All A-Z health topics. View all pages in this section. Some mothers feel uncomfortable breastfeeding in public.
Inthe popular online parenting forum, Netmumsnamed breastfeeding selfies as the number one parenting trend in the UK for that year. Public reaction to the rise in popularity of this practice is polarised, much like breastfeeding in public. The unspoken rule that breastfeeding should be discreet is challenged by the ostentatious presence of breastfeeding selfies.
When my first son was a baby, I breastfed in private. In the first few months of his life, we saw the insides of more dressing rooms and restrooms than I care to count. Apparently, this was such a flagrant security issue that the police were called the police!
I am a fan of indiscreet breastfeeding; the more people see babies at the breast, the more normal it will become. Many people believe that breastfeeding must be normalized; to support families that choose breastfeeding, to declare their rights according to their state, and to show others who may still consider it a taboo that breastfeeding, as challenging as it may be, is beneficial for the health of the mother and is the optimal way to establish a good foundation of nutrition for the child. Not just diversity among cultures, we need diversity in the types and styles of breastfeeding that will be covered — exclusively breastfeeding mothers, exclusively pumping mothers, moms who stay home, moms who work full time, students who are breastfeeding, support systems including families and Lactation Professionals and much more. Day after day, mothers around the United States are being removed from restaurants, asked to leave boutiques, and are often told to go to the restroom to breastfeed their babies.
He had added that breastfeeding in public places made some people feel uncomfortable, although it was not an issue that he had any strong opinions about. This may not be an age when breastfeeding in public places is as common as it used to be, but it does occur from time to time and is surely a natural behaviour for a woman to want to do to maintain the close and natural link to their new offspring. For many mothers it is not really a civil liberty issue that they commonly come across, as many choose to bottle feed rather than breast feed, but surely they would not expect such a draconian approach as to be directed out of the way should feeding time arrive while they were out and about.
While it is perfectly acceptable for mothers the world over to give a baby a bottle in public — nursing is controversial. Each of these stories hurts my heart, and as a mother who has been exclusively breastfeeding her son for nine months, it hits more close to home than it ever has before. A couple of thoughts on the topic—.
The social attitude and legal status regarding the practice of breastfeeding babies in open view of the general public vary widely in cultures around the world. In many countries, both in the Global South and in a number of Western countries, breastfeeding in public is common and generally not regarded as an issue. In those countries, laws protect the nursing mother.
Photos of two models breastfeeding in public without a nursing cover on have stirred interest online, with netizens debating if the images are sexualised. One set of photos shows a woman in office wear breastfeeding her baby at Raffles Place, while the other is of another woman, dressed in an evening gown and high heels, breastfeeding in a forested area. The photographs, which were posted on the Facebook page of Ms Jen Pan - the Singaporean photographer who took them - as well as other websites, have drawn largely praise from netizens for being tastefully done. Some, however, have criticised them for being too sexualised and that the mothers look "unnatural" with too much make-up on.
Cool story. I copied and pasted the e-mail word for word in bold below. Brace yourselves, read all the way through trust meand p lease tell me how many times your jaw drops.