Public breast-feeding controversy won...

Public breast-feeding controversy won't go away

There are 1109 comments on the The Journal Times story from Aug 7, 2006, titled Public breast-feeding controversy won't go away. In it, The Journal Times reports that:

Rebecca Cook of Burlington said staff at the Victoria's Secret at Regency Mall told her she could not nurse in the store, and offered her the employee bathroom instead.

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Cassi Shephard

Amarillo, TX

#504 Sep 25, 2007
simple problems, Thank you so much for your kind words. My children are 4 and 2 now so no more breast-feeding, but I greatly appreciate your comment anyway! It's so nice to hear such things from a man, not that I think all men have a problem with this, but quite a few do.

Lunchlady, I can completely sympathize with the whole "there is no such thing as privacy" deal, especially in the bathroom. The funny thing is they do that to there dad too, and I get a kick out of that!!!
sean

Springfield, MA

#505 Sep 25, 2007
LunchLady wrote:
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Sean, What is your real name or are you to conserative to say?
Yes i am very conservative in a lot of issue's
AKJ

Americus, GA

#506 Sep 25, 2007
I don't mind. Just cover up. If a place of business has a desinated area, go there.
sean

Springfield, MA

#507 Sep 25, 2007
AKJ wrote:
I don't mind. Just cover up. If a place of business has a desinated area, go there.
Agree to that AKJ
sean

Springfield, MA

#508 Sep 25, 2007
simple problems wrote:
After all these years of breast feeding (since the first babies)and people are still griping about it. I cannot think of a time when a woman is more beautiful than when feeding and bonding with her child. Bottle feeding is the newcomer to the block here.
After reading the posts here I think the real problem is the men are afraid they may become aroused and all will laugh at their shortcomings. Or they are really upset that women are usualy discrete and they are disappointed that women dont just bare themselves for the men to ogle while they are nuturing their child.
The women who are upset are so because they dont have the strengh to stand up for their convictions and put up the extra effort it takes to breast feed. I think that equates to envy.
Keep up the good work and do what you can to keep those loving tummies full with the perfect food.
So many of the men who post here have one other problem. While you are discrete (or not, your choice) they may see a breast, but every time they look in the mirror they see a non life sustaining boob. Just so you know I am a man and in no way feel upset with a woman breast feeding where ever she and baby need to.
Simple problems...your wrong my freind, bottlefeeding has always been around for decades. Before women started to put themselves on public display as the norm when breastfeeding, they were using bottles throughout the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Breastfeeding may have been around then, but that was only done in third world countries where people didnt learn about civilization yet. And a nother thing too, i wish you liberals would stop calling breastfeeding in public "beautiful" ok!!!. I mean for crying out loud, there is nothing beautiful my freind about a boob being sucked on by a nother human being. If you think so yourself, then your the one who is the pervert. Liberals like you try to pretend that this is not a sexual perversion, but as we can see such sinicle people like you have a sneeky way of making society accept sexual perversions as the norm. Its all a slippery slope, because then soon how long will it be till having sex is legal in public accomadations. As i said before, liberals have a sneeky way of getting one foot in the door until society no longer sees anything as inappropriate or sexual
reza santorini

Skokie, IL

#509 Sep 25, 2007
Most nurse as a bonding practice, not to save money. It is a private experience but we do have teen age boys and they are fascinated by such things. Turn away and cover your boob if for no other reason than to bond.

“http://www.bobba rr2008.com/”

Since: Jun 07

Joyful Chaos

#510 Sep 25, 2007
sean wrote:
<quoted text>Simple problems...your wrong my freind, bottlefeeding has always been around for decades. Before women started to put themselves on public display as the norm when breastfeeding, they were using bottles throughout the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Breastfeeding may have been around then, but that was only done in third world countries where people didnt learn about civilization yet. And a nother thing too, i wish you liberals would stop calling breastfeeding in public "beautiful" ok!!!. I mean for crying out loud, there is nothing beautiful my freind about a boob being sucked on by a nother human being. If you think so yourself, then your the one who is the pervert. Liberals like you try to pretend that this is not a sexual perversion, but as we can see such sinicle people like you have a sneeky way of making society accept sexual perversions as the norm. Its all a slippery slope, because then soon how long will it be till having sex is legal in public accomadations. As i said before, liberals have a sneeky way of getting one foot in the door until society no longer sees anything as inappropriate or sexual
Once again sean, How can you say that God made a way for a woman to feed her baby that requires the woman to commit incest? You claim to be a christian!! How can you make such an accusation against God?

