Should women breastfeed in public?


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  • No one dares to sit down and tell you about having morning sickness for weeks, unable to keep any food down, the hot and cold flashes, the emotional wreck of mood swings, the painful feeling to have your child kick up against your rib cage, the uncomfortable feeling of pressure upon your internal organs when the baby is moving.
    I whole hearty believe that they deserve to do so after the nine months of pain and discomfort, then having to sit for HOURS in labor for delivery. Yes, women should be able to breastfeed their children in public. I don't understand why it feels like the woman should feel ashamed by covering herself to simply please the uncomfortable eyes of society. Well, reality check, society, you were not complaining about it when you were an infant once. Men, Women, if you are uncomfortable with it, then simply don't look. It's a crying shame that society has programmed us to think in a negative, shameful way towards those women who have done more than enough to EARN the kind of respect they deserve. Same respect for the husbands who help support their wife when bedridden with their child! Heaven forbid if men start to try and breastfed their own children (which men can actually breastfed with some training first). The media would have the Fall of Rome all over again...

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    • Everytime I have watched a video of a woman being shamed for breastfeeding, it was another woman shaming her. Men give SO few fucks about the whacky stuff they see in public, I'm not denying it, but I have yet to see evidence that men are the ones shaming women for breastfeeding.

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    • @BrianMerritt um read the comments above

    • @BrianMerritt Really? Did you read any of the guys comments here? If men don't shame women for breastfeeding in real life, some sure like to do it online. Not only on this question, either. Go look up the male answers on all the other thousand breastfeeding questions.

  • NO!! The only thing wrong with it are the crazies that think there is something wrong with it.
    Out of thousands of years of humans on the planet, it is only the last 100 or so that this has been made a bad thing out of by a few religious nuts!
    THERE i SAID IT!

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  • Women should be able to breastfeed in public but a woman with class will find a way to do it discreetly rather than doing it in a way that draws attention to herself.

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    • My sister-in-law was always afraid to feed in public until she got one of those nursing bra and shirt combos that has a small cover built in (and it just looks like part of the blouse), and makes it look like you're just holding your baby.

    • Totally agree with you my aunties wear kameez and even though I am a lady many times I can't tell whether they are breastfeeding or just holding the baby. They have brains and class. A lady should at least have a scarf it is not that difficult. It is called courtesy and consideration for others. Respect has to come from both sides

  • It's a natural thing for all women to breastfeed their child. Who are you to say that they should deprive their baby of their only source of food because it makes you uncomfortable? That's sickening. She went through everything in birth to have that child and because she's breast feeding her baby in public, it makes people feel attacked or offended. That is seriously ridiculous. It's not like she's flopping her tit all over the place saying look at my tit! No, she's doing the one thing that she needs to do in order for that child not to starve and get its proper nutrition. The fact that people have a problem with women breast feeding their baby in public is offensive in of itself.

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  • Breast feeding in public shouldn't even be an issue. It's natural and people eat in public so.. why not a baby?
    Women walk around in bathing suits in public, huge posters of women in bras and panties shown at the mall, and yet we still ask if it's okay to breast feed in public.
    People aren't offended by the woman and her breasts; they're offended because breast feeding isn't sexy. If the breasts were the issue then people would complain about the Victoria's secret ads.

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  • Right so first of all I believe that "fed is best". Breast feeding is the most natural thing for a mother to do but it isn't always easy, I remember having a really difficult time with my first baby.
    Babies and breast milk works on supply and demand and the first few months the baby needs feeding more often. I used to have letdown and then my milk would start flowing like Niagara Falls whenever Tom started to cry so if I didn't feed him my top would be drenched in milk even though I wore the best nursing pads I could buy. I had to go food shopping with my husband and Tom at 3 weeks started crying for a feed so I picked him up and fed him while we did the shopping, onlookers thought he was just asleep in my arms. If I hadn't of fed him I would've ended up with engorged breasts and in a heap of pain, this can cause another issue called mastitis when a milk duct gets blocked and yes I had it at one stage so I know how much it hurts.
    I really don't understand why people think it's so gross when it's OK for women to wear an outfit that shows more breasts than a woman who is providing for her child. Breasts are not a sexual organ even though they are highly sexualized and they are not there for the pleasure of men. They have nothing to do with the reproductive system they are merely a source of food for our offspring. So they can not be compared to public masturbation "yes I have seen a comparing the two on here"😕. No it can not be compared to public urinating our shitting that's a product of waist and it's highly unsanitary.
    A mother should never have to let her food go cold in a restaurant/cafe, let her feed her baby.
    I think it's time to start being more supportive instead of sitting back and being critical of her and her baby.

