(Closed) Breastfeeding..do it in private or public?

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
6134 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
1966 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
1052 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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
11177 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

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
11239 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
2227 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

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
924 posts
Busy bee

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
638 posts
Busy bee

@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.

*rant over* 

Post # 13
649 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
9000 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
10509 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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
5658 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

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.

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