(Closed) Fully exposed public breastfeeding. Thoughts?

posted 9 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

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@Mrs. DG:I heard someone say that they were frustrated because they could hear a baby drinking in a restaurant (under a hooter hider) and that grossed her out.

Are you kidding? Ok that’s the craziest thing I’ve ever read.

Post # 19
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am pro-breast feeding, but I think it is best to simply put a light shawl or blanket over your breast.

Post # 20
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I really don’t care. It’s not a sexual thing, it’s feeding a baby. Nothing vulgar about it.

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@UpstateCait: Hmm…I really think it would have been best for her to go in a different, more private area…or at least turn her back to the people around.

I highly doubt the shop will lose business because a mother was breastfeeding her baby though. I’ve never left a shop because someone was breastfeeding their baby, and I don’t know anyone who would.

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think that people don’t always understand that some babies really don’t like to be covered while feeding, one of my good friends baby was like that, if she tried to cover his face while he was feeding he ripped off the blanket, screamed, and kicked up a fuss. He wanted to be able to see his mommy while he was eating. Unless you look really closely, when a baby is properly latched, you cant see anything major.

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@UpstateCait: I still don’t see the difference. she was being proactive and feeding, if she had waited for the baby to start screaming would that have made it okay? I mean, they’re boobs. most of the people in the bridal salon have them and if they’re the guys in there, they’ve probably seen them. it’s really not a big deal! I go back to what 
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Miss Tattoo said – you don’t even see much anyway and it’s for a natural, productive reason; not some sexualized peepshow.

Post # 24
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@UpstateCait: who cares if the salon lost business. They would have lost a lot more if they made her go somewhere else and LLL found out about it. Victoria Secrets got in BIG trouble about that a while ago and they were bombarded with a nurse in. Breasts are too sexualized in this country.Americans are the only country with such problems with public breastfeeding. If this was Sweden, no one would have even looked twice. 

Also, when you breastfeed, your body knows when it’s time to feed your baby. My daughter would start to whimper at feeding time and my breasts would start to leak. I never waited until she was full blown screaming. You know when your child needs to eat. I’m not a boob nazi, but I just find it funny that people think breastfeeding moms should cover up or go somewhere out of sight. When you wear two shirts and breastfeed, there is nothing to see at all. 

Post # 25
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

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@mwitter80: No joke… babies make noise when they drink, whether it’s water or booby milk… What’s the freaking difference.

 

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@UpstateCait:   I would hope that as women we are a supportive community of each others’ experiences from dating to getting married to having children and raising them.  I really don’t think a woman should have to slink off to take care of their baby!

Post # 26
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

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@elliestan: In her second comment she does say that she feels exactly that way.

“I feel like mothers should make a concious effort to find some privacy”

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m fine with public feeding, but I’m rather modest myself, so I’d like to have a cover and I’d appreciate it if others used one as well. I know it’s not a sexual use or anything, but a boob is a boob, and I’d prefer not to see them in public whether it’s mine or someone else’s.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would never try to breast feed in public, but if Baby T needs to eat, then he needs to eat. I’m not about to lock myself at home to avoid breastfeeding. But I’d try to be discreet about it if I was in public. I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable, and I don’t particularly want to flash my boobs all over town either! My SIL is making me a few nursing covers to use when I’m out and particularly while I’m in FL for my sister’s wedding. I’m going to try and be very modest while I’m around her FI’s family, but without missing out on all the festivities either.

It wouldn’t bother me a bit to see anyone else breastfeeding in public. I am very pro-breastfeeding and think that if more people were accepting and kept negative comments to themselves, maybe more moms would persist with it.

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Having had a child of my own, I would not breastfeed in public. I am not uncomfortable with someone else doing it if they use a cover. I am very uncomfortable with exposed boobage. But, that’s when I just look at the floor or the ceiling. Hehe! But, it’s such a touchy subject and lots of people have very strong opinions on the subject!

Post # 30
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

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@elliestan:  Hey yeah, come to think of it in one of the bridal salons I went to, the woman asked me to take off my bra because she said the dress would fit better.  I didn’t see her bat an eyelash about the boobs!  I think there is a ton of boobage in bridal salons!

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I personally don’t like to see it. I am find with someone feeding their baby under a blanket, but just taking their boob out in public is not ok with me.

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