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  • Yes, if a baby is hungry it should be fed. I would recommend covering up somehow though because of idiots. I recommend wearing a light lace scarf, it covers enough to keep assholes away from you and your child. It also is light enough that it won't overheat or bother the baby. I say scarf not blanket bc a scarf is easier for travel when carrying a diaper bag and a baby.

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  • Sure, if it's the practical option, obviously they should. All these people saying they shouldn't be allowed to feed their own child in public, seriously, explain yourself or fuck off. It's fine to do. 🙄

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  • Depends on the setting and how they do it. Because of how society sexualizes women and, more specially, breasts, the whole boob being out is inappropriate. Other people around you don’t appreciate it. If I’m at a fancy restaurant, I don’t want to see some woman’s tits out so she can feed some crying baby. I’m sorry, but that’s just how it is.
    However, if the woman covers herself, I think in certain locations it’s fine. It IS necessary; it’s just not necessary to flash everyone around you.

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  • Of course. It's either the mom breastfeeds and the baby is quiet and happy or the baby is hungry and screaming its head off until its fed.

    What's the difference between seeing a calf breastfeed or puppies breastfeed and seeing a human baby breastfeed? Why is one okay but not the other? Babies need to eat too. It's completely natural and very healthy for the mom and baby. So just let them do what they need to do.

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  • Absolutely. And any person who says "no" should be forced to sit next to a screaming hungry baby for 10 minutes.

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    • Do you are that when possible, out of consideration for others, that they should try to cover up or move to a less public/visible area?

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    • Ok. 👍

    • Some people just don't like seeing those things. Your often showing quite a bit of cleavage that some people don't like. + it is just straight up awkward if you are sitting next to them or across from them. I'm not saying they have to, but it would be polite if they did

  • Yes, as long as its done appropriately and not like showing off your breast to the whole nation to see. But there's nothing wrong in breastfeeding out in public. Its a natural thing to do for your baby.

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  • As far as I know breastfeeding doesn't hurt anyone.

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  • Goodness this is a frustrating topic! Yes they should be allowed and they shouldn't be scrutinized for it! It is literally one of the most natural things in the world, and guess what, a baby needs to eat! Would you like to be sent away into a gringy bathroom to sit there and eat just because some people may be uncomfortable with the idea of your breast being out even though they cannot see anything? It infuriates me!!!

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    • It infuriates you? Maybe I don’t want my 6 year old som seeing some ladies nipples being sucked by their baby. Maybe I don’t want to have to manage and adapt my circumstances simply because YOU decided to have the baby and decided to accept the responsibilities.

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    • So your son didn’t breast feed as a child? So you didn't breast feed as a child? So your wife didn’t breast feed as a child? Nor did your parents? Or grandparents? Or great grandparents? Instead of raising your son to realize that breasts are actually there to feed infants you’ll shield him but once he reaches puberty let him sexualize breasts for mans enjoyment right? If and when I have children I’d rather them see and learn the natural body for what it is that he knows rather than let him see everything about the woman sexualized on the media as it is now a days. I’d rather have my child to grow up thinking of a woman in a respectful and natural way then what it is portrayed in the media. If a woman is covered up and breastfeeding her child in public I hardly think it is up to anyone to think what’s best for them because what she is doing is what’s best for her child...

