Breastfeeding in Public- Opinions?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • 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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
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Busy bee

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
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

I would rather breastfeed at our table then in a public restroom. This would not offend me.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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
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Buzzing bee
  • 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
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Bee Keeper

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It amazes me that there are people with enough energy to give a fuck about someone feeding their kid. 

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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.

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