Me? I breastfed my kids until they reached one-year-old. But I didn’t breastfeed in public.
At a family party once, I nursed while I covered myself with a baby blanket. After that, I preferred nursing in a private bedroom away from everyone else. I would sometimes even have others bottle feed the baby while I sat in said bedroom pumping (I still don’t know how I thought that was an efficient idea).
And that was just at someone’s private home. In public, like the a mall for instance, I would time my outings and only go out with my kids when they didn’t need to eat. Once it was time to nurse, then back home it was.
This is my comfort level.
And then I’ve seen many women breastfeeding in public, from parks to libraries, and I have yet to be bothered. I don’t even flinch. So while I can see why not everyone should or would breastfeed in public, it’s crazy it’s become an issue.
Maybe it’s because the moms I’ve seen breastfeed in public do so discreetly. Were these crazy moms that the news are reporting doing something outrageous? And is there an appropriate “cover up” or even an appropriate place to breastfeed in public? For instance, how do you guys feel about moms breastfeeding in church, or during a meeting, or fully exposed?
(My husband once attended a public hearing where a woman stood at a microphone addresses a board panel while carrying and nursing her infant in one arm. Multitasking on a new level!)
Should there be a limit on breastfeeding in public? A general standard of what’s appropriate, from the time and place to how exposed a mother is?
I don’t know yet. So far, I haven’t seen anything that would make me complain to a retail store or restaurant. Again, it could simply be my own experiences: I might change my mind if I saw a mom leave her breast exposed even though her baby was already finished nursing, for instance.
So I turn to you:
Would you breastfeed or have you breastfed in public? What were the circumstances? What limits do you set on yourself when it comes to breastfeeding in public, such as how covered you are or where you breastfeed? Have you seen other moms who breastfed in public and it bothered you? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments!Want to get a better handle on this parenting thing? Join me on the mailing list and never miss a post: