Nursing in public

@ellie26 (4128)
Malaysia
May 25, 2007 2:15am CST
My sister-in-law nurse her baby just about anywhere. At one time, we were having dinner at a restaurant. Her baby cried for milk and she just breastfed him there. How do you find mothers breastfeeding in public? Do you do that or do you go to somewhere private to nurse?
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@mi2ok02 (406)
• United States
25 May 07
As a mom, when my babies were little, I nursed them in public if I had to. But I didn't expose myself to other people. I made sure that I was completely covered up. Most people weren't aware that I was nursing and just thought that the baby was sleeping. I would go to a private area to start the nursing session and just cover up completely. When baby was done, I returned to a private area to put myself back to together, give baby a burp and a diaper change. I see nothing wrong with nursing and I think it is a beautiful and natural thing. As for nursing at a restaurant, it is an eating establishment! However, I would ask if anyone minded that I fed my baby at the table. If anyone would take offense, I would somewhere private, like in my car. I could never feed my baby in the bathroom. Would you want to eat in a room where you use the toilet? I know I wouldn't and sitting on a toilet for 15 to 20 minutes is butt numbing!
@steven318 (469)
• Malaysia
3 Jun 07
actually think positive way .. that is not a big problem at all..coz is feeding baby.. we should proud of it ... we cant use the unque eyeside to look on this case... supose every restaurant set 1 small room for specaily fr them... that is the good way to get complain by their customer... must think about it... for all resarant
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
4 Jun 07
Hi steven, appreciate your response very much. Thanks.
@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
2 Jun 07
I see absolutely nothing wrong with nursing in public. It is a perfectly natural act and does not bother me in the slightest. Compared to a lot of other nonsense that goes on in public, I find this act between a mother and her baby to be quite beautiful. cheers,
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
3 Jun 07
I agree with you. Thanks for your response.
@andyvish (901)
• India
26 May 07
I dont think it is wrong. Mothers have licence to nurse their children whenever they are asked to do so by the child. the public will feel shy to look at it.
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
26 May 07
License? Since when mothers need to apply license and I bet the children are the one who endorsed it? lol. Thanks for your response.
• United States
26 May 07
breastfeeding - Mother feeding baby
Well it depends if I was n a booth or a table. At a table I would go to the bathroom, but if I am at a booth I would feed him at the booth as long as I can't be seen. I don't want anyone staring so I usually go somewhere private.
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
26 May 07
I think that is a good idea too. Thanks for your response.
@dcroome2005 (1211)
• United States
26 May 07
I see nothing wrong with this as long as it's down with some coverage. Mothers have every right to take care of their children when and where they need to but with class.
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
26 May 07
Hi dcroome, mother knows best. Thanks for your response.
@sands01 (16)
• United States
26 May 07
i try to go to my van to nurse whenever possible. i am fairly shy so i would find it difficult to nurse in public places like restaurants.
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
26 May 07
Okay, thats another way to do it if you are shy. Thanks for your response.
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
25 May 07
I don't nurse and never have but I dont discriminate against anyone who does, their kid is hungry just like mine. Just because I chose to bottle feed my son doesn't mean that I should be able to feed him anywhere and the mom that is nursing has to hide. She should be able to do it anywhere she needs to without fear of anyone saying anything or staring. That's my humble opinion on the matter!
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
26 May 07
Okay, that was a good one. Thanks for your response.
@devilsangel (1817)
• United States
25 May 07
Why should they have to go somewhere else to feed their children? Do you think its right for someone to ask you to take your plate of food and eat in the bathroom or somewhere people can't see you? No. Then why should a baby who is nursed have to suffer just become some stupid people are uncomfortable about it? If its ok to give a baby a bottle at dinner then why isn't it ok for a mother to feed her child naturaly?
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
26 May 07
Yes, very good point there. Thanks for your response.
@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
2 Jun 07
I see absolutely nothing wrong with nursing in public. It is a perfectly natural act and does not bother me in the slightest. Compared to a lot of other nonsense that goes on in public, I find this act between a mother and her baby to be quite beautiful. cheers,
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• United States
29 May 07
I think that its very offensive for someone to say its wrong to nurse in public, do you hide when you eat? Its the same thing, they're eating. When a baby is hungry and bottle fed do you take them to the other room to feed them if you have company, no. I think that its appropriate because a child is hungry and needs to be fed, my personal opinion that if your offended don't look. I personally would go to a private place to nurse in public, however at home I would nurse wherever i please. Its natural, do you think cavemen left whatever they were doing to nurse? Not being rude, just being honest. Great topic, great topic!!
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