    • My son was also pushed out of my whife’s genitalia. Should he just be able to look at women’s private areas?

      Go to the bathroom

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  • I have no problem with it - The issue is that the female breast has become sexualised where its basic biological function is to feed any offspring somewhere along the line we as a society have gone against nature to commercialise, sexualise the female breast.

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  • I don't see why not, if you look at what nipples are actually for, they're for feeding babies, that's it, nothing else, it's jist that we've sexualized them that much that when we see a nipple, a load of people start squealing and whinging about how they're "unsuitable for kids" 🙄 when all it is is the packaging for a babies meal 🤷‍♂️

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    • ^^applaude^^

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    • I know, the stupid part is, of those people that complain and are offended, the vast majority will be either, women who have boobs and nipples anyway, or guys who will search for that on the internet anyway 😂

    • Hahahahahahaha logic and common sense is nonexistent

  • There's been so much press about this topic lately and I don't understand why. It's a baby, the mom needs to feed the baby, and it isn't like the mom can go into a shame corner and feed the kid. You can do it in a way that doesn't expose yourself and that's perfectly fine.

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  • Yes. Some people say that they should cover the baby in a blanket. I think that these people should lead by example - on a hot day when you're out eating, cover yourself with a blanket and let's see how much you enjoy your food.

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    • I used a muslin wrap it was really light and I could see through it but others couldn't.
      But I think it's really up to the mother.
      My mother inlaw made me go into another room because she didn't want me to be breast feeding in front of everyone even though I was covered.
      I had to leave a nice air-conditioned room and go a sit in a bedroom that was over 40 degrees.

    • @Goodwifie

      Yeah, I'll never be able to understand these people, I think that's ridiculous.

  • Should they? No. There are better places for that, but shit happens. If the kid is hungry and she couldn't or didn't properly plan for it, no reason the kid should be put out. I'd much rather see a woman breastfeeding a baby than listen to a hungry, angry baby scream and cry.

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    • @TsubasaCorrupted, you useless piece of chicken shit. Blocked me cuz you couldn't formulate a reasonable argument using facts? Typical coward.
      Actually, 100% of the population pees and poops. While just over 50% of the global population is even capable of breastfeeding, and barely 1/3 of mothers in industrialized nations insist on doing so publicly. Again, thanks to breast pumps, it's almost entirely unnecessary for a mother to breastfeed in public. Fathers run errands with their infant children all the time without the ability to breastfeed, but a few entitled women want us to believe it's an absolute necessity. You haven't a clue what you're talking about. Your entire argument is farcical, opinion-based, and not thought out at all. You're a moron. Otherwise you'd have a FACTUAL argument. Facts don't care about your feelings. Grow up.

  • There's really nothing wrong with it. Yes, I admit it can make me uncomfortable and I conciously try to look away, but the child needs to be fed so I respect that.

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  • Yes, however cover it up. I'm not saying breastfeeding is bad, or that you shouldn't do it, but to blatantly do it in public to because its "your right" is wrong because its not. It is extremely inconsiderate. Public restaurants, children's school games. You want people to be considerate of you, be considerate of them. Its common courtesy, not everything revolves around you and there are just some places that it is inappropriate.

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  • how much these women are doing something feta she like this guy or if she is in case a lesbian breastfeeding this woman in public doing sexual things then if you're just breastfeeding your child these stupid ass people that get all eww... just need to shut the fuck up. Let mommy feed her child.

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  • I, personally, don't see anything wrong with a woman breastfeeding in public. That is what God put them there to do. The fact that breasts have been made into sex-toys to be hidden away is because of some misguided religious beliefs. Breasts ARE a part of the process of procreation for women, but there is nothing nasty or degrading by breastfeeding in public!!

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  • Yes of course , ironically it is other women that tend to criticise this far more than men , most men avert their eyes anyway. In a former employment , I have had a woman breastfeed in my presence , whilst I has dealing with her enquiry , my only concern was her feeling conformable in my presence

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