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        08-07-2012, 12:22 PM
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    Originally Posted by calicokatt    
    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.

    The blanket thing I am talking about is made for moms nursing. It gives great ventilation so the baby isnt sufficating nor does it add any more heat then the baby being up against your body. And the length of it is to the females waist/hips so its not covering you whole body.

    As for using the bathroom..well then rent a motel/hotel room or go to your car or somewhere else private where the public doesn't have to watch. Bathrooms are just easier to find and get to. And I have worked with plenty of mothers that prefered going in a closet then a bathroom. But its up to that mother to decide what private place to go nurse. The bathroom or private place is only necessary if there is no blanket..sorry for confusion

    And personally if anyone tried touching me or moving blankets or anything I had covering my baby you can bet I would throw a fit. I have my baby hidden for a reason anyone trying to do anything to move blanket or anything I have covering him is techincally assualting and or harrassing not including family but then againmaybe it can ;p. But I would feel uncofortable with strangers coming up to me when feeding.

    As for bottle fed babies vs breast fed. I never said they werent welcomed in public just please don't expose your private area to public to feed. I don't want to see people making out in public so why would I want to see a mom nursing.
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        08-07-2012, 12:24 PM
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    I am in support of it. I did it, but I believe in covering up as much as possible. I don't want anyone seeing my breast and I sure don't wanna see anyones elses either, lol!
         
        08-07-2012, 12:25 PM
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    Baby's have to eat. Breastfeeding mother's shouldn't be locked away out of the public like they are doing something wrong.

    And just like with anything .. there is an appropriate way to do things.

    If it makes you uncomfortable to know that a woman is breastfeeding under that baby blanket, that is YOUR issue.

    If a woman feels the need to show her nipple to the public everytime she breastfeeds, that is HER issue ..

    Imo.

    Whats the difference between me exposing my bare boob vs a mother other than the sole fact one is going to feed a baby. Its exposing a body part which is suppose to be hidden in public. Indecent exposure I think its called when people get fined for exposing private parts in public?
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        08-07-2012, 12:25 PM
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    What follows is not a judgment one way or another, but simply an account of a recent personal experience. A few months ago my wife, our baby, and I were sitting in a circle with other parents and their babies at the Music Together class we go to on Sundays, when suddenly a woman took out her breast, lifted her baby to it, and began breastfeeding. Boy, did it catch me off guard. She was sitting directly across from me in the circle and I didn't know what to do with myself. Look at the ceiling? Look off to the side? Close my eyes? I just turned to my wife and daughter and sang the most purposeful verse of "She'll be coming around the mountain when she comes" that I ever have or ever will.
         
        08-07-2012, 12:26 PM
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    I have no problem with mom doing it as long as she's using a cover blanket. I feel uncomfortable too if someone just gets the breast naked to feed the baby.
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        08-07-2012, 12:27 PM
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    What follows is not a judgment one way or another, but simply an account of a recent personal experience. A few months ago my wife, our baby, and I were sitting in a circle with other parents and their babies at the Music Together class we go to on Sundays, when suddenly a woman took out her breast, lifted her baby to it, and began breastfeeding. Boy, did it catch me off guard. She was sitting directly across from me in the circle and I didn't know what to do with myself. Look at the ceiling? Look off to the side? Close my eyes? I just turned to my wife and daughter and sang the most purposeful verse of "She'll be coming around the mountain when she comes" that I ever have or ever will.
    Oh my gawd, I laughed at this!! Poor Mike
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        08-07-2012, 12:27 PM
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    I don't have children myself, but a close friend of mine has a nursing baby and she uses a cover - it's basically a large bib made out of very lightweight fabric. It covers everything (except when her three year old yanks on it to see the baby...) and as far as I know, it doesn't make her or the baby feel 'overheated'.

    Covered breastfeeding - no issue with it whatsoever. Non-covered - mildly uncomfortable, but if it bothers me I just don't look.
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        08-07-2012, 12:28 PM
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    Mike!

    I would've had to get up and leave. LOL
         
        08-07-2012, 12:29 PM
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    And please, don't start with the, 'But it's NATURAL!' Yeah, so is pooping, but I don't want to see anyone else doing that!
    Bahahahahaha.... I was just about to give this example... If you have diarrhea and there is no bathrooms around do you just get off your pants and poo right there?

    Yes, yes, I understand it's different, but there is such things as a modesty and respect for others.
         
        08-07-2012, 12:32 PM
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    ................., but there is such things as a modesty and respect for others.
    This^^^^^^^^
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