Public Breast Feeding

Shelly - posted on 09/06/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I work in a small town grocery store and I have this one customer that comes in ocassionally who will stand in line and start breast feeding her child right there with no cover or blanket. I have nothing against breast feeding (I did with my daughter) and I understand you may be out in public when your baby needs to feed, but I could see how uncomfortable she was making all the customers. She seemed to be oblivious to everyone around her. How would you suggest this be dealt with, if at all? Thanks

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Jodi - posted on 09/06/2012

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Your uncomfortable customers are the ones with the problem. Breastfeeding is natural. People can get over it.



Maybe it wouldn't be a problem if there wasn't a queue......

Sylvia - posted on 09/07/2012

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What, would the other customers be more comfortable if the baby was hungry and screaming? :P



There's an easy way to deal with it: don't look. As in, look her in the face like you would any other customer.

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Corinne - posted on 09/07/2012

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As the other ladies have said, breastfeeding is a natural thing and the customers who are uncomfortable with it are the ones with the problem. If anything needs to be dealt with, it's the attitude of those who would rather see a baby go hungry than deal with an exposed boob. After all, if it wasn't for breastfeeding there wouldn't be boobs.

Angela - posted on 09/07/2012

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For anyone who is uncomfortable or offended - don't look!



As Jodi said, the issue is probably because there is a queue!



I would actually challenge the customers who appear uncomfortable about this - but do so politely - as in "Is there anything the matter there, Mr Jones? You look a bit worried!"



If anyone is bold enough to state they don't like seeing a woman feed her child in a public place and maybe she should go somewhere more private, you could try saying "Ah but there's a queue and she's a busy young mother - time is everything! Of course, if YOU would like to go elsewhere whilst she feeds her child that's fine!" Trust me, the complainers won't want to lose THEIR place in the queue either!



But you need to be polite and friendly about it. It would never do to lose any customers!

Amy - posted on 09/07/2012

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There is nothing to be dealt with as far as I'm concerned. It's her right to feed her child any way she wants, if other people are uncomfortable that's their issue not hers.

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