Public breast-feeding controversy won't go away

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. Read more
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M Sullivan

Saint John, Canada

#1 Aug 10, 2006
Mother nature gave us breasts to feed our young, society turned then into sex objects. I donít know many woman who breast fed in public who just let their breast hang out, I have always found them to be very discreet. The problem is people get their knickers in a knot just by seeing a woman who they know is breastfeeding, they donít even need to see the breast!! The woman from Texas who shredded the cover so her 15 year old son wouldn't see it missed a huge opportunity to teach her son about the beauty and health benefits of breastfeeding. Her attitude has now been passed on to her son so the closed mindedness continues. As far as I'm concerned all woman who have a problem with other woman breastfeeding in public hate themselves and have a very poor body image. If any one should understand the issue it is woman, shame on all you closed minded women for turning your backs on your sisters out there who are only trying to give their babies the best start possible, not star in some porn movie. I bet you are the same woman who change in the in the dark. Well sorry ladies you can't pass your hang-ups on to the rest of us. Here's an idea, do a little work on your self image and body image and stop judging those of us who have a healthy attitude about our bodies and the purpose of each body part!
cori

Colmar, PA

#2 Aug 10, 2006
I agree with you 100%.Why is everyone so upset about seeing a mother and baby do what is natural. As women we should stop judging each other.As far as children seeing it, they see alot more on t.v..videos and movies. To the women in Texas your 15 year old son by now knows what a breast is.Maybe this women should be more upset about how women are treated in music videos and teach their daughters about the beauty of being a women and to respect themselves. how about raising self-confident, powerful young women.
sean

Oakland, CA

#4 Feb 10, 2007
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
M Sullivan

Shediac, Canada

#5 Feb 19, 2007
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 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!!
Open your EYES

Temple, TX

#7 Apr 3, 2007
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
Don't eat steak in public then either... dunb @$$
tea ali

Montville, NJ

#8 Apr 3, 2007
M Sullivan wrote:
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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!!...
Lol!!!I remember those days. It's a lot easier feeding the natural way.
sean

Hayward, CA

#9 Apr 16, 2007
Open your EYES wrote:
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Don't eat steak in public then either... dunb @$$
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
sean

Hayward, CA

#10 Apr 16, 2007
M Sullivan wrote:
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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!!
yes when you go out of your way to have an audience around with a spotlight in front of you to have people watch what your doing, ide say thats immature and very disturbing. People like you only care more of an audience and to be right in front of the spotlight morely than your concerned about feeding your child. Its a showoff spectator sport to breastfeed out in public veiw and you know it. Show some consideration for others before you want respect for yourself
dawn

Longwood, FL

#11 Apr 18, 2007
I think Sean is a troll out to deliberately flare up the Evil Conservative stereotype. If you're not, Sean, then take a hike because you aren't doing anything for either cause.

I'm as conservative as they come, and I have no problem breastfeeding my baby in public and neither do all my fellow conservative friends. What the hell it has to do with politics I have no idea.

Here's a newsflash: babies get fussy without warning, and they don't always get hungry on schedule, either. You can't always plan ahead for every little thing they might need, and people who have never had babies need to stop telling those of us who have what we should be doing with them.

If I feed my child discreetly, it's a lot less distracting than letting him scream and cry, which would probably get me nasty comments from people like you about why I have to take my crying kid out in public and why can't I shut him up.

I don't know anyone who makes a spectacle out of breastfeeding. Every woman I know prefers to find a quiet corner and covers herself and her baby. I don't want you looking at my breast any more than you want to see it, I hope. But I WILL feed my child when he needs nourishment or comfort, regardless of how offended you are by that idea, and I'm not going to kill myself preparing bottles every time I need to run an errand /just in case/ my child might need feeding.

