Toni - posted on 02/24/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )
My child is now nearly 7 years old and when she was a baby I breastfed her. Breastfeeding was encouraged by midwives, health visitors and doctors yet when we were out in public I was aware that people would look at us in a disapproving manner.
My sister and I had our babies just 10 wks apart so we were often both out together shopping etc and would have to stop for a feed. Most often it would be in a cafe or restaurant. We have been asked by staff and other customers to feed our children at a mothercare store which was streets away or in the toilet, we told them we'd feed our babies in the toilet when they ate THEIR lunch in the toilet. We never understood why people were so affronted when they couldn't see any boob or nipple anyway. I certainly didn't want to flash my boobs so would drape either my t-shirt or a blanket over my babies head.
I'm planning on trying for a 2nd child later this year and will breastfeed again hopefully, so I was wondering if breastfeeding mothers still come across these attitudes from people today?