Breastfeed Without A Cover

breastfeeding in public

This week on Mommalogues, the most difficult question for me to answer was the “What do you really think about moms who breastfeed without a cover?” question.

This is a topic I don’t really like to touch because I don’t want to offend women (some good friends of mine) who are true breastfeeding advocates and this is a sensitive issue.

They have been fighting for the right to nurse a child wherever we need to nurse a child and I think that’s great! Personally, however, I would have preferred sitting on the toilet of a bathroom stall while nursing then sit anywhere publicly.

I know. I set the movement back by saying that, but it’s true.

I didn’t want to do it covered in public because my babies didn’t like that and would knock the blanket down. And I didn’t want to risk being uncovered because I don’t like feeling exposed.

I didn’t even feel comfortable breast feeding in the comfort of my sisters living room while our children played…so maybe I’m extreme. It’s possible that my ridiculous need for absolute privacy contributed to my post baby anxiety levels.

So when asked to share what I REALLY think about women who breastfeed without a cover, well part of me feels proud of them for not caring because what is that like!?!

And part of me feels like if you’re going to put yourself out there like that, you can’t possibly be surprised that it makes some people uneasy. Sure, WE understand we’re a life source and providing actual food to a baby, but most everyone else sees boobs. OMG BOOBS!

Check out what the other Mommaloguers have to say about this one!:


(video here)

Also on Mommalogues this week:

What are the food rules in your house?
What is the craziest method you’ve tried to get your kids to eat their fruits and veggies?
Does homeschooling put kids at a disadvantage socially?

Comments

  1. says

    I hate that breasts are so sexualized that we have to even ask this question, but yeah. I’m not offended by it, but it makes me sort of do a double take when I see another woman’s boob, even when there’s a baby attached.

  2. says

    I breastfeed wherever, whenever and however I want and I encourage other women to do the same. I’ll be damned if I let someone else’s opinions make me feel bad for feeding my child. I’ve never had anyone say anything. I always wear two shirts, one to pull up and one to pull down. I don’t think anyone even realizes I am breastfeeding half the time. I’ve done it while walking through stores, parks, malls, whenever my kid is hungry. I would proudly defend my right to breastfeed if anyone did say anything. If you say “I support breastfeeding BUT’ then you do NOT support breastfeeding IMO. They’re just boobs and it’s legal to do all over the country so get over it.

    • says

      I love my husband, but sometimes he bugs. I support my son’s desire to wear pink to school, but I’m not surprised when kids at school don’t like it.

      I think it’s possible to support breastfeeding and also throw a “but” in there. I support breastfeeding in wherever, BUT…we shouldn’t be surprised when breastfeeding without a cover makes people uncomfortable.

      In your opinion they’re just boobs and a source of food…in my uncles opinion…HUBBA HUBBA!