breastfeeding around my son?

Susan - posted on 04/23/2012 ( 17 moms have responded )

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is it ok to breastfeed my young baby girl, while my 12 year old son is in the same room? He sometimes watches

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Merry - posted on 04/23/2012

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It's very beneficial for him to see what it's supposed to look like to feed a baby.

He should respect you and not be touching you or whatever but there's nothing wrong with him observing you feed the baby.

In fact it is helping him a lot because when he's a dad he will remember that breastfeeding is a good smart way to feed a baby and he will not be so shy about his wife doing it!

Happy - posted on 04/23/2012

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Good for HIM!!!! Best for him to learn what breast were for from you then from Penthouse magazine! Breastfeeding is normal and he needs to see that! Your future breastfeeding DIL will thank you!

Frances - posted on 04/25/2012

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I breastfed in front of my son. But I was subtle about it. I wouldn't just have my boobs hanging out all willy nilly. I was very brief with exposing.

Beth - posted on 05/02/2012

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I have a 4 year old son, and am expecting another son this fall. I fully plan to breastfeed in front of the older son, I see no issue with this. My husband and I still walk around naked in front of him. Young kids haven't yet learned the shaming of nudity in our culture, and they haven't yet grasped any concept of sexuality. I think it's great for them to see breastfeeding in action, then they get to grow up with it as a totally normal occurrence. Maybe we can keep the minds open for the next generation so they won't have to deal with the ignorance surrounding breastfeeding that we do.

Anna - posted on 05/02/2012

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Of course it is. Number one, breastefeeding in public is legal andn number two, the more we expose our children to breastfeeding, the more "normalized" it will become. Unfortunately, in our Western culture, we see pictures of babies drinking from bottles not breasts. I hate to admit this but I myself found breastfeeding gross until I became a breastfeeding mother. We need to teach children that this is the natural thing to do.

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Sarah - posted on 05/15/2012

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i fed my youngest boy when my eldest was about and he watched nowt wrong with it, he is being curious. when my youngest was 3 and half years old my eldest was 11 and would sit by me and i would have paul my youngest feeding and i arm round steve. i think it is encouraging

tho i know my eldest is a boob boy judging by his past gfs blesings, he has respect for what breasts are for other then sexual

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It is totally ok and normal. My oldest son is 13 and he watches me breastfeed his younger sister all the time, at home or in public, he has seen me breastfeed all of his younger siblings. It is a normal and natural thing as he grows up.

Lila - posted on 04/30/2012

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i breastfeed in front of both my older kids one is 7 a girl and one is 4 a boy it is something my kids understand that i'm feeding their baby sister and its normal and natural.

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Why not? You are doing something natural. He is looking to you for clues of how to treat it. If you treat it as natural, he won't think anything of it. He might be interested in what is going on, but he needs to know that it is normal.

Samantha - posted on 04/29/2012

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Yes, yes, yes! Men need educating about breastfeeding just like women do. Who knows, maybe some day when he becomes a dad, it will all come back to him and he will be a great support to his partner because used to being around a breastfeeding woman.

Ania - posted on 04/25/2012

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i would say that it is how you normalize breastfeeding for him. Plus you are his mom he does not see you as a sexual creature

Carmel - posted on 04/24/2012

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Yes, as it will give him some good education about breasts and breastfeeding ie breasts are not just for looking at and breastfeeding is a natural thing that mothers do.

Sally - posted on 04/24/2012

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It'll be good for him to see what breasts are really for instead of growing up to think they are advertising tools or playthings.

Susan - posted on 04/23/2012

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haha, you have all the answers! :P well, i dont know, i guess, i feel like, 'i shouldnt see your boobs, and therefore he shouldnt see mine'

i dont know, hope you know what i mean though :s

Louise - posted on 04/23/2012

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He is entrigued that is all. There is nothing sexual about breast feeding. Don't send him away as then you will make him feel like something dirty is happening. If he is not embarassed about seeing his mums boobs then why should you be!

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