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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Tre

Lafayette, LA

#1108 Jul 22, 2009
I've read some ridiculous things in my life, but some of these posts take the cake! I knew that people were ignorant, but come on! A woman breastfeeding her child in public is lewd and sexual in nature? How about the women who walk around on the public beaches half-naked? I saw a woman this past weekend with her family including a boy who looked to be about 12 years old and she had on what amounted to a string running up her behind. She had to cover herself anytime she lifted her leg less other things be exposed. Should someone have asked her to cover up? Was she scarring the young boy in her group? I see more skin from the average woman walking on the beach with her ultra-conservative, beer guzzling husband or boyfriend than I see from a woman breastfeeding her baby. Most of them wear tops that barely cover the nipple. Where's the public outcry for that! This is one messed up country when a woman who is trying to do what is best for her child gets ostracized and we see nothing wrong with a woman walking down the beach with most of her breast and behind hanging out. I grew up around women who breastfed in my presence and it never came off as sexual to me. They were just feeding their baby. I thought that was normal. I still do and I applaud the women who have the courage to do it in public and I am a male. Most women I see in public usually are very discrete about their nursing and one would have to go out of their way to catch a glimpse of anything. To compare these women to "animals" is absurd at best. The real people with no-class or the ones who write complete lunacy and idiotic crap to these boards. Go get a book and educate yourself or better yet sit and talk to a breastfeeding mother and get her take on what she does! Stop living in your small box of ignorance. I guarantee all the thoughts and stereotypes you have will be challenged severely. If you don't like it, don't look! Just like the very sight of the ignorance on here disgusts me. When you spew nasty names about breastfeeding women you are talking about somebody's mother, wife, daughter, sister etc...
Dominoe

Somerville, MA

#1109 Aug 17, 2009
I think bf is perfectly fine. I actually hate when I hear people say well why can't you wait until your home to feed the baby or do it in a restroom. Ok so I always ask them this question if you're out and you're hungry would you wait say 2-3hrs until you've finished your errands or go and buy something to eat? Also would you ever want to eat in a bathroom that's just nasty do you know how many germs there are just sitting in there but you would rather have a baby with a still developing immune system eat in there?
Litte Lord FontLaroy

Amarillo, TX

#1111 Sep 19, 2009
I find it silly folks get all worked up over a woman nursing her baby.

Perhaps pouting about all the kids wearing pants that show their hairy hiney crack, might get you further.

I suppose you have the few that complain, but in the end they just have to get glad in the same britches they got mad in.
charlieoverhidin gler

Killeen, TX

#1113 Sep 23, 2009
there is nothing more natural or more beautifull than a mother feeding her young be it a human or animal what separates us is the ability to think for our selves and if all we can think of is bad or inmoral thoughts i have to ask who is the real animal
Michael Jackson

Hemphill, TX

#1114 Oct 10, 2009
charlie must get off watching breasts in action. Takes all kinds.
LVW

Weatherford, OK

#1115 Oct 11, 2009
M Sullivan wrote:
<quoted text>
You have obviously never had to put your nipple into a breast pump to have it stretched out 4 inches before a very small amount of milk comes out and continue the torture until you get a full bottle!! You are a closed minded, idiot!! Yes, me feeding my child is soooo immature and disrespectful!! You have a problem if you think that nature is wrong. Typical narrow minded Conservative!!
I am an older woman and I would prefer that Mother's that want to breatfeed their little babies go into a area that is secure and not public. I guess it is just a matter of what you want to look at as an individual. I get pretty tried of looking at women exposing their breats, panties, and young boys showing their underware. I just think there are somethings that should be private. Yes, I am a Conservative and I don't try to make others think like I do. I don't see any reason for exposing ones breast while feeding a little child. What's wrong with being a little careful about showing your breats in public? I know babies have to eat when they are hungrey, and I think that a breast feed baby can also take a bottle or so of a formular on some occassions. This hardly seems like anything that should be argued over, just common sense to me. I have family members that are breast feeding babies as I write. I don't think they do this in public, at least I have not seen it. If I did I would just go shop someplace else and keep my mouth shut. Not worth a fuss.
Little Lord

