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When I see a mom breastfeeding her child, I think it’s such a beautiful thing. I’m open to different opinions, but I really don’t understand people who think mothers shouldn’t breastfeed in public and should go into a public restroom. First off, apparently these same people have never been in a public restroom because they can be disgusting. When I use a public restroom, I rarely see one that has a separate sitting room.
I find it hard to believe that people would expect a mother to go into a bathroom with her child and sit on a toilet while breastfeeding. Yes, a breastfeeding mother can go sit in her car, but a woman shouldn’t have to hide away in her car because she needs to feed her hungry child. If I see someone in a restaurant, eating with their mouth open and with a complete lack of table manners, would it be okay if I asked them to eat in the restroom or a car? A woman is feeding her child and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Then there are the “I’m fine with breastfeeding as long as the mom covers up” people. I remember the times when my daughter was younger and I would have a blanket over her to shade her from the sun. Usually she would fling it off and when I would put it back on she would repeat. Not all babies like a blanket thrown over their face while breastfeeding so that’s not always a solution either.
I wasn’t able to breastfeed my daughter because she never latched on and was in the NICU, so I pumped. I bought a nursing cover and used it as a cover while pumping since I felt like a dairy cow. Mooo! But covers aren’t always right for mom and baby either. I think it’s so important that both are comfortable when breastfeeding no matter how much or how little you cover up.
I’ve never seen a mom let it all hang out when breastfeeding. More times than not, breastfeeding mothers try to be as discreet as possible. Whether you breastfeed, pump, or formula feed, we want the best for our kids and moms need all the support we can get when it comes to the decisions we make.
What are your thoughts on breastfeeding in public? Did you cover up? Let it all hang? Hide?