Breastfeeding a BABY is not sexual.

Civilization? what does civilization have to do with breastfeeding? How can you believe that anything man can come up with could improve on the perfection of God's creation? You are a lousy christian if you believe that!

Don't you realize that the Son of God was breastfed? When you say that breastfeeding is a 'sexual perversion' you are saying that Mary commited incest with Christ! I wonder what your priest would say about that?

And in the great scheme of things bottlefeeding is the new thing since women have been breastfeeding for THOUSANDS of years before the invention of bottles.

“http://www.bobba rr2008.com/”

Since: Jun 07

Joyful Chaos

#511 Sep 25, 2007
reza santorini wrote:
Most nurse as a bonding practice, not to save money.
I think you are full of it reza. I breastfeed because it is the best nutrition for my baby. The bonding is just a perk.

“http://www.bobba rr2008.com/”

Since: Jun 07

Joyful Chaos

#512 Sep 25, 2007
sean, seriously, GET HELP!! You are obviously mentally deranged.

Oh, reza, that last comment of mine came off kind of rude, I'm sorry.
sean

Springfield, MA

#513 Sep 27, 2007
joyfulmama wrote:
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Once again sean, How can you say that God made a way for a woman to feed her baby that requires the woman to commit incest? You claim to be a christian!! How can you make such an accusation against God?
Breastfeeding a BABY is not sexual.
Civilization? what does civilization have to do with breastfeeding? How can you believe that anything man can come up with could improve on the perfection of God's creation? You are a lousy christian if you believe that!
Don't you realize that the Son of God was breastfed? When you say that breastfeeding is a 'sexual perversion' you are saying that Mary commited incest with Christ! I wonder what your priest would say about that?
And in the great scheme of things bottlefeeding is the new thing since women have been breastfeeding for THOUSANDS of years before the invention of bottles.
Well civilized is short for civilization ok...if you go to foreighn countrys, you can see they havent learned to be civilized if they go around breastfeeding outdoors. So basically what i am trying to get across is that when you live in a society that lacks maturity and not being civilized which means being polite, then you pretty much dont have civilization anymore. Yes breastfeeding maybe something for the babies needs, but there are lots of people out in the public eye who have feelings. And every single one of those peoples feelings maybe different than one a nother who maybe aroused, or perhaps you might have perverts around who get aroused of the sight at breast.

“http://www.bobba rr2008.com/”

Since: Jun 07

Joyful Chaos

#514 Sep 27, 2007
sean wrote:
<quoted text>Well civilized is short for civilization ok...if you go to foreighn countrys, you can see they havent learned to be civilized if they go around breastfeeding outdoors. So basically what i am trying to get across is that when you live in a society that lacks maturity and not being civilized which means being polite, then you pretty much dont have civilization anymore. Yes breastfeeding maybe something for the babies needs, but there are lots of people out in the public eye who have feelings. And every single one of those peoples feelings maybe different than one a nother who maybe aroused, or perhaps you might have perverts around who get aroused of the sight at breast.
If they get aroused because I am meeting the needs of my child, that is their problem, not mine! I will not sacrifice my child's well being because of what some perv *might* feel about it.

I am discreet when nursing in public. I try not to draw attention to myself. A perv would be very disappointed to see me breastfeed because he would see nothing but me holding my baby.

Modern technology does not mean that we are more 'civilized' than those who do not have it.
reza santorini

Skokie, IL

#515 Sep 30, 2007
I work in a book store where woman can discreety sit facing a wall or turn from public eyes. They choose not to...or at least some. You should see the teen boys watching them...some even do the breast feeding in the book section that carries teen books. Discretion would help instead of displays meant to be seen.
reza santorini

Skokie, IL

#516 Sep 30, 2007
joyfulmama wrote:
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I think you are full of it reza. I breastfeed because it is the best nutrition for my baby. The bonding is just a perk.
Really? Then be a real mother and think of someone other than your own needs. I breast fed..and managed to feed my babies in quiet, respectful places...some don't.

