Post # 1
my fi and i were hanging out with our friends the other day at their house and she decided to start breastfeeding her baby right there, in front of us. it’s not the first time i’ve seen breastfeeding boob, we also have a friend who doesn’t mind doing it in a restaurant, or wherever we happen to be. right now i say that i would never be comfortable doing this, but as i’m not a mom, i know i could never say how i would feel in that position. moms, what are your opinions on breastfeeding in front of your friends?
Post # 3
really really really hate when women do this. like, really hate it. makes me want to throw up. especially in restaurants. barf.
Post # 4
I did. But sometimes you have too. I would always try to be really secretive and go in the corner or something. And if we were at a public place, I would go the bathroom. I also had a cover up (so much better than a blanket!) so you could never see ANYTHING. I don’t like looking at it, so I wasn’t going to make others!
Post # 5
Don’t care. Baby has to eat and breastmilk is the best thing for it. It’s hard enough being a new mom without having to basically drop out of life because you’ve got to go hide in a closet every time the baby needs a meal.
Post # 6
With friends in my own house – I could see just whipping it out. Other than that, I’ll have to cross that bridge when I come to it since ducking away to feed could be a real pain. But it doesnt particularly bother me when I see other women doing it.
Post # 7
I don’t expect them to hide or go to the bathroom or something. I don’t mind them doing it in front of me, in public, etc as long as they cover it up by putting a blanket over or something. When they just whip it out in the middle of nowhere and stay exposed it makes me uncomfortable. I really don’t know why, it just does.
Post # 8
My family is really pro-breastfeeding, so I’m on the other side. Sorry!
A certain amount of discretion should be exercised, in my opinion – I like the enormous scarf/blanket method – you drape it over your whole torso, unbutton and get the baby settled, then if it’s too hot under there you can re-adjust it. However, it pisses me off to no end when people say “why don’t you do that in the bathroom?” They’re feeding their children, not taking a crap! If it bothers you so much, you go eat *your* dinner in the bathroom!
Post # 9
@rosie girl. our fried used to have a cover up- it looked like an apron, but i guess she got passed that point! i definitely didn’t mind when she used that, of course your baby needs to eat and why should she have to leave. but she was sitting there saying, “eat the boobie” with the boob sticking out. i didn’t know what to think about that.
Post # 10
@artbee: Yeah, that’s awkward! You can breastfeed without being all “here’s my nipple.”
Post # 11
Oh boy there are so many baby things going on today!
I plan on following my SIL’s lead. She is so modest and polite about it. Very ladylike not like “omg i gotta feed the baby!” and yanking her boob out. She does it at her own house but lets us know she’s stepping into another room (she doesn’t want to make her brother uncomfortable by whipping it out) but if it’s just like me and her mom, she just feeds the baby under her shirt.She doesn’t just do it at the table either–she sits on the couch and still talks to us, but otherwise it’d just be awkward I thnk! She’s very respectful I guess is the word I want.
Not everyone is ok with it (there is a fine line for me between feeding a baby in public and just being a hoosier about it. None of US are like that I’m sure, but i see it a lot). This is why they make those Udder Covers…so you can be tactful.
As much as I don’t want to see every woman in the world feeding their baby (which i get is 100% normal), I also don’t wnat everyone to see ME doing it. Men are like “yeah!” about boobs and I don’t want to deal with that.Some guys are weird, sexually about that, and i don’t wanna deal.
I have no problem stepping into a woman’s room or NOT feeding a baby at the table. I can excuse myself. Sometimes I think people lose all sense of decency though b/c i’ve seen all sorts of things. Sometimes it’s necessary but sometimes i think it’s just uncalled for to be so blatant about it. Restaurants are not the place–in fact i waited tables and i just saw it way too much. Trust me, you don’t want your baby eating near the table, lol. Then again I also saw 4 month olds sucking on soda, so….some women politely wore their cover up or would step into the car or another room or something, but right in FRONT of everyone? Have some modesty!
Just like I appreciate people wearing the right size clothing becuase I don’t wanna see that, I also appreciate boobs in their places lol
Post # 12
Oh i hate those “i eat boob!” or “got boob” shirts on little kids.
Ew! Especially little boys. Creeps me out.
Post # 13
I am not a mother and I am not bothered AT ALL by a woman breastfeeding her child in public. Our society sexualizes breasts so much. Breasts are actually for nourishing babies, not for filling out bikinis! Americans are so uptight about the funniest things!
Post # 14
I don’t care if I see other women doing it – It’s a natural thing to do…and the baby needs to eat!
When I become a mom someday and if I end up breastfeeding my babies (which I plan on at least trying to do), I think I’ll try to keep others’ feelings in mind as far as covering up when I’m in public (restaurant, park, etc.), but if a situation arises where I cannot cover up, my feeling is: if you’re uncomfortable watching me breastfeed, then don’t look at me! Ha! My baby is more important than your feelings – sorry!
Post # 15
I don’t love it at a table in a restaurant, but anywhere else as long as she covers up, I don’t mind. Sorry, although I don’t think the breast should be such a big deal, I AM american, and don’t want to see it whipped out in public 🙂
Post # 16
I would never breastfeed in the bathroom… because I wouldn’t take my infant baby to a resturant. EW think of all of the germs! Also, after watching my sisters with babies, I don’t think I would even have the energy to leave my house the first few months. It is exhausting!
This all may change when I’m a mom, but I doubt it. No one in my family has ever breastfed in public, and I’m sure I’ll be the same.