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To Breastfeed in Public or Not?

That is the question. What do you think?

Moms Talk, a fairly new feature on Cartersville Patch, is our way of reaching out to moms and families and we want your comments!

Cartersville Patch urges you to get involved in the conversation
with this week's question:

Should breastfeeding moms do so in public?

I extend much commendation to all mothers that decide to exclusively breastfeed their babies. Although a natural part of life and womanhood, not always is it an easy task to accomplish when outside the privacy of home. I believe breastfeeding moms should be allowed to do so in public, without any discrimination, if some simple, discretionary objectives are followed. 

There are many ways to take that inside privacy to the outside world. Find a quiet, more secluded area to nurse. Some public places have designated nursing areas or smaller, tucked away corners for more privacy.  Nursing covers, nursing wraps or a simple blanket should be used. Always remember there will be varying opinions of what’s acceptable in every public area. Maintaining respect of other people’s tolerances will help give breastfeeding moms the ease they need to continue to be the ultimate source of their children’s growth and development.       

 

I don’t think breastfeeding in public should ever become a question. Breastfeeding is a natural action. The only thing that should be questioned is the way a mother chooses to breastfeed.

If a mother is going to breastfeed in public, she needs to be taught how to do so discreetly. There is no reason to show everyone your breast. There is nothing to be ashamed of while breastfeeding, however, you can respect those around you.

 

There are many ways to take that inside privacy to the outside world.  Find a quiet, more secluded area to nurse.  Some public places have designated nursing areas or smaller, tucked away corners for more privacy.  Nursing covers, nursing wraps or a simple blanket should be used.  Always remember there will be varying opinions of what’s acceptable in every public area.  Maintaining respect of other people’s tolerances will help give breastfeeding moms the ease they need to continue to be the ultimate source of their children’s growth and development.       

Whether breastfeeding moms should or should not breastfeed in public is almost a mute point because in reality, sometimes they just have to. In this instance I can speak from experience.

I am currently a nursing mom to a 6-month-old who will not (and I've tried everything!) swallow liquid from a bottle, cup or syringe. Unless it's "straight from the tap," he promptly spits it out. This is much to my chagrin as I am a fairly modest person and would prefer not to breastfeed in public sometimes. In fact, I avoid many situations where I would feel exposed but there are always things out of my control (air travel, for instance) where I simply must breastfeed in public because I certainly won't deny my son food.

A nursing mom can take some measures to be discreet if the people around her seem like they would be uncomfortable, but she should not hesitate to feed her baby. In the United States, it's a right to nurse in public and it really is quite beautiful if you can get past the shock of seeing an exposed breast.

 

 


Brooke Spinner March 09, 2011 at 06:32 PM
Breastfeeding in public should be allowed. I am currently nursing my 9 month old daughter and have nursed her in public before. I use a cute cover up so it does not make anyone uncomfortable.
Brande Poulnot March 09, 2011 at 06:55 PM
Thanks Brooke! Anyone else want to share an experience? Anyone feel uncomfortable when a mom breastfeeds in public?
Mummies Nummies March 09, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Breastfeeding in public should not be something that needs to be hidden, shunned or even to be uncomfortable about. If done properly...... no one will ever know what you are doing. In other countries it is not looked at as something that needs to be done in the bathroom (ewwww very gross! I dont eat in the bathroom and neither will my babies) The only reason my breastfeeding gets a bad image is because people associate breasts as being strictly sexual. In all honesty.... they are there as a source of food for babies first........ everything else is second. With that said, I am currently nursing my 15 month old daughter......All breastfeeding moms need to know that there is support out there! Jacky www.mummiesnummies.com
Courtney Sirotin March 10, 2011 at 04:21 AM
I could use some advice! As I mentioned above, I am breastfeeding my 6 month old son. I have a nursing cover that worked great and helped me feed discreetly until my son turned 4 months old and then suddenly refused to nurse under it. He can't stand to have his head covered but I'm uncomfortable being on display. I find we have to nurse in the car when we are outside of the house but I'd love some other ideas!

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