Post # 1
Last night we were at a sports bar/restaurant and the woman in the booth across from us started breastfeeding.
While I 100% support breastfeeding in public, I couldnt help but feel a little uncomfortable. It’s the first time I’ve actually seen someone do it, in a sports bar no less. I was mentally laughing at all the college guys freezing up LOL and the poor waiter didn’t no if he should come over to them or wait.
anyways, did you or will you breastfeed in public? cover or no cover? how did people react to you feeding in public?
I would like to reiterate that I do support breastfeeding in public, I was just taken off guard a little, as I never see it actually happen 🙂
Post # 2
- Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard
Yeah I did. I did try to do it in corners or spots away from people and I always made sure it was well covered.
I think most people just try to look away after they realize it. First couple times in public make you uncomfortable but after that you realize that your baby’s health is so much more important than what any stranger thinks.
Post # 3
I’m not 100% sure what I will do. I would use some kind of cover (like a shawl or sweater), but for my OWN comfort, I may just try to pump ahead of time.
Post # 4
cls9q: while a sports bar wouldn’t be my 1st choice to visit with a baby, i think it’s totally fine for the mom to breastfeed her baby.
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
I would rather breastfeed at our table then in a public restroom. This would not offend me.
Post # 6
cls9q: I would breast feed in public if my child was hungry and I didn’t have any pre-pumped in a bottle. I would use a cover just because I am not comfortable with my lady parts showing at a park or sportsbar. I think either covered or uncovered is a personal preference and doesn’t bother me when I see it in public either way.
Post # 7
I was raised in a family where this was never a big deal. I remember plenty of my aunts and cousins sitting around the table breast feeding and talking or doing whatever. It was never a big deal when I was a kid and it honestly wouldn’t phase me now. I probably wouldn’t notice.
In my opinion it really stems from the fact that we typically view a woman’s body as a sexual object instead of the life producing, life giving thing that it is. I would rather see a bear breast woman sitting in a restaurant feeding her child than see her hiding in a dirty bathroom in shame.
Post # 8
I was kind of afraid to breastfeed in public. Not because I was uncomfortable, but because I was afraid of offending other people. Well, DD won’t take a bottle and I can’t stay stuck in my house all the time, so I bring my cover and do what I have to do. So far no one has said anything to me.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
I don’t have a problem with breastfeeding on public, I’m just not sure if it’s for me. I’m very shy & reserved, but with a hungry screaming baby, I can see how you just do what you gotta do haha.
My sister is significantly younger than I am & my mom would just go to the car. I used to hate it because it meant stopping what we’re doing or waiting around for them haha. Teenage Stephanie was a peach 😉
Post # 10
cls9q: It doesn’t offend or bother me, everyone has their right to do as they please in this arena. I personally operate under the code of ” just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” Time and place is important as well, being cognizant if you have an audience is something I think you should consider at least, especially at a sports bar. I would probably slip out to the car or somewhere more private if I knew a bunch of 22 year old men would be staring intently at me and baby.
Post # 11
If you were in Hooters, I would think that woman was a subversive feminist genius and would immediately ask her for her twitter handle so I could follow her.
Post # 12
It’s not offensive, but I would not feel comfortable doing it. Like it or not, some people are going to be like OMG BEEEWWWBS *stare stare stare* because we are all socialized that way. Also I don’t think it’s fair that my boobs are meant for the same thing, but they’re offensive somehow because I’m not currently lactating. Also I think some women are doing it as publicly as possible just to be all sancti-mommyous about it, like that woman who made a big stink about it on instagram who just happened to own a maternity photography company, or the big “feed ins” at the local ledgeislature building. No one is stopping you from doing what needs to be done, but social attitudes take a long time to change. I think the bigger issue is de-stigmatizing boobs in general. Free all the boobzez or really, none of them are.
Post # 13
If I’m lucky enough to be able to breastfeed, I will be feeding my baby whenever and wherever he or she needs to be fed. It’s one of the most natural things in the world and seeing it in public does not bother me at all
Post # 14
It amazes me that there are people with enough energy to give a fuck about someone feeding their kid.
Post # 15
Womens breasts are made to nurse babies. A bunch of 22 year old men can stare all they want but they won’t see anything.