Until you've had to do EVERYTHING with an infant attached to your hip, don't lecture me about selfishness.
Army sgt wife

Laredo, TX

#12 Apr 19, 2007
TO SEAN~~im a proud breast feeder of an 11 month old soon, i BF in public, but i am discret about it, i dont expose my breast at all. your ignorant belifs dont bother me, im doing what God intended on breasts to be used for, to bad you cant even look at a breast without becoming arroused, what a pervert you are. we are simply feeding our children. if you dont like to see it, dont stare so hard that you have to see it. its not like women flop there breast out. get over yourself.
sean

Hayward, CA

#13 Apr 19, 2007
dawn wrote:
I think Sean is a troll out to deliberately flare up the Evil Conservative stereotype. If you're not, Sean, then take a hike because you aren't doing anything for either cause.
I'm as conservative as they come, and I have no problem breastfeeding my baby in public and neither do all my fellow conservative friends. What the hell it has to do with politics I have no idea.
Here's a newsflash: babies get fussy without warning, and they don't always get hungry on schedule, either. You can't always plan ahead for every little thing they might need, and people who have never had babies need to stop telling those of us who have what we should be doing with them.
If I feed my child discreetly, it's a lot less distracting than letting him scream and cry, which would probably get me nasty comments from people like you about why I have to take my crying kid out in public and why can't I shut him up.
I don't know anyone who makes a spectacle out of breastfeeding. Every woman I know prefers to find a quiet corner and covers herself and her baby. I don't want you looking at my breast any more than you want to see it, I hope. But I WILL feed my child when he needs nourishment or comfort, regardless of how offended you are by that idea, and I'm not going to kill myself preparing bottles every time I need to run an errand /just in case/ my child might need feeding.
Until you've had to do EVERYTHING with an infant attached to your hip, don't lecture me about selfishness.
Well Dawn...i'm sorry to say this but YOU JUST LOST YOUR CONSERVATIVE RIGHT WING STATUS MY FREIND. Your no conservative Dawn so do not discrace and give all right wing conservatives a bad name, because conservatives believe in strong values, they believe in strong standard procedures such as not exposing anything thats sexual. You my freind are no conservative, i'm a real conservative Dawn, your a phoney make believe conservative and you know it. Not only that, please do not make conservatives look bad Dawn, do not de-rail the right wing conservative status. Conservatives such as strong Republicans like Newt Gingritch and Allan Keys are the ones who wanna fight hard enough to prohibit public breastfeeding in all 50 states Dawn

Since: Apr 07

Small Town Texas

#14 Apr 20, 2007
I think if the breast is covered with a baby blanket or similar item and the breast isn't exposed, there should be no problem with it. Preferably, yes, you should bf the child in private. But if there is an emergency and you can't be private, by all means, go ahead and feed your baby. As long as you are covered up, then what's the harm in it?
sean

Hayward, CA

#15 Apr 21, 2007
killeenmom wrote:
I think if the breast is covered with a baby blanket or similar item and the breast isn't exposed, there should be no problem with it. Preferably, yes, you should bf the child in private. But if there is an emergency and you can't be private, by all means, go ahead and feed your baby. As long as you are covered up, then what's the harm in it?
killeenmom...and what type of an emergency would that be??. Just so you know, in case of an emergency where the baby gets hungry...there are option, the baby can always waite till the mother is done shopping or done making stops at the bank. One missed breastmilk is not gonna kill the baby at all. There are bathrooms for those types of accomodations where she can breastfeed her child and wouldn't be in the way of other store shopper customers. If its anyone who needs to the most accomodations are the mentally handicapp or the elderlys. Why should we accomodate some rude, inconsiderate, impolite, selfish, immature breastfeeding mother when in public establisments. When your either in a grocery store, shopping mall, bank, restaurant or a privately owned public transportation service like an airline company, how hard is it for any lazy breastfeeding mother to just walk within three feet away to the bathroom to breastfeed. To me this is down right irresponsible. How hard is it to prepare bottled pumped breastmilk ahead of time in advanced the day before your big excursions or even two hours before your excursion. Is it really that hard for most breastfeeding mothers to just accomodate there ownselves??. I mean come on no excuses, breastfeeding is not a race, a gender, a religion or a nationality. Breastfeeding is a behaviour that can be controlled within the mature responsibilitys of that individual and should not be a showoff spectator sport as a protesting
sean

