We just had a huge debate about this subject and I think it is quite amazing how many are offended by breastfeeding in pubic. What about it makes people so uncomfortable? Do people even know why they don't want to see it? Do they really even know why they are uncomfortable? I have have heard people comparing breastfeeding to men urinating outdoors, to defecating in public, to having sex in public!! Really???
I think people should truthfully explore why they feel so much animosity towards this action. Some will find out that just it is not socially acceptable is the only reason they are disgusted by it. There is power in numbers, and more mothers should feel VERY comfortable to breastfeed their babies in public. It's crazy that anyone thinks that they should put other peoples uncomfortable state of mind first before taking care of their child. Anything that society says is not socially accepted people will find discuss or something negative to say about it!! They don't even know why!! It's called being brained-washed!! And Americans are just like field mice when it comes to being brained-washed into a social membrane of thinking.
Not that this compares in no way, but just think 20 years ago, if you were to see a gay couple holding hands in public you would be totally disgusted and just like clockwork someone is going to stand up and say something about how 'UNCOMFORTABLE' they are with seeing it. But today, no one is voicing their opinions in a negative manner anymore but they are defending the action and saying how these 'people' deserve to be able to live their lives in public the same as anyone else. And we brained-washed Americans have now signed up and signed on because now it is socially accepted!!
Breastfeeding is a as natural as the air we breathe. For those mothers who are embarrassed by it when they see other mothers doing it, shame on you! Because you have allowed society to take make you feel ashamed for being able to do what is natural for your body to do when it comes to taking care of your baby!
I am all for breastfeeding because it is known to produce a more healthier child. I mean our bodies were made to do this obviously. And whether it is in public or in the privacy of my own home, when my child is hunger I am going to put my childs needs first and to hell with anyone who thinks I am suppose to think about them first and how uncomfortable my child's hunger is making them. If the milk was being produced from another part of my body such as my finger or my elbow you wouldn't have problem with me feeding my child in public. But because the breast are associate with sexual connotation this is what makes it inappropriate, this is what makes it uncomfortable. Get your mind right people! As a matter fact, take back your mind from society and think for yourself.
This crazy how some people don't like the fact that a woman take her breast out to feed a baby, but won't say anything about when men's take their penis out and pee anywhere in front of anybody, that's discussing, but at the same time i don't care so i keep walking.If you are in a restaurant and see someone breastfeeding and don't like it, guess what?? get up and get out if you feel so uncomfortable.
Actually, men taking their penis out and peeing is a sex crime. you walk 15 miles into the woods and need to pee? if a cop happens to be hunting out there you're in for it!
My daughter is 2 months old and I breastfeed. She doesn't always eat at the same time every day. When she's hungry, i'm going to feed her. It is a mind explosion to me that some mothers believe breastfeeding needs to be done in a bathroom. A mother should be proud and not ashamed of her ability to give her baby such a great start to life. I breastfeed wherever the hell I want. I encourage every other mom to do the same. Every time I see a lady breastfeeding in public I have to fight the urge to go over and thank her. Power in numbers, people!
I'm a woman and really don't want to see it, I think it's a bond that should be shared with your infant but NOT in public they do make breast pumps so you can give them breast milk whenever and maybe a day will come when there are lounges for breast feeding mothers until then get a breast pump & a few bottles & USE them.
If a woman is feeding properly, I don't think many will notice.
People that haven't breastfed make suggestions that seem simple but aren't.
I'm not feeding my baby in a disgusting public restroom or covering her with a blanket so she sweats. Baby bottles are not interchangeable and the use of pumps will slowly deplete milk supply. A newborn eats as often as once per hour for the first 6 weeks, nursing publicly is unavoidable during this period especially.
I certainly do my best to sit away from people and stay turned from the masses but I certainly will not hide in shame. Oh, to the comment about the baby sucking noises, you're just beyond reasoning with.
10 years ago, heavily tattooed people made the masses uncomfortable simply because it wasn't the norm.
I can guarantee you, more skin is shown on the public beach in a bikini than I show while feeding my baby.
