Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Breastfeeding in public?!


Breastfeeding in public?!

So, I was having a conversation with my best friend yesterday, while our kids were playing at the park. Her 1 month old was starting to get hungry, so I said she could go back to the house and feed her or just use a blanket and do it on the park bench. When I was breastfeeding both my babies, I would feed them anywhere they got hungry. I just threw a blanket over me and started feeding. Some people knew what I was doing and others just thought there was a baby sleeping under there. Then again, some people might have just thought I was cold...hehe!

My thoughts are this:
As long as you have something to cover yourself up, to make sure others around you don't feel uncomfortable and to make sure you don't get picked up for indecent exposure :)....go for it. Babies are unpredictable all the time and sometimes they just need to eat then and there. I would feed the kids in a restaurant, at the mall, at the park...wherever! If people have the time to stop and stare or question you about what you are doing, then they are WAY too much time on their hands.

I am by no means a perfect person (though I won't admit that to my husband), this is just how I do things. I am just a mother of 2...soon to be 3, that is trying to raise my kids, the best I can!
Let me know your opinions and how you do/did things.

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9 comments:

Jessi said...

I am with you. I have breastfed my son probably any place you can name including restaurants, the park, the mall, walmart, even at jcpenney's portrait studio as they waited for us to get our pictures taken. hey, baby is hungry, baby gets fed. i even had a friend make me a "booby hider" that has a strap that snaps around my neck so it's more discreet.

I am a NIP'er :)

MRS Jen McNeil said...

i never have breastfed my kids..not even in the hospital. For me, its a personal preference. I feel that as long as you aren't just popping your boob out with any cover, then its totally fine! I mean how else is the kid gonna eat while keeping your life semi-normal? Can you imagine if your out at a restraunt thats say 20 minutes from your house and baby gets hungry?? you shouldnt be expected to drive home to feed. oh man! Thatd be disasterious for both of you!!

Sugar Mommy said...

I was a breastfeeding mom anywhere and everywhere. When my babies were hungry they were hungry.
Thanks for writing this post. Here's to Breastfeeding Mommas everywhere! "Boobies up"

Lindsay said...

If I am hungry, I eat. If my baby is hungry, she eats. It doesn't matter where you are. You shouldn't feel as if you have to leave for someone else. Breasts are made for feeding babies and if someone else is going to tell you otherwise then they are wrong. I have to admit, I don't openly feed my babies just anywhere. It's hard for me to do it without too much exposure because of my figure and the fact that all of my babies hate being covered. They just rip those blankets right off. So, that being said, I usually remove myself from the crowds and go to a place a little less busy. Great post!!

AmyT said...

I'm with ya, there are ways to do it......I tried not to do it in public as much as possible, but when they are hungry, they are hungry!!! You can do it tactful - I did like you, used a blanket and you couldn't see a thing!

AmyT said...

btw...thanks for the bows..I posted about them on my blog, they are SOOOOO cute!!! love them!

Anna said...

I agree with you! I would try my best to cover but actually it is legal to BF your baby in public. They cannot get you for indecent exposure for feeding your child even if your boob was hanging all out..which I wouldn't recommend. But my Luke REFUSED to be under a blanket so I would just hide until he latched on and with my shirt and a burb cloth by him, but not completely covering, it was hard to see anything as his mouth/head were covering the rest! Sorry but I am not for feeding my baby in a stinky restroom. Although the places that are getting nursing rooms are good..I've done that at babies r us and the mall before where there was a family room for this sort of thing. :) Way to support BF! :)

harmonysong said...

I don't have kids, but what mom has time to go back to the car or go to a private place to breastfeed?! That's what I thought! Hey, as long as your nipple is not out there for the world to see, then I think it is totally fine!! I have a cousin who whips her boob out EVERYWHERE and does NOT cover up! Even when the kid is done nursing she burps him before putting her bra back on. So her boob is literally out there for anyone to see! She did that in the middle of a busy parking lot the other day. I was SO embarrassed. Not that is wrong! All I am saying is throw a blanket over yourself. :)

Cassie said...

I live in an area where breastfeeding is really important (I think it's a huge part of the Mexican culture and I live in a border state) - so I've never felt ashamed or embarrassed to feed my son in public. I rarely use a blanket anymore because he's 6 months old and thinks that a blanket means it's time to play "peek-a-boo." I figure, if someone can bottle feed in public - then someone should breastfeed in public if their baby is hungry.

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