Amarillo, TX

#1116 Oct 13, 2009
LVW wrote:
<quoted text>
I am an older woman and I would prefer that Mother's that want to breatfeed their little babies go into a area that is secure and not public. I guess it is just a matter of what you want to look at as an individual. I get pretty tried of looking at women exposing their breats, panties, and young boys showing their underware. I just think there are somethings that should be private. Yes, I am a Conservative and I don't try to make others think like I do. I don't see any reason for exposing ones breast while feeding a little child. What's wrong with being a little careful about showing your breats in public? I know babies have to eat when they are hungrey, and I think that a breast feed baby can also take a bottle or so of a formular on some occassions. This hardly seems like anything that should be argued over, just common sense to me. I have family members that are breast feeding babies as I write. I don't think they do this in public, at least I have not seen it. If I did I would just go shop someplace else and keep my mouth shut. Not worth a fuss.
As should all just zip their trap and go elsewhere .
NQD

Edmonton, Canada

#1117 Dec 18, 2009
sean wrote:
<quoted text>hot do you compare an older adult eating steak in public to a newborn child eating in public through open breast??, thats so misguided and ignorant of you. We as adults eat in public more civilized than newborn infants who dont use a silverware and a plate but eat through explicit open breast. This is why society is becoming more weak because people like you are a cancer who is contributing to this dirty lewd conduct which will soon become worse to where people will have no shame or sense of guilt. Soon society will start condoning urinating/defacating in public
You do realize that you were once an uncivilized infant too? You sir (and I use that term loosely) are the one with no shame! Breastfeeding isn't "dirty lewd conduct", nor is it degrading society. That would be PORNOGRAPHY.
By the way, if you want to infuriate millions of mothers world-wide, I suggest using proper spelling and grammer.
NQD

Edmonton, Canada

#1118 Dec 18, 2009
sean wrote:
<quoted text>Wring again Edward, this whole public indecent exposure issue is not about feeding a hungry child ok..., this whole public breastfeeding issue is about how women love to whip it out openly in public veiw where there maybe innocent children and familys that would be subjected to it. You cannot use breastfeeding as a FRONT just so you can have an excuse to go nude in public. Face it Edwards, nude is nude my freind, there is no real need to breastfeed out in public veiw really when you think about it and when it comes right down to it. The only real reason why these women think they feel the need to breastfeed openly in public is to try and look for some attention an order to push this rude, impolite behaviour on others who do not wish to see it. This behaviour is a protest to try and push it in peoples faces as to say "LOOK I WILL NOT BE OPRESSED AND I WILL NOT BE AFRAID TO HIDE MY NATURAL NUDE BODY". This is about "MY RIGHTS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR RIGHTS" (sort of thing). Noone is denying women those rights to breastfeed there children, all we are just asking is simple common curtiousy, and doing it in good taste where its not gonna be in the way of others who do not wish to be subjected to nudity rude behaviour. A parent has that U.S. Constitutional Godgiven Red, White and blue rights to freespeech of asking or telling a rude breastfeeding mother out in public to "stop what your doing because there are familys and children around" or say "mam...theres a bathroom if you wanna breastfeed your child in total privacy". Natural bodily functions and privacy should not be really an issue, people need to understand SHAME, MATURITY, DECENCY AND understanding ones feelings and compforts before wanting to whip it out in public
Innocent children, huh? I believe you called them "tit sucking vampires".
ASstrOGlide

Ravena, NY

#1120 Jan 5, 2010
Nicole wrote:
So my post was kinda late it sooms. It was supposed to be for that Sean guy a LONG time ago.. oops
I just popped on to see if that moron Sean was still here...
Sramos

Flint, MI

#1121 Feb 9, 2010
Sean, You obviously don't have children and I'm not at all surprised. What kind of woman would deal with Your self righteous ass. Breastfeeding is not lewd or sexual in the least, your the immature freak who can't handle seeing a woman's breast. If we wanted to be nude in public we wouldn't wait to have a baby to do so. I would also like to have you depend on me for your food, then i would starve your ass until I was done shopping. It only makes me wonder what kind of mother you had.
Sean