Hayward, CA

#16 Apr 21, 2007
Army sgt wife wrote:
TO SEAN~~im a proud breast feeder of an 11 month old soon, i BF in public, but i am discret about it, i dont expose my breast at all. your ignorant belifs dont bother me, im doing what God intended on breasts to be used for, to bad you cant even look at a breast without becoming arroused, what a pervert you are. we are simply feeding our children. if you dont like to see it, dont stare so hard that you have to see it. its not like women flop there breast out. get over yourself.
No actually your wrong...you are simply feeding your child in a rude, selfish , impolite way an order to try and impress others or showoff (like we give a **** anyways how you raise your kids). Again, your a nother one of them irresponsible breastfeeding mothers who love to blame others by calling them "perverts" due to your lack of responsibilitys of not being private about it where its out of the way of perverts. Take responsibilitys for your own actions Army sgt wife, if you dont like perverts watching you when breastfeeding your child out in public veiw, then dont be a ****ing showoff about it then. YOU CANT HAVE IT BOTHWAYS BY SAYING "oh i hate perverts, but i will not be opressed by breastfeeding in dirty bathrooms, so there for i will be a showoff about it out in public veiw wether or not there are perverts so i can impress others". You are very misguided and not to mention very sexist Army sgt wife. God may have intended breast for feeding just like God intended male P*nises for urinating too, but that doesnt mean i would urinate in public veiw with a live captive audiences. By the way, its not good to USE your own child as a shield for your inappropriate lewd conduct actions out in public to try and impress others. Its not good to USE your own child to go nude in public, this kind of behaviour is no longer about breastfeeding. It extends itself as a sign of immature, childish center of attention action to have the spotlight on you. By doing so, this attracts rapest, it attracts perverts, plus it offends other foreighn customs who may not agree to this if its in a commercial airliner full of different passengers from certain middle eastern countrys
HHtx76548

Waco, TX

#17 Apr 21, 2007
Sean, you're definitely different..nicest way of putting it. I am ultra conservative. I agree that things of a sexual nature should be kept behind closed door. But Bud, a pair of breasts are not sexual in nature. They are glands designed to produce milk for offspring covered by protective dermis. I'm now past the days of breastfeeding. I just looked in the mirror this morning..my breast are anything but sexual. LOL Gotta love gravity and age. To all you breastfeeders out there...you go girl.
sean

Hayward, CA

#18 Apr 21, 2007
HHtx76548 wrote:
Sean, you're definitely different..nicest way of putting it. I am ultra conservative. I agree that things of a sexual nature should be kept behind closed door. But Bud, a pair of breasts are not sexual in nature. They are glands designed to produce milk for offspring covered by protective dermis. I'm now past the days of breastfeeding. I just looked in the mirror this morning..my breast are anything but sexual. LOL Gotta love gravity and age. To all you breastfeeders out there...you go girl.
Yeah...and a male P*nis may not be sexual by nature to right??, after all its used to excrete bodily fluids just like breast excrete bodily fluids such as breastmilk. If you wanna milk your little offsprings out in public veiw and not be private about it, then take that **** to a barn or a zoo. We as civilized human beins oughta know we have more shame and a sense of embarrasment than animals than to be breastfeeding in public veiw
Chaz

Amarillo, TX

#19 Apr 22, 2007
sean wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah...and a male P*nis may not be sexual by nature to right??, after all its used to excrete bodily fluids just like breast excrete bodily fluids such as breastmilk. If you wanna milk your little offsprings out in public veiw and not be private about it, then take that **** to a barn or a zoo. We as civilized human beins oughta know we have more shame and a sense of embarrasment than animals than to be breastfeeding in public veiw
Oh my ... you want to post that kind a language and crap. Then say breast feeding in public is wrong ....GET A LIFE !!!!!
sean

