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What do you think about breastfeeding in public?

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#1 helenaposs

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 05:23 PM

We have had this survey in the General Baby Talk and thought that we would get the general feel from the whole of the i-do forum. This started from a discussion about co sleeping on Dr Phil and then it lead to his beliefs on breastfeeding in public.

Here is the link to the General Baby Talk section for anyone interested on the discussion there:

http://community.i-d...showtopic=49222
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As a breastfeeding Mum, I feed anywhere and everywhere. When I first started I would cover up but that was more because I couldn't attach Ava very well and boob was everywhere but now at 8 months of breastfeeding I don't cover up.

I live in a smallish country town and I do get quite a few stares but also smiles. We even have a few places that have 'Breastfeeding is welcome' stickers on their doors, which is great!

I don't feel like I should have to hide away from the world and if people have a problem they don't have to look.

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 05:25 PM

Good topic, I need to think before i vote simply because i an undecided, at times I do not care, but then sometimes i will see a mother who has no respect for the people around her and will flop her breast around for all to see..

if it is dont modestly i have no problem with it...
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Posted 06 December 2005 - 06:05 PM

As long as it is done tastefully then hey go for your life!!

Just like us children get hungry and if the source is a boob then so be it.



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Posted 06 December 2005 - 06:06 PM

Don't shoot me down on this, but personally it's something i don't like to see, if you have to, i'd rather ppl go into a public parents room or similar.

It's not something I will do publically whe the time comes.

On the same issue, babies don't bother me so much, but i really don't like kids of about 3 or 4 being breastfed in public, i find it very offputting.

I'm not trying to cause any arguments, just stating my opinion.

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 06:21 PM

I have no problem what so ever..Why should someone have to hide away to feed there baby...?


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Posted 06 December 2005 - 06:23 PM

I have problems with this because my MIL didn't BF so when she's around (even her house) I feel uncomfortable. If there's a parents room & I have time to get there I will feed him there, but if he's hungry & wingey I'll do it anywhere (even standing (hiding) near the potatoes in coles) I won't do it in a tiolet, that's just gross.
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Posted 06 December 2005 - 06:41 PM

As long as you are not ducking up to the school at morning tea to feed your prep child, then go for it.

(yes that has happened mind yu)
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Posted 06 December 2005 - 06:47 PM

QUOTE (ChrissyT @ Dec 6 2005, 07:41 PM)
As long as you are not ducking up to the school at morning tea to feed your prep child, then go for it.

(yes that has happened mind yu)

Are you serious??? blink.gif

Other than that extreme case, I'm all for breastfeeding and I think the same rules apply to breastfeeding as bottle feeding, if the bubba's hungry then the bubba's hungry, feed that beautiful bubba wherever you need/want to smile.gif

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 06:51 PM

QUOTE (rachelmatt @ Dec 6 2005, 06:05 PM)
As long as it is done tastefully then hey go for your life!!

Just like us children get hungry and if the source is a boob then so be it.

I feel the same!

However, I was in a cafe just minding my own business when this lady flopped out her breast for her 4 year old. I was gobsmacked plus she was looking around to see if everyone was watching because that is what she wanted. The owners of the cafe told me she does it all the time and they knew how old the kid was because they said she went to the kindy down the road.

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 06:53 PM

whenever and whereever for me! Its incredibly sad though that it is frowned upon in public especially of toddlers but hey if you dont like it dont look! Its not like you can see anything anyway!

As for the comment re feeding in the parents room (and I assume bathroom when none is available) how would you feel eating your steak dinner on the toilet? That sounds a bit attacking and its not meant to be rather something you may not have thought of before smile.gif
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Posted 06 December 2005 - 07:00 PM

QUOTE (vickichiki @ Dec 6 2005, 06:53 PM)
As for the comment re feeding in the parents room (and I assume bathroom when none is available) how would you feel eating your steak dinner on the toilet? That sounds a bit attacking and its not meant to be rather something you may not have thought of before smile.gif

laugh.gif you crack me up!

Now I am not a parent yet but can I ask is it abnormal for a 4 to 5 year old to still be breast fed???

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 07:05 PM

QUOTE (alaia @ Dec 6 2005, 07:00 PM)

Now I am not a parent yet but can I ask is it abnormal for a 4 to 5 year old to still be breast fed???

I find it strange but hey who knows...
My sister was at a friends house once and they got home and the 3 rd old had a happy meal from Maccas and after eating her cheesburger and fries crawled up and had some breast milk..I would find this slightly off putting..
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Posted 06 December 2005 - 07:22 PM

Well from where I am it doens't bother me in the slightest. I think it is rude if breastfeeding is not allowed but yet we are allowed to just eat however and wherever. I find some people eating more repulsive then a breast being used to feed a baby.



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Posted 06 December 2005 - 07:27 PM

QUOTE (alaia @ Dec 6 2005, 08:00 PM)
laugh.gif you crack me up!

Now I am not a parent yet but can I ask is it abnormal for a 4 to 5 year old to still be breast fed???

in our society people see it as 'weird' but

WHO recommend breastfeeding till at least the age of 2 and the world average is to breastfeed to the age of 4 so its our culture that sees it as weird which is a bit sad really sad.gif I know I have had comments about still bfing Abbi and she's only 17mths old!
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Posted 06 December 2005 - 07:31 PM

actually I will rephrase that

is it abnormal - no
is it frowned upon socially - yes

Having said that I will most likely only bf till Abbi is 3 or when *she* is ready to wean. The fertility specialist might have something to say about it but f*ck him yk I am not about to wean my child just so I can take drugs to have another so I may just skip taking the clomid (not telling him of course) and just use the gonal f which is safe while bfing wink.gif
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