Breastfeeding in Public

@mgmagana (3621)
United States
September 6, 2007 11:32am CST
do u find it offensive when a woman pulls out her breast in public to feed her baby? IMO i just think woman need to be respectful and cover themselves up, whether a receiving blanket or whatever! i don't really want my kids seeing someone pull out their boob in public!
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13 responses
• United States
6 Sep 07
Personally, a woman nursing in public doesn't bother me. It's not like they're showing off their boobs; they're just trying to feed their child. Not all babies will keep a blanket on. Plus, sometimes it's just too hot to cover up. I do nurse in public. If my daughter is hungry, I feed her. It doesn't matter where we are. I try to be as discreet as possible. I wear nursing shirts which allow me to nurse without showing much skin. I also try to position my daughter where she covers me. However, if I do end up flashing a little bit of skin despite my precautions, I expect people to respect my right to feed my daughter and keep their mouths shut.
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
6 Sep 07
i'm glad that u try to be discreet about it b/c i know if i bf i wouldn't be busting it out in public! but the covering up part on a hot day, when it was hot and my kids were that young, i used to cover them up, put a receiving blanket over their car seat or stroller so the sun or heat doesn't effect them! a receiving blanket is very thin, i think it's okay to cover up for a few minutes while u feed ur baby!
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@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
6 Sep 07
i agree 100% cover up!
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
6 Sep 07
LOL Your so funny!Thats how I feel about it too.LOL I dont want to see another ladies big boobs especially since I dont have big ones!LOL
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
6 Sep 07
yeah we might get jealous if they have nicer ones! : ( lol!
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• United States
17 Feb 09
lol i dont have big ones either but as noted that we mayget jealous if they have nicer ones , what about if they are NOT nicer LOL can we say thats a form of abuse to us ? LOL ~M~
• Canada
7 Sep 07
Oh My Goodness how is your kids seeing a baby EATING a bad thing? you are going to have them thinking its not natural. when a baby is latche you can't see anything more than a womans cleavage. Some People are so narrow minded. if your baby is hungry your gonna walk across the mall(10 minutes at some malls) to go to your car or to a bathroom????? i doubt it
• Australia
7 Sep 07
I dont think anyone has a problem with the baby being fed in public, it when free spirited mums just hang-em-out, come on how hard is it to be discrete. These particular women wouldn't walk into a crowded room shouting so why let it all hang out. BE DISCRETE.
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@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
7 Sep 07
i don't mind them taking a seat and doing it wherever they r, but i prefer if they have a receiving blanket n cover up! as for my kids learning that, then that'll be on my time when i think it's okay, that's not for some lady who decides she wants to bf in public to decide!
@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
2 Feb 09
Personally I too would think it would only be right for them to use a Receiving blanket or such when doing this. I have heard of places that do charge indecent exposure for things like this as well, and personally I could never imagine not using a Blanket or something if I was in their shoes as well. Maybe they think it is cool, but I think this should be left for at home in private.
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@TDonald (1423)
• United States
7 Sep 07
How did we get so far from the natural world where people find it offensive to see a woman feeding her baby? If your children see, so what. Simply explain to them what is happening. Most people let their children be exposed to real offensive things on the boob tube!
@TDonald (1423)
• United States
8 Sep 07
I believe we need to wonder who is being inconsiderate. The baby for being hungry? The mother caring for her child? People with unnatural fear of seeing a completely natural event.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
7 Sep 07
I have to say that it should be done discreet Ok the Baby is hungry but there are ways like you say to cover it up while they are feeding
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
8 Sep 07
yes, def. a receiving blanket is a good thing to use on a warm day! thx for responding gabs! ♥
@claire03 (1444)
• United States
7 Sep 07
i feel ashamed for women who do that, cause it's not just right to expose your private parts to the public even if you're already a mother or you're old or they just don't care. But we are woman too and once we see things like that we too get embarrassed cause we have the same thing (body parts i mean). they should have respect to do it at home or privately. Whatever they think it is not just right to do that in public. :) some men might not probably respect them for doing that.
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
7 Sep 07
u're right, they r not respecting us and themselves!
@ashar123 (2359)
• India
6 Sep 07
I also don't like this to happen in public. All mothers are to be respected as the relation of mother is very respectable. I hope women who do so stop doing it in public as they can cover them up.
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
6 Sep 07
yes, woman need to respect others as well as themselves and cover up if they choose to do it in public!
@leoliu39 (540)
• China
14 Apr 09
no, i don't think it's offensive. maybe it's a opportunity to oberve something.lol
@mansha (6301)
• India
17 Feb 09
No I nevewr feel ambarrassed by breat feeding mothers in public, i think its a beautiful sight and very lovely and cute. Do you find Jesus and Mary's statues offensive. Its a sight to worship and not oogle and be vulgar. Its the time to remember that in every women there is a mother just like yours. In my culture we do cover the breats not because its offensive sight but because we say someone with eil eye might put a curse on our baby while he is feeding. Next time you see a mom feeding her baby just give her some privacy and show respect.
• United States
17 Feb 09
I always covered up with a light blanket when my kids were babies and never had a problem , I think most ppl were just happy that I was covering up LOL , but I only had 1 prob with my 2nd son he didnt like the blanket so always tried to play peek aboo LOL personally i think he was just trying to show off :P but a saftey pin solved that problem fast ;) the funny thing is that around here the only ones that i have seen doing this is the really young moms like they want to show off and yep its their 1st kid so who knows maybe they think its a i am woman i make milk thing ??LOL ~M~
@4mymak (1796)
• Malaysia
7 Sep 07
breasfeeding in public is fine... but i have to agree with you - you do not have to show off your 'flesh' the people around you. i, too... have breasfed my children in public. i was always careful in choosing the kind of blouse i wear for my outing during those times - i would wear blouses / shirts (with buttons in front).... so i only need to undo a few button to take the nipple out.. find myself a corner somewhere... most times.. my husband and children would stand around and 'cover' me from 'being watched'.
@vijay1wdv (357)
• India
7 Sep 07
I too think, that women have to cover up when they feed their babies. They might not have a cruel intention but the passers by can have a bad feeling or they may try to do something to her sexually or if an underage boy looks at it, his mind gets perverted. So, its better to cover up or to do it in a private place.