Hayward, CA

#20 Apr 22, 2007
Chaz wrote:
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Oh my ... you want to post that kind a language and crap. Then say breast feeding in public is wrong ....GET A LIFE !!!!!
Yes i will say it, breastfeeding in public is wrong and by all means, it constitutes indecent exposure and lewd conduct. Any women who is caught doing this inappropriate act should be removed from restaurant property. And if she continues to keep coming back to the establishment and not complying with rules standard procedures, she should be fined $,5000.00 for indecent exposure, plus not to mention disturbing the peace. Lewd Conduct is lewd conduct no matter how you wanna try and sugar coat things, you cannot use your own baby as a sheild and an excuse just so you can go publicly nude, plus not expect others to not see it as offensive or indecent exposure
Edward B

Vancouver, WA

#21 Apr 23, 2007
"conservatives believe in strong values, they believe in strong standard procedures such as not exposing anything thats sexual"
"feeding your child in a rude, selfish , impolite way an order to try and impress others or showoff"
"By doing so, this attracts rapest, it attracts perverts"
1)breastfeeding is not sexual in nature
2)Impress others/show off? Where do you get that malarkey?!? Please explain- I really would like to understand how you think breastfeeding is showing off!
3)Please name ONE instance where a woman was breastfeeding, and this was the cause of her being raped.
By the way, perhaps where you live, a bare breast is indecent exposure, but not everywhere is that way. As for the Eastern culture that you mentioned? Well, wake up, this is America, not Egypt. Should we make our women cover their faces & legs including their ankles? Wouldn't want to OFFEND anyone! My dad still believes women should not be wearing pants (it's in the Bible, you know!)- so don't wear pants around him if you're a woman- you'll offend him!
This "no offending" others is complete hogwash! I'm not saying you should go around crassly swearing up a storm, etc- there is tact & whatnot, but getting "so offended" because someone says something....
Go home and cry to mommy; give me a break!
It's getting to where I'm embarrassed to say I'm an American!
Eddy ~~~
sean

Hayward, CA

#22 Apr 23, 2007
Edward B wrote:
"conservatives believe in strong values, they believe in strong standard procedures such as not exposing anything thats sexual"
"feeding your child in a rude, selfish , impolite way an order to try and impress others or showoff"
"By doing so, this attracts rapest, it attracts perverts"
1)breastfeeding is not sexual in nature
2)Impress others/show off? Where do you get that malarkey?!? Please explain- I really would like to understand how you think breastfeeding is showing off!
3)Please name ONE instance where a woman was breastfeeding, and this was the cause of her being raped.
By the way, perhaps where you live, a bare breast is indecent exposure, but not everywhere is that way. As for the Eastern culture that you mentioned? Well, wake up, this is America, not Egypt. Should we make our women cover their faces & legs including their ankles? Wouldn't want to OFFEND anyone! My dad still believes women should not be wearing pants (it's in the Bible, you know!)- so don't wear pants around him if you're a woman- you'll offend him!
This "no offending" others is complete hogwash! I'm not saying you should go around crassly swearing up a storm, etc- there is tact & whatnot, but getting "so offended" because someone says something....
Go home and cry to mommy; give me a break!
It's getting to where I'm embarrassed to say I'm an American!
Eddy ~~~
Umm Edward...breastfeeding is sexual when women use this inappropirate bevaiour to impose on others. Why..because this is a nother human bein such as a baby sucking a womens boobs like as if we are watching a R rated Ponographical adult movie. I watch many R rated films before Edward, and i see how these nasty freaky men love to do weird things with womens breast by slopping there wet mouths all over them with chocolate syrup. This behaviour is incestual and very weird, you wanna breastfeed your baby in public veiw to be uncivilized about it without showing any feelings for my rights and others, then take that bull**** to a barn or a zoo. After all Edward... breastfeeding lowclass women who wanna act like animals, well hey, then maybe those animals need to wear clothes

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