to feed or not to feed, that is the question
I remember the first time I ever saw a woman breastfeeding. I was 11. We were at a ranch in Colorado and the owner's daughter had an infant. She'd always go away from the group for some privacy, but she'd let me come with her, as I was really fascinated by it all.
I also remember the first time I was with someone who breastfed in public. It was my cousin, and we were in the Galleria in Houston, Texas. I was 16, and I will admit, I was a tad uncomfortable at first, but I quickly got over it.
Then, we flash forward to the late 1990s, when I showed my step-daughter how to use a receiving blanket to discretely breastfeed in a booth at Black-Eyed Pea (a restaurant).
In the linked article, this British woman had her photo taken and put up on Facebook with the label "tramp" attached to it because she breastfed her child in town. Her response—and those of her supporters—is priceless. Well, I think so anyway.
What do you think? How do you feel about breastfeeding in public?
I absolutely make a point of going up to any mother breastfeeding in public (if I'm passing by.. I mean... Not in a creepy way!!) and saying that I think it's a wonderful thing that they are doing and well done.
My 1st wife fed our son for 6 months, then need for sleep and other pressure such as working meant we bottle fed..... We were young and didn't get the support needed or look to educate ourselves.... Of course breast is best and over here they have to make a statement that it is on any advertising for formula..... That's another discussion!
My current wife couldn't breast feed her 1st... Though she certainly tried but in the end had to bottle feed for her 2nd it just worked out and Isaac was breast fed for 3 years until our daughter came along who was breast fed for 4 years.... We didn't encounter any negativity but there wasn't a huge amount of support either... I can see both sides of the to breast feed or not argument but only in the context of breast or formula not in whether a mother should be allowed to breastfeed in public... It's going to be a better place when we don't have to ask those kinds of questions and people are accepted for doing what's right for the child.