Originally Posted by kait18
tricky tricky :)
Well I generally go by if you are exposing your breast to nurse a baby in public you are techincally stripping/streaking which is not acceptable. However there are always loopholes.
My loophole for people breast feeding in public is that they please cover themselves with those blankets/sheets/bibs whatever they are called. They go over your head and sit around your neck and on the shoulders and drapes down the womens body and covers both breasts and the child nursing. There are always bathrooms you can go in for emergencies, you might have to buy something small but then again the women should have pumped before leaving the house just for the slight chance you might need to feed again or have the curtesy to cover up the public feeding and not to expect others to be ok with her exposing herself.
But then when you add women in uniform whether military, police, fire, etc etc they should not breast feed in public when wearing the uniform. When they are out of uniform they are regular civs so my above comments would then apply. To me it is extremely disrepectful to breastfeed in public in uniform.
Would you eat your dinner in the bathroom? Especially a public bathroom? I wouldn't, and I wouldn't feed my baby in there either. (here honey, hang on a minute while I put down a toilet seat protector, so I can sit in the little stall and feed you on the toilet) And most of the time when I was is nursing, you can't see a darn thing anyway, so why overheat both baby and mom by draping them in a blanket(this has been the case for nearly every other nursing woman I had ever met, as well)? Honestly, when I've covered up in a blanket, it draws more attention, and the little old ladies want to see the baby and rip the blanket off anyway.
If I don't get to breastfeed my baby when he/she's hungry, then you should have to keep your little (fat) bottle-fed porkers at home, too.
Can't tell I feel strongly about this one, can you? I once nursed my son for almost the entirety of the flight from California to Germany, with no blanket to cover us and the only comments I got were how well behaved he and my 4 year old were, and how much the other passengers appreciated it.