Is it me or what ??? cuz i can manage to breastfeed my baby without showing my breast. As for woman who do expose their breast well good for them why do people get so offended when a woman breastfeeds when GIRLS ARE APPLAUDED AND REAWRDED WHEN THEY FLASH BOTH BREAST DURING MARDI GRAS ..its sickening..i don't care who sees me and if they are offended i refuse to have my baby eat her meal in a restroom or being secluded ..if thats what you want then you eat your meal in the restroom with her too...its simple of you don't like it DONT LOOK ..cuz i could care less who does or doesn't look
Look. The world does not revolve around your child. If I'm out on a date in a nice restaurant then I do not want to hear your baby sucking loudly on your nipple. A blanket does nothing. You still know what's going on, and that's really uncomfortable for the rest of us. It makes me feel sick if I'm trying to eat and I can see/hear it. That's what mother/toddler bathrooms are for. Of tou have a child you have to live with the fact that you will be making sacrifices like that.
Nobody cares if you're offended. We're offended. Most childless (and not so childless) people I know dislike seeing it in public. Then you have the audacity to be really offended when people stare. Yeah there are sme pervd who are turned on by that, or people who can't bring themselves to looks away, but if you are doing it IN THE MIDDLE OF A PUBLIC PLACE then expect it to happen. I'm not saying it is wrong to breastfeed but o just don't want people to breastfeed publicly. You can get around it. Use a breast pump. Sorry to be so blunt but o, sick of self righteous mothers who think I care about their brats lecturing me for having an opinion.
I really don't care if people are offended by me breastfeeding my baby. I don't care if people are looking because my boob isn't for them its for my baby to eat and the whole pump thing well i don't think i should have to pump for when i go out in public. my baby is 100% breastfed and i refuse to pump because in the time that i give my baby a bottle and i don't let her breastfeed my breast get engorged and then i end up losing milk.. its against the law to ask people to leave a public setting just because YOUR uncomfortable... cuz in that case then i get uncomfortable when i see a baby being formula fed.. and maybe you too should leave .. and as for the mother/toddler rooms well if my baby is going to eat her meal in a room secluded then how about you eat your meal in the room with her... SERIOUSLY the nerve of some people... I BREASTFEED MY BABY IN PUBLIC NO BLANKET I DONT CARE WHO LOOKS AND WHO IS OFFENDED BECAUSE THATS HOW IT IS MEANT TO BE ...no one says anything about artificial milk
"Formula is an artificial substance that is made to replicate mother's milk. It is NOT a duplicate of mother's milk. Pick up a can of formula and read the ingredients to see that it is quite inferior to breastmilk. It is mainly made up of sugar and oils and a protein such as cow's milk, soy or whey. It does not contain antibodies, digestive enzymes, or immunoglobulin. Babies that are fed formula are 14 times more likely to be hospitalized in their first year. These babies are more prone to respiratory illnesses, ear infections and diarrhea. Babies that are fed formula instead of breastmilk miss out on the intense physical bond that allows them to develop a sense of trust in the world. Giving your baby formula is not the same as breastfeeding. Formula is not an equal substitute for breastmilk. It can keep alive a baby that has no access to breastmilk but is actually fourth on the list of best food choices for baby. The first three being breastmilk from the mother's breast, breastmilk pumped and given in a bottle and then another mother's milk from a milk bank."
That being said """"I WILL BREASTFEED MY BABY WHENEVER AND WHEREVER I WANT!!"""""
It makes me uncomfortable and i am a Mother. You can breastfeed in the bathroom or at home before going in public. Bring a bottle of your breast milk. If you are making others uncomfortable, you are being rude. And as far as those that continue to breastfeed after the child is over a year old....well, you are just weird!!
I really enjoy the attention I get when I breast feed in public. But then again, I often do things just to make people uncomfortable.
LOL... i just think if u don't like it don't look..seriously no one is forcing them to look... you know??
