Do you think it's okay to breast feed in public?

@estherlou (5017)
United States
September 11, 2007 10:18am CST
In Phoenix, an Applebee's restuarant is having some protest. Apparently Nursing mothers are upset and saying having to cover the baby under a blanket while breastfeeding is not okay. They feel when the baby is hungry, they should be allowed to breast feed. Mothers gathering outside the east Phoenix Applebee's held babies in their arms and carried signs that read "Breastfeeding is normal; eating under a blanket is not" and "Cover your eyes, not my baby." http://www.kpho.com/news/14076268/detail.html Who do you think is right?
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@violeta_va (4834)
• Australia
12 Sep 07
Well let me just tell you my story. When my husband wad drafted into the army my son was 12 days old. I had no close relative (apart from my at the time 82 years old grandmother) living in the same city as me. I do not drive (bad eyes) and do not have a car. I had to pay my bills, do the shoping, run around sorting documents so we can get financial help and get visa for my husband to come to australia. Sometimes I would stand in ques for a documents holding my infant son for hours. Did I have a choice not to feed in public oh and mind you the toilets are filthy you wont go there if your life depends on it let alone feed a child. I had so much milk at one point that my son was not even able to swallow the lot and choke on it so I had to watch him while he was feeding (yes he has inlarged tonsils and that made the problem worse). If I expresed milk that would have not been usable after that much time in the sun and all that. I had a semi see thru cloth that I used and if someone said saomething to me god knows what I would have done. Sometimes that is the only options mothers have so dont judge them, you dont know their story yes its a restuarant but itn not a one off thing. it is everywhere.
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@Calais (10900)
• Australia
11 Sep 07
I think that it is the most natural thing in the world..These mothers should not be made to feel horrible about it, other people should shut their mmouths and mind their own business.
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• Abernathy, Texas
11 Sep 07
With some of these people who lose their appetite, or make their sisters sit in the bathroom in their own homes, I'm thinking there must be some deep seated reason....
• Abernathy, Texas
12 Sep 07
By the same token, if there is some deep seated issue here, they genuinely feel upset - maybe for some unconscious reason, then that's genuine. Personally, though, if they make a separate room, I think it should be for those who feel uncomfortable, not to relegate mothers to. Hey they'll move you if the person beside you is too noisy or something, why not if you feel uncomfortable because someone is nursing?
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• United States
12 Sep 07
Very well said artemis. They always have the option of asking to move.
@joshboz (1214)
• Australia
12 Sep 07
if you ask me its laright as long as you do it for emergency or when it is really needed to be done. such as when your baby is crying and you soothe him/her with milk to make her calm again. if you happen to be in a public place and this situation occured then i guess its just alright. but when it is not needed and you just do it because of habit then o dont think that its not rihgt, but i dont think is not a big deal atll because the public is expected to be respectful and should not peep in anyway or else they are taking advantage of the mother's situationand i dont think this is morally right.
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@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
11 Sep 07
wow i did a post about this also, not the same scenario though! i think women should use a cover b/c not only r they not respecting themselves by showing their boobs, but they r not respecting others b/c we don't want to see that! i don't mind bfeeding in public as long as u use a receiving blanket to cover urself!
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@artemis432 (7474)
• Abernathy, Texas
12 Sep 07
Wow you certainly brought up a controversial subject! Great discussion. I guess I kind of made my position clear among other conversations here on your discussion thread. I'm all for it, as long as, with anyone and anything its done with discretion. Its ridiculous to send them to a noisy, smelly germ filled bathroom or force mom's to stay home. I have my reasons, described elsewhere in your thread, for feeding at home or in the bathroom, but I'm all for nursing where ever and whenever the baby needs it.
• Abernathy, Texas
12 Sep 07
What do you think, Estherlou?
• Abernathy, Texas
12 Sep 07
Thank you for seeing that. I try. I don't want to invalidate anyone's feelings. Where ever they come from they are real. I think having a separate room would be great. Make everyone feel comfortable.
• Abernathy, Texas
12 Sep 07
I didn't mean separate just for the mom- the whole family - in an eatery- I go with what I said before in that case, if they don't like it don't look. Just like if we don't like someone wearing dental floss at the beach, we don't look. Its rude to stare anyway, chaknow?
• United States
11 Sep 07
I know I'm going to get heck for this but it's my opinion. I don't think women should breat feed in public period. I just think it is something that should be kept private between mother and child. I've heard rumor some eating places have special rooms for just such a situation.
• United States
12 Sep 07
Yup, I was right and it was a well thought out intelligent attack at that. Although with the way some little kids scream and the parents do nothing about it, sometimes I would tend to agree.
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• United States
12 Sep 07
It's cool. I understand where you are coming from and there is nothing wrong with being passionate about somehting. It is avery very difficult to know where to draw the line anymore. If you draw the line here then why is that ok, if you draw it there then it can be to much. Dang if you do, dang if you don't.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
11 Sep 07
Do babies that are drinking out of a bottle have to be covered? NO! Then a nursing baby shouldn't have to be covered either..We as a society are trying to educate that nursing is the best for our baby but yet want the mother's to cover their babies...NO WAY!!...I think it is a shame and we are telling our youth that it is shameful to feed our babies like this...If someone doesn't like it then don't look...We have a choice as a society to choose whether we look at something we like or dislike...If a mother was there to flaunt her boobs and not really be feeding the baby then by all means that is very unecessary..But actually feeding a baby in public is A okay by me...I did it back in 1982...