(Closed) Breastfeeding in public

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 136
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Worker bee

CorvusCorax:  I hope you never become a mom! I dont think I ever heard somebody says they dont care if a baby is hungry youre disgusting! 

Post # 137
Bee
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

You learn really quickly when you have a LO that BFing might not always be easy … Sometimes it requires more hands than you have, and you need to see what’s going on, so there’s no covering it up. But most importantly, babies don’t always get hungry by the clock or want to nurse when you want them to. Especially when giving a baby a boob is an easy way to calm them, I think nursing in public is way more pleasant than the alternative  of a crying baby whose request for food or comfort is being denied in lieu of convenience. 

I loved the article. Every time I Boyfriend or Best Friend in public I do feel as though I am on trial, but I live in a very progressive area and no one has said anthing. I hope for their sake no one ever does.

Post # 138
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951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

MrsNewDay:  I find both scenarios you presented, breast-feeding in public and drunken coeds liftingtheir shirts for frat boys, quite distasteful. Luckily for people, good taste and civilized behavior is not and should not be enforced by law.

Post # 139
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

nawella:  I was raised by a nanny as well. She was great. She’s like a grandmother to me now. 

Post # 140
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

christinah24:  What bearing does my not caring about a random baby I don’t know have on my caring about my own hypothetical baby? If my baby was hungry in public, I’d feed it with a bottle or under a nursing poncho if I cannot not find a secluded spot.

Post # 141
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

CorvusCorax:  IF your baby will take a bottle, and IF your baby is willing to be fed under a blanket, and IF there is an appropriate spot.  If YOU are uncomfortable breastfeeding in public, don’t do it.  If YOU are uncomfortable when other people breastfeed in public, DON’T LOOK.  Your attitude about how people who feed their babies in public are trashy is ridiculously immature.  

Post # 142
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

peachacid:  You said it…

Post # 143
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I have some mixed opinions on this: partly because I consider myself progressive and tolerant and partly because I too was raised in this society where feeding your baby the way nature intended is considered an innapropriate public act. 

I don’t have kids (yet) but the time will come when I am faced with this ever bearing dilemna. I personally am a very conservative person when it comes to my front end. I wear clothes that cover my boobs and when I see super low cut, cleavage ridden outfits on women, I cringe a little because I think that your body should be kept decent in public. 

I think that the decency extends to breast feeding as well. Not that you have to hide in a bathroom or anything. But trying to be discreet never killed anyone. 

Should it be this way? I don’t know exactly. But it is. Boobs have been defined a certain way in our society. All the mommy wars and defending such acts will not change the way an entire society of people believes overnight. Over time maybe, but not overnight. 

Am I personally offended if I see someone breast feeding? Not at all. It doesn’t bother me one bit. But then again I have a set myself and they’re more like tools to me than sex toys so I get it. 

12 year old boys don’t get it though. Lots of teenage boys can’t get their mind out of the gutter either. Same goes for grown men. 

I think it boils down to public decency. No you don’t need a breast feeding poncho. I have seen lots of moms breastfeed without a cover up in a decent manner. It’s no biggy. But I think you do need to look around you and assess your environment. 

Post # 144
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

peachacid:  It is a thread about public breast-feeding, which is an invitation for posters to express their views on such. I don’t look at it, but I do judge mothers who breast-feed publically without any regard for proper discretion. If you don’t want people to judge you, then breast-feed discreetly.

Post # 145
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Worker bee

CorvusCorax:  you font have to worry about feeding a baby in public because you wont ever be a mom!

Post # 147
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538 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Columbia, SC

CorvusCorax:  You know, you could just stop commenting. Everyone knows how you feel by now. 

Post # 148
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951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Tanleggedjuliet:  I was unaware that it’s frowned upon to reply to comments in which you are addressed. 😉

Post # 149
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I plan of breastfeeding, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing it openly in public.  I don’t care what other people do, but I personally would feel self conscious breastfeeding out in the open.

Post # 150
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Bumble bee

CorvusCorax:  Wow, wherever you are women must be running around in malls and other places completely topless with children just hanging from their breasts. I have seen many women breastfeed in malls, restaurants, and other public spots and I have to say, I’ve never seen any women NOT feed their child discreetly. All of the women and children have been not only clothed but not exposing much more than a small patch of flesh that you can only see if you were seriously looking for it. So wherever you reside, it must be a nudist colony.

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