Breast Feeding in a Restaurant Yea or Nay
December 26, 2015 3:30pm CST
Okay, I know that this is going to be unpopular but I have to say it. Why would you want to feed your baby in an upscale restaurant? I understand wanting to breast feed, I understand wanting to take your child to a restaurant, what I don't understand is lifting your shirt and feeding the baby. Have you never heard of a breast pump? While it may be the most natural thing in the world to you, it isn't to me or my 22 year old grandson. We might not want to share this wonderful experience with you. No attempt to have a diaper or blanket over the shoulder, just very obvious breast feeding. I am sure that I will be getting hate mail but I don't feel that this was appropriate behavior. There are some things that are natural but can be done privately and in my personal opinion this is one of them. Do the best thing for your child, I fully understand that I just don't understand why you want to do this in front of 20 people who you don't know? Okay I am done ranting.
22 people like this
• Manchester, England
26 Dec 15
The are certainly more appropriate places. It would not bother me and I would simply carry on and ignore it, but I do agree that many customers will not be happy. I genuinely believe that some people will intentionally choose such a place in order to draw attention so that they can shout about how natural it is. There is no denying that it is natural, but so is urinating and we would not do that in public.
4 people like this
27 Dec 15
I agree with you. There is a time and a place and there is a way to do it discretely. For the time that you are in having a meal I am sure that the mother could have timed her trip there more appropriately so that she could have enjoyed herself better had she done this before she left home.
• Louisville, Kentucky
27 Dec 15
I agree that it is a beautiful and natural thing but she should have covered herself, especially in such an upscale restaurant. Or like you said, pumped before she left. To me, it sounds like she was trying to make some kind of statement.
• United Kingdom
27 Dec 15
I have no objection to nursing mothers feeding their babies but with a bit of decorum covering the babies head with muslin to maintain some privacy and dignity. But those ignorant women who get their udders out in front of other people are asking for complaints. There have been cases here where they have caused uproar in restaurants for doing this and have gone straight to the paper. If they had used a bit of common sense in the first place they would not have been asked to be a bit more discreet!
• United States
27 Dec 15
A friend of mine had it down to a science. I swear she could nurse and no one around her but she and the baby knew what was going on. A bunch of us were having lunch... somewhere. One guy got up to go, said good-bye to her, said good-bye to her son and went to touch his cheek or something. She said, "He's having lunch, too." He just about jumped out of his skin.