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It's ok for women to flop a teet out in public but, as a male, when I walk into a store with no shirt on i'm asked to leave because i'm considered obscene. Bottom line is that this behavior makes people uncomfortable. Guys don't want their wives checking out some half naked dude while shopping, gals don't want their husbands checking out some gals teet either....you show it and people are going to LOOK - exhibitionism. If having to feed your child in the car before you go shopping, or go to the bathroom while shopping to feed is such an inconvenience the you should have considered adopting a dog - wait, they can be inconvenient as well. Life is full them, live with it.
I was in upstate NY several years ago and witnessed a woman have a man arrested for looking at her breast while she was breast feeding on a bench outside of a PUB.....heck, I should have been arrested along with 200 others that saw her nip as well. Luckily for the gentleman he was allowed to move on with out the embarrassment of being hauled away to jail. Next time I catch a baby toting mom checking me out while shirtless I think i'll call the law.
I get what your saying abut the shirt if it were up to me i wouldn't care if a guy didn't have his shirt on or not.... but what i don't get is why is it ok for woman to flash people at mardigras and get rewarded but a woman who breastfeeds is looked down upon
Women who breastfeed in public usually always "keep it covered." Spare us all from the zealots on either end of the "feed in the bathroom...to... whip it out au natural" spectrum.
"JezebelJean"....that says a lot right there.
"..usually always.."? Isn't that basically like.."kinda-sorta"?
There are other options available to women these days to feed their babies and still keep their modesty. The only reasons to breastfeed in public is either laziness, poor planning, self-centeredness, or exhibitionism.
Quit making a big deal out of it. This has been done for years and it has been okay. Find something else to try to destroy, babies need to eat.
Yes in private and those ladies had the class to know to keep it private
breastfeeding should not be done in public that's why they make breasts pumps...stop making it uncomfortable for other people and keep the bond between you and your baby
EXACTLY!!!!! no one says anything about babies who parents choose to give them artificial substance "baby formula"
Babies need to eat, so feed them at home or take a baby bottle with you. They don't have to be breast fed EVERY meal. If you're out in public, use a bottle. Show a little common sense and have a little modesty. Good grief.
Yes, breast feeding is natural and it might be lawful but...once I witnessed a public breast feeding. There was a man intently watching the event. He was not related to the woman and he was alone. I could only wonder what was on his mind. Breast pumps were made to prepare for public feedings. Whether we like it or not, some unsavory individuals might get excited by what they see.
I applaud women who breast feed, the most normal, healthy and precious time a mother and infant can have - but please, keep it between mother, infant and family, if she chooses, somewhere IN PRIVATE. I have breast fed three babies, family and friends may have
been present - but only those I CARED ABOUT could see what was special to me and mine. If I happened to be at the zoo ...
I covered with a light blanket.
You can be sure, there will be plenty of rubber neckers in a public place, It's none of their business.
I applaud women who breast feed. Of course it is the most normal,
healthy and precious bonding time a mother can give her infant...a time between mother, baby, and family if she chooses, not for the rubber neckers and you know there would be plenty...do it, yes, But please keep it private.
It is totally okay if a blanket is use to cover - but for a woman to breast feed with her breasts completely exposed is really not something that I personally would want to see. There must be some modesty involved.
We need to be encouraging more women to breastfeed their infants instead of having this ridiculous argument about when and where this should occur. Perhaps those who experience such tremendous discomfort upon seeing a woman breastfeeding her infant should consider seeking mental health counselling to sort out the underlying reasons for their feelings of unease.
Perhaps women who do not have the foresight to use a breast pump and not selfishly make others feel uncomfortable should not be mums.
I applaud women who breast feed. But keep it private. The woman interviewed on tv was disturbing. That kid had a full set of teeth. Sick.
Nothing wrong with breastfeeding, but not in public. That's not the time nor the place. My 10 year old shouldn't have to see it either, not to mention any sicko that might be standing around googling.
This is nothing but exhibitionism in the name of breastfeeding. Sounds to me like the one who needs counseling is the mom who can't stay home long enough to feed her baby in private and has a compulsive need to shop til she drops, even at the expense of her child. What kind of bonding can that be running between the aisles with a baby hanging from your breast?