Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Breastfeeding In Public: Food or Lewd?
Last week I posted a article about Toronto Board of Health members developing a policy that affirms the right of breast-feeding mothers to breast-feed in all public places controlled by the municipality.
MSNBC has a an article asking whether or not it is appropriate to breastfeed in public. They give examples of mothers who have been disrupted while feeding their infants in public and others who feel that nursing mothers need to go somewhere in private to nurse their babies and not sit and flaunt their breasts in public.
This is a very passionate subject. Some moms have varying opinions on the appropriateness of feeding your child out in public.
When I was breastfeeding my son I found it hard to find a place that was discreet to feed him. Many times in a restaurant I would bring a chair into the restroom and feed him in there. While out for dinner once at the CN Tower the only place that was appropriate to feed him was the managers 'cubby hole' office. The staff was very accommodating, which helped somewhat. It was uncomfortable, but you do what you have to do when your baby is hungry.
I don't have any issues with moms who nurse anywhere. Some women are so discreet you are not able to tell what is going on. It almost looks as though they are just cradling the baby.
Many times, the people who are the most uncomfortable are the ones who never nursed themselves. If my husband saw a women nursing her baby in public it probably wouldn't faze him because he was so used to seeing me feed our son for months.
If it makes you uncomfortable than just don't look. Moms are not feeding their babies to upset you, they are just fulfilling a basic need. Her child needs to eat and there aren't always discreet places available to do it.
Labels: Breast Feeding