Since: Aug 07

Warren, MI

#517 Sep 30, 2007
reza santorini wrote:
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Really? Then be a real mother and think of someone other than your own needs. I breast fed..and managed to feed my babies in quiet, respectful places...some don't.
Reza,

She apologized for that comment. What she is trying to say is that she made her choice because she thought it would be best for the baby's health. Also, in the comment right above yours she states that when in public she nurses her baby discreetly. Who are you fighting?

“http://www.bobba rr2008.com/”

Since: Jun 07

Joyful Chaos

#518 Sep 30, 2007
reza santorini wrote:
I work in a book store where woman can discreety sit facing a wall or turn from public eyes. They choose not to...or at least some. You should see the teen boys watching them...some even do the breast feeding in the book section that carries teen books. Discretion would help instead of displays meant to be seen.
I know of no women who breastfeed simply in order to be seen, at least not personally. And a woman does not have to face the wall to be discreet. I believe I am very discreet, no one usually even knows unless they are very close, but I do not sit facing the wall.

“http://www.bobba rr2008.com/”

Since: Jun 07

Joyful Chaos

#519 Sep 30, 2007
reza santorini wrote:
<quoted text>
Really? Then be a real mother and think of someone other than your own needs. I breast fed..and managed to feed my babies in quiet, respectful places...some don't.
By nursing my baby I am thinking of someone else's needs, MY CHILD'S NEEDS!
Jenna

Albuquerque, NM

#520 Sep 30, 2007
reza santorini wrote:
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Really? Then be a real mother and think of someone other than your own needs. I breast fed..and managed to feed my babies in quiet, respectful places...some don't.
I think this comment was uncalled for, particularly since joyfulmama apologized to you. I know her well from this and other forums, and she is a Christian (and very modest) and a stay at home mom who homeschools her children. We're certainly not talking about a self-serving parent here. And I agree with her, one can nurse very discreetly in public (with no breast visible) and not have to face a wall like a child being sent to the corner. I am sure there are a few exhibitionist nursing moms out there, but they are few and far between. Most women nurse their children as a selfless act and because their desire is to do what's best for their children.

“RAmen”

Since: Jun 07

A-town aka: the 806

#521 Oct 1, 2007
I noticed yesterday on a commercial for carnation "good start" formula, that several times during the commercial the voice over and a caption at the bottom said "breastmilk is best, discuss with your doctor."

EVEN A FORMULA COMPANY SAYS IT SEAN. BREAST IS BEST.

“Question everything”

Since: Oct 07

Currently Kirksville, MO

#522 Oct 3, 2007
I addressed this in another post. I think again, the extreme voices are the most heard.

The person most offended by the act of feeding a child- be it by breast or bottle...should change their view (point of or vision) or leave if it is that big of a deal.. If the mother has the right to be there, the baby has a right to eat.

Everyone has different interpretation of what discretion means. Discretion to one is 'whipping it out' to another. Others think the only place to do that is 'at home where it belongs'. To go even a step further,other people think that breastfeeding is perverse and bottlefeeding is the only way.
sean

Springfield, MA

#523 Oct 3, 2007
Mom in MO wrote:
I addressed this in another post. I think again, the extreme voices are the most heard.
The person most offended by the act of feeding a child- be it by breast or bottle...should change their view (point of or vision) or leave if it is that big of a deal.. If the mother has the right to be there, the baby has a right to eat.
Everyone has different interpretation of what discretion means. Discretion to one is 'whipping it out' to another. Others think the only place to do that is 'at home where it belongs'. To go even a step further,other people think that breastfeeding is perverse and bottlefeeding is the only way.
Well if you cant leave it at home to feed your child or whatever, a logical answer would be to use full modesty such as a shawl coverup. That shouldnt be much to ask for

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