Originally Posted by calicokatt
While some women really do 'whip it out' the vast majority of nursing mothers don't. Most of them don't go out in public and try to nurse a newborn, because its just too awkward, and the baby thwarts all attempts to keep things covered. But just because a few women want to flaunt what they've got/what they're doing, doesn't mean the rest of us should be penalized. I've seen and used those blanket thingies with the collar that is supposed to make them more ventilated. Breastfeeding is hot and sweaty enough, yes, those are better than draping a blanket, but not by much.
Some women wear short shorts with their butt cheeks hanging out, should we ban shorts so we're not subjected to those women? Some women wear shirts that are so low the only part of their breast you CAN'T see is their nipple, should we require high collars so we're not subjected to it? I think the reality is that we expect (and should expect) for people to be mature and responsible in their actions. Most women are well aware that breastfeeding makes many people (men especially, but also women who seem to think their man is going to be turned on by it) uncomfortable, and will at least turn away or be discrete while getting situated. Once the baby is nursing, you really can't see anything. Its not her fault if you're uncomfortable because you 'know what's going on'.
You can't penalize an entire group of people based on the indiscreet actions of a few.
personally I think as a whole our societies acceptable clothing needs to change. If it were up to me there would be no short shorts, no itsy bitsy bikini, no baggy pants, etc. when did exposing as much of your body become acceptable? Does no one believe in imagination anymore?
That's my 2 cents on that, so now you understand why I don't want to see someone whip it out. And as for penalizing I don't see how it really penalizes anyone. The sheets/bibs gives the mother and baby privacy and allows for people to mind there own business. Its a win for both sides.