head, and my boobs are easily covered by it.
Do I think women should just sit there with their breasts out? No, of course not. But the women I've seen nurse are discreet - with or without a cover. You see t-shirt, baby's head, more t-shirt.
@ Minnie and your narrow-minded "I saw a mother nursing, god, must've been a two year old or something, I don't know, whatever the kid was was waaay too old"
Average weaning age is 4 years old. WHO recommends nursing until 2. Get over yourself.
Denikka - posted on 12/15/2011
I breastfed in public. And I breastfed at home while company was over. In front of them XD Started out a little shy in the beginning, but by the end of the first month, we were pro at it and it was no longer an issue.
Honestly. . .I regularly see more titty with bathing suits, tank tops and low cut shirts than I EVER saw with any breastfeeding woman or than anyone ever saw with me.
And I am personally more grossed out by watching some gross slob smack and grunt and chew with their mouths open.
Both those things that I'm grossed out by, happen WAY more frequently than I have seen a mother breastfeeding. Most of the time, you'd never even know that's what they were doing. On MANY occasions, I had people come over to see my baby and not realize until they got up close (sometimes too close XD going to brush his cheek and too late realize that he was feeding XD)
Breasts are both sexual AND functional. I don't understand why it's okay for ads like this:
or even some of the dresses celebrities wear on the red carpet
to be out in the public eye, but breastfeeding is *gross*
Yup. Breastfeeding moms aren't doing any good for their kids and THEY are the ones showing too much skin and causing our poor innocent children to ask questions about boobs!!
Ya know what..let's just demand that all parents with children under 10 have to stay at home with metal plates across their windows. That way there's no issues. You'll never have to risk seeing a moms boobs being used for their proper function, you'll never have to risk seeing a baby have their bum changed (how gross that they let those things into the regular bathrooms XP), you'll never have to hear a baby cry or scream or giggle (heaven forbid it annoys someone). Yup. . .let's lock up moms and kids. No one wants to see them. . .they're GROSS
XD XD XD XD
I totally couldn't type that with a straight face XD!!!
â¥âªMeganâ«â¥ - posted on 12/14/2011
If the baby is hungry the baby has to eat. I'm with Sylvia if you don't want to see a baby nursing then don't be so damn nosey!
I nursed in public back in New York all the time and so did other women. We do it here in BC as well.
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Minnie - posted on 12/15/2011
I am pleased that you enjoyed it. Talking out the logistics of overcoming my physical limitations while facing the hordes of breastfeeding mothers, their boobs and their spawn has sparked some ideas for logical limitations we could instill. It doesn't seem to me as if it would be a difficult matter for mothers to implement these measures. Burqas are already high fashion across the globe.
It was thoroughly entertaining to me, too. ;)
Bonnie - posted on 12/15/2011
I have no problem with mothers breast feeding in public as long as they cover up. I have seen some that don't and yes that is wrong, IMO. Personally, I breastfed my first child and whenever we had plans to go out, I pumped. It was just easier for us. No extra time needed for feedings and my husband could feed.
Minnie - posted on 12/14/2011
Sometimes I get this kink in my neck and I just sort of get stuck in one position. So the least you breastfeeding moms could do is drape a tent or something. Jeez.
Dr. Barry, I didn't know they were putting DHA in formula now? How weird, my sister had DHA once, itched like crazy. I hear it's contagious?
The most public I ever nursed my girls was in the car, but they were twins and it was just easier for me. They were also schedule fed, so it was rather easy to plan outings around their feedings most of the time.
I became a single mom when they were 6 and my son was a newborn. Life doesn't stop for older kids just because they have a baby brother, so.... I nursed my son in public for 2 years (and still in church for 2.5 years). Not one single person ever had a negative comment for me and if anyone had any negative looks... well, I was focused on my son or his sisters, so I never saw them. ;)
Lise - posted on 12/14/2011
Okay, really? Who is more inappropriate?
The mother here breastfeeding - http://www.google.com/imgres?start=33&nu...,r:19,s:33&tx=64&ty=65
Or the celebrity - http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&...,r:5,s:0
Minnie - posted on 12/14/2011
Meh, I don't. They're both bodily fluids coming out of bodily orfices! Hmmm. Maybe mothers should wear a sort of diaper over their boobs while feeding under the hooter hider and their burqas.
Either that or use the restroom.
Merry - posted on 12/14/2011
sunscreen gives you cancer! didnt you learn that yet? if you keep the baby from burning for the first year then thyre skin is all set to fight off the suns rays all on their own! they will be nice and tan by fall but its all natural. not like those chemicals in suncscreen
Tinker1987 - posted on 12/14/2011
i think if its a older child/toddler it wouldnt be as necessary to nurse in public,i mean my one year old is cut down too 2. and a half bottles of milk a day,morning night and in between ,if i were up town i wouldnt feel the need to "nurse " him... but if nursing mothers feel the need to have to feed their child then so be it...i wouldnt be grossed out over a natural part of life.i just think if it were myself,i dont think i would need to,if my older child say 2-4 was eating,meals with us and such,know what i mean?!
Medic - posted on 12/14/2011
Ok now your being a little rediculous....even more than before. You know good and well it is a figure of speach and you chose to be literal about it. I fail to see how your back surgery affects your views on breastfeeding which in all honestly is none of your concern how any other mother chooses to feed their child as long as the baby is fed.
Medic - posted on 12/14/2011
Ok I did not breast feed and I would not have the confidence to do it in public but I have crazy respect for those that do. One of my good friends and I were out shopping with my 5 year old boy and 23 month old daughter and we had to stop at the play area so she could feed her 9 month old. My son asked, she answered and he was over it. She was descrete and of course people stared and she just ignored it. What the hell is the problem with kids seeing their parents naked also? If my kids don't want to see anyone naked then they should stay out of the bathroom while I am showering. If you make it a big deal then it becomes one, if you act like its nothing then it is nothing. I think someone needs to pull the stick outta their _____ and get over themselves.
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