Post # 1
I’m just curious to see a (unscientific) poll of women’s reactions to other women breastfeeding in public.
Personally, I want to support other women b-feeding, and I love when women make that choice, but I still can’t help but feel a little uncomfortable when women do it in public, even if they’re discreet.
What do you bees think?
EDIT: I added an option on the poll – uncomfortable but support breastfeeding!
Post # 3
I honestly can’t answer this. I have never seen a woman do this in public or other wise. So I really don’t know how I would feel. But like you I 100% fully support women breastfeeding! Interested to see the results of the poll though!
Post # 4
I never did. However, when company came over. It was free range, I never thought I would whip my boob out in front of so many people and not give a damn lol. At first, I would go and lock myself in my room, then it got really lonely, my son wanted to breastfeed ALL THE TIME!! So then I was like oh, well… I never used a blanket either.. I had a fear that he wouldn’t be able to breath. But as far as in public, NEVER took it that far…but more power to the women who don’t care, it just wans’t for me.
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2011 - The Providence Biltmore
I hate that I sometimes feel uncomfortable but I absolutely support breastfeeding anytime, anywhere. For me, I think I’ll carry a scarf or cover up when I plan to be in public. I mean, kids gotta eat.
Post # 6
I don’t mind when women keep covered but when they just whip it out… I get super uncomfortable. A breast is a breast whether or not there is a baby attached to it!
Post # 7
Just want to say though, I LOVE the fact that i’m seeing posts about breastfeeding. It’s the best thing you can do for your child.
Post # 8
I’ll be interested to see the results too. I’m from LA and when I had my baby, all my friends were arty/actress/creative types and every single one of us breasfed everywhere we went. No big deal. And I didn’t know one single other mom who bottle-fed, now that I think about it. But I have to wonder if it’s just the culture or environment that makes you feel comfortable. Because frankly, you could live in any city in California and nobody would look twice if you whipped your boob out. For any reason. lol
However, my sister lives in Alabama and had her baby in January. She told me she’s completely uncomfortable breastfeeding outside her home and doesn’t see anyone else doing it either.
Post # 9
Do I mind that women breastfeed in public? Not really but I do think that they should cover themselves in an appropriate way. I support their right to breastfeed anywhere but I don’t want to see your boob hanging out in public. Sorry just my opinion.
Post # 10
I think it’s awesome for women to breastfeed, I just appreciate a blanket or something for privacy. I hate that it makes me uncomfortable, but it does. It’s hard to avoid looking at someone, but not want to seem like you’re avoiding them, but you don’t dare look at the baby because it’s like looking at the boob…blahblahblah. It just simplifies things if there’s some sort of boob covering device. The line between “I would like to give you privacy, but I’m trying to not seem rude by not looking at you,” is a hard one to walk sometimes.
Post # 11
My good friend at work just had another baby, she has a 3year old and a newborn, and she was lucky enought to pump three times a day at work and she leaves what she pumps at work, at the nurses station, home for the next day. She did breast feed the newborn in front of me but was so subtle about it it wasn’t uncomfortable. Haha but she also told me she pumps on her way into work .. .while she’s driving.
I don’t think it should be banished to the ladies room, cause they are so gross, but maybe pumping before you know your going to a restaurant. I’m all for breastfeeding, and i know your babies are tremendously important to you, I just don’t get setting up …. out in the open in front of an entire restaruant.
Post # 12
I’m sort of indifferent to it. It’s kind of like “okay, she’s feeding her kid” just as I’m indifferent to women who bottle-feed.
I will add that sometimes I’m not sure how I’m supposed to react. Like should I even look at a woman breastfeeding, or should I just ignore her? I don’t want to stare, and I think that’s why people don’t really like it or are uncomfortable about it b/c they’re not sure how they’re supposed to react.
Post # 13
@HisIrishPrincess: You can sit in a booth at a restaurant and nobody will notice what you are up to. It’s really not difficult to be discreet.
Post # 14
I think it is ok as long as they are covered, with a blanket or something… I was in a resturant once and she wasn’t covering up and I was some what put off by it. It isn’t that I don’t support it I just feel that… I don’t want to see …. that…. you know.
Post # 15
I remember the first time my best friend breastfed her baby in front of me. I had a moment of awkwardness but she made it seem so normal. I thank her all the time now because she set the stage for me. If I’m with someone I’ll ask, or tell if they’re in my home, that I’m going to be feeding. They can make a decision to move if they want.
I have a cover, but my son hates the thing. It draws much more attention to us when he’s fussing and pulling at it. I do the tank top under shirt. Pull up the shirt, pull down the tank, about 1/2 inch of skin shows.
Post # 16
@HisIrishPrincess: If it’s a really nice restaurant, I’d argue that it’s not an infant-appropriate place to begin with. And if parents feel that they can manage their kids in a way that does not draw attention and intrude upon neighboring diners, I can see it…but whipping out a boob at the table would count as attention drawing and intrusive to me.
But in most public places where people aren’t paying a lot of money for atmosphere, it’s just fine. It’s our social norm that women don’t expose their breasts in public, but breast feeding can be accomplished without displaying a fully nude breast to the horror and delight of onlookers. If someone just “knows” that reasonably discreet (lifted shirt, open neck, blanket, etc.) breast feeding is happening and can’t deal, they’re prudes. Do they get uncomfortable when they walk past a restroom b/c they just know what’s happening in there? Please.