I walked into town carrying my baby daughter whilst feeding her a couple of days ago. Rather that than let a 2 week old baby scream with hunger!
I do not know if anyone noticed and I do not care!
I think i was being discreet, but you know what i find it more offensive that I see people smoking dope, drinking high strength beer and so on in the street, which will be my answer if anyone does object.
i went to a la Leche League meeting and the people there told me of places which are 'breastfeeding friendly' so i feel better knowing that.
I never really thought about the place I was feeding my baby in, if he was hungry I just fed him. I remember a friend mentioning feeding her little girl in our local Debenhams 'feeding area' (also the nappy changing facility as someone else mentioned they generally are) I remarked that I hadn't even thought about there being a feeding area when I was there I just got my boob out in the restaurant.
My local town is very good and when I first had my little boy the mw bought around a list of shops where they were bf friendly, which was most of them!
I never got comments from anyone about feeding in public and never noticed anyone staring at me also. I think most people don't mind as long as you are discreet, which I always aimed to be anyway as I didn't want to show my boobs off to everyone.
well i found having big bossoms it was difficult to conceal everything. i did try by using blankets and muslin etc but when it was hot it wasn't always possible. i would use a room where available as although i felt it was very natural to feed i did feel a bitself concious so would be more relaxed feeding in privarte. although as someone else mentioned most of the facilities available to breastfeeding mums are just a chair in the toilets where a stinky nappy bin was making the air yuk! so if i had to feed out in public i would.
i found most people very nice and only had the odd occassion when it was an issue. that was usually with young people c(children and teenagers) who felt it was funny - probably because they didn't fully understand the importance of breastfeeding - so i could understand that reaction and ignored it. it is after all ignorance - they dont need to know this until they have children themselves. the site of "titties" is hilarious at that age. or the older generation who still call pregnacy "confinement" and beleive you shouldn't leave the house for 2 months after baby is born and that should only be to get the shopping to make hubby his dinner. and the youth of today only choose to feed in public to be an exhibitionist. and that too im afraid is ignorance. everyone is alowed an opinion and if i offend anyone by doing it i kindly remind them that they are welcome to leave. i am not forcing them to stay!
i do however beleive that there should be more areas available to feeding parents. in the first few weeks it can be very painful and uncomfortable so the last thing you need is a hard chir in the local bogs or in view of prying eyes! but one suggestion is that places such as your local doctors surgery etc usually have a very good view on breastfeeding so if you ever feel really unconfortable i am sure they wont mind you sitting in the waiting room or using the feeding room etc. it is always worth asking.
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My partner says she will breastfeed in public, and I think it's fine. There is this strange culture of people finding it unacceptable at the moment, and yet it is probably one of the most natural things that can happen. I would stand my ground and challenge anyone who would try and stop my partner from breastfeeding in public, and would encourage every dad to support their partner in the same way as they would any other situation.
Well my sister bought the peepbaby.co.uk nursing cover. She wears it most of the day and does not draw attention. I think I will be getting one as the material is really light and you can wear as a top and push the pushchair even!
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