Dayton, OH

#1122 Feb 22, 2010
Im back!!!! And guess what. I dont think breastfeeding is wrong anymore. I have thought over it ALOT and have had a major change of heart. now I totally believe that breastfeeding isnt sexual, wrong, screwed, up, or flithy. I am really sorry for ANYONE I offended. I have seen the wrong of my actions and the stupidity of my posts and thoughts. Thank you.
Nillynineninenin e

Dayton, OH

#1123 Feb 22, 2010
Above post fake. HAHAHAHA to anybody who believed it.
(Though the opinions on breastfeeding are 1000% real!)
im a trucker

Van Nuys, CA

#1124 Feb 24, 2010
i am all for it,hell i did it til i was 13 and i turned out just fine
rsb

United States

#1125 Feb 25, 2010
sean wrote:
As a Conservative that i am, i would love to see public breastfeeding be prohibited in all 50 states. Mothers should learn to not bring it out in public an order to disrespect other peoples feelings and compforts due to this SELFISH immature behaviour. I mean whats so hard to prepare a bottle with pumped breastmilk a head of time before planning your excursions
you are a f@#$in idiot and it is people like you that makes this country horrible
Big Dick

Hemphill, TX

#1126 Feb 26, 2010
Sean wrote:
Im back!!!! And guess what. I dont think breastfeeding is wrong anymore. I have thought over it ALOT and have had a major change of heart. now I totally believe that breastfeeding isnt sexual, wrong, screwed, up, or flithy. I am really sorry for ANYONE I offended. I have seen the wrong of my actions and the stupidity of my posts and thoughts. Thank you.
You freakin fraud imposter! You are NOT Sean! He would not back down from his moral beliefs. So go stick a rattle snake up ur coward fraud azz.
Big Dick

Hemphill, TX

#1127 Feb 26, 2010
It would be okay if you boob feed ur litter in public if you place a 55 gallon trash bag over your head and upper body, then stick the peon up there under the bag and let it slurp away. When its filled and farts u can then lick ur nipples clean and no one will know cause ur dog face is not exposed.
mom of 2 boys

United States

#1128 Feb 26, 2010
i have 2 wonderful boys and i breast fed them both and they are happier and healthier than my friends babies who did not breast feed. i am astonished at how stupid people can be. how do you think they did it long before plastic bottles and formula were invented? everyone who posted something negative on this subject is a moron.
joey

Collinsville, AL

#1129 Apr 29, 2010
Republican voter wrote:
<quoted text>Ummm i think your wrong, there is nothing normal about breastfeeding in public AKA PUBLIC INDECENT EXPOSURE ok!!!. There is nothing normal about seeing some nasty kid slobber his wet, drooling mouth all over someones SEXUAL PRIVATE PARTS. And as far as you denying that urinating in public isnt legal, theres where your still wrong again. In the country France, your kind of liberal elites groups that passed legislation to have breastfeeding in public, ALSO VOTED TO MAKE IT LEGAL TO URINATE IN PUBLIC. Now how do you explain that?? You people said so yourselves all along that "its natural and nothing to be ashamed of" which is why its perfectly normal and legal to urinate in public in France. Anyone who votes to have a law passed of having a kid suck on his mothers tits in public is the perverted sicko creep themselves. You are this sicko creepy LIBERAL CRAZIES that if you had it your own way that public exhibitionism would be legal so you can also watch naked women and children pass by so you can get your arousements on with binoculars. GO BACK TO CANADA YOU FREAK!!!!
why are you such a hater? liberal crazies, canada, why???
stop the hating, start talking with non hating arguments and more logical facts. you are entitle to your opinion, but keep your arguments objective and not subjective. this way we can converse in a diplomatic way.
BOOBIE_MILK

Mclean, VA

#1130 Jun 5, 2010
I BREASTFEED MY 2 MONTH OLD ANYWHERE HE GETS HUNGRY.
I DONT CARE WHAT ANYONES NEGATIVE OPINION IS, BREAST IS BEST.
KEEP FEEDING YOUR BABIES BOOBIE MILK!

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