Post # 1
So I was at church this weekend. I serve in the infant room. 2 year olds and under (yes I know 2 year olds aren’t infants but that’s what the room is called. lol).
Anyways, there was this little boy who kept crying and crying so we paged his mom. She came in and cuddled him for a while. I was in the room with my DD and the other volunteer had stepped out for a minute. So we started talking about breastfeeding. She asked if I was going to breastfeed and I responded that with my DD it was so painful but I am going to give it my all this time around. All of a sudden she pulls down her shirt and whips out her boob and sticks it in her sons mouth. We continue the conversation but I can’t help but think shouldn’t she put a cover over herself? I barely just met her that day. I mean if one of my aunts did this it wouldn’t phase me but a stranger kinda caught me off gaurd.
What do you ladies think?
I am totally not like “Ew gross a boob.” I just think it’s something that doesn’t need to be shown to strangers.
Anyone else agree?
Post # 3
Call me a prude, but I think breast feeding should always be done in private unless there is literally no where to go…then drape a blanket or towel over yourself
Post # 4
I don’t think it’s necessary to go somewhere private to breastfeed, but I will wear a cover/shawl or use a little blanket to cover myself when I do feed the baby, unless I’m around very close family or my husband. I don’t think everyone needs direct visuals, but I don’t think it should be something women are embarrased about either.
Post # 5
I think women should do whatever they feel comfortable with. I personally would try to expose as little as possible, but I don’t think every woman should have to do that.
Post # 6
Private, not bc anyone should be embarassed but bc no one needs to see your breast. If your home or with close family no biggie but if you whip it out in a restaurant that’s awkward all around. I see women at the mall all the time most will go in the fitting room for privacy. Every once in a while someone just sits in on the couch and breastfeeds (uncovered) in front of customers, their husbands & children.
Post # 7
I’ve never had a problem with people breastfeeding in public. If mom is comfy with it, I’m comfy with it. Generally, I think that if you have a problem with breastfeeidng in public, don’t stare at her boob lol.
In your situation, you were in an infant room, are a mother with a young child, are discussing breast feeding and her baby was hungry. If that’s not the appropriate time and place to breast feed, I’m not sure what would be!
Post # 8
This is a topic that so often gets heated.
I personally would not feel comfortable breast feeding in public without a cover of some sort and I appreciate the same from other women.
Post # 9
Personally, I wouldn’t just whip it out anywhere–I’d use a cover. We do have a family member who doesn’t wear a bra and will breastfeed her toddler wherever. It’s a little awkward in front of 30+ family members/their SOs to see, though.
Post # 10
I think more people need to get used to the idea that breasts are for feeding babies. While I intend on breastfeeding in public with a shawl or cover, I 100% support all ladies that pull their boobs out when their babies are hungry. The sexualisation of breasts has gone too far: it’s time we make breastfeeding mainstream.
>Stepping off my soapbox< lol…
Post # 11
If the mom feels fine about it then it’s just fine. I generally used a blanket in public, but in more mom friendly places I would go without if I didn’t have one handy. I pretty much just wore loose shirts for the first few months and I found that was usually enough coverage for me.
Post # 12
@figgnewton: I someday hope to live in a world where it’s not rude to have breasts out. It’s also legal to be topless in public where I’m from, maybe I should try it some time…
It doesn’t matter if YOU are uncomfortable breastfeeding in public. Don’t do it if you are! No one deserves to have their body policed, especially by other mothers.
It’s time to stop looking at breasts as these sexual man-pleasers and stop being so prude about the most natural thing in the world.
Post # 13
I don’t think a woman should feel embarrassed about it, but I also don’t think women should just pop it out uncovered anywhere either.
Post # 14
I don’t care one way or another. If you want to breastfeed in public, cool. If you don’t, cool. I don’t think anybody who isn’t breastfeeding should have a say in it.
Post # 15
I had a friend who would do it at the university in public. Sometimes I would walk up and not even realize she was breastfeeding. I never once saw her boob.
I think there are a minority who make it very blatant just to make a statement, I wish they wouldn’t.
For the others, I think if a shirt slips or the baby is fussy or something it shouldn’t be a big deal, but bring a coverup if it’s a regular occurance.
Post # 16
Considering breasts were designed for feeding (all other “functions” are created culturally), I’m for feeding the child however & wherever they’re hungry. They aren’t a “sexual” organ.. they are for feeding.