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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    Ultimately everytime a woman breastfeeds without a sash or blanket we are doing the world a service. Everytime it happens it becomes less shocking and more normal. I live in hope one day nobody will be scared or ashamed of feeding their babies in public.
    Snap. Thats what I was trying to say but you said it better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girl X View Post
    I think I might be setting myself up to be shot down in flames here, but (deep breath)..

    I think that unless you are a parent, (perhaps even of a younger child), then it is not unusual to see breasts in a s*xual way rather than in a child related way.

    Prior to being pregnant with DD I saw them that way. I had only seen 1 person breastfeeding on one occasion. Other than that I had seen a million images of breasts in a s*xual way. Now that I have a toddler and am surrounded by people with babies, I see it all the time, and the association has changed.

    I'm not saying that it's right, but I don't think it's necessarily terrible either. They are there to feed your child, but they are also something that attracts a partner, and for the majority of our lives we don't use them to feed children (sometimes never).

    I think that women should be able to feed their kids in public, without feeling uncomfortable.

    However, I also think that seeing a breast is not something most people expect when at the supermarket (for example), and people without children may have that initial reaction of it being a body part that they normally associate with s*x.

    I think that tolerance and understanding needs to go both ways. Someone earlier mentioned that no breastfeeding woman deliberately shows her breasts. Well, that's not true. I accept that most try to do it in a discreet way, but I have known a couple of women who have been very comfortable with having it all out before/ after attaching the baby (in public), and I think that this can make other people feel uncomfortable.

    And for those who say 'So what? That's their problem' - well, I don't think that's very fair either. We all live in this world together, and my agenda and 'normal' is different from someone else's. That doesn't mean we have to hide away, but I don't think it hurts to act sensitively - that's all.

    Hope that all makes sense.
    I agree with this.

    Particularly for those who have not breastfed/had children/been around people who have breastfed, I can see how they are shocked or uncomfortable around women who are not discreet when breastfeeding. I am not saying it's right, but I can certainly understand it.

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    lol at the original description,

    when ds was a baby i nursed, without a cover, whenever he needed too.

    you see MORE of my boobs now that i am not nip than you ever did when i was nip

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brummiemummy View Post
    I just asked my DH his opinion on public breast feeding and wish I never did . I told him that it's what I'll be doing, I don't think he is particularly happy... He'll just have to get used to it!
    Sorry to hear your husband wasn't more supportive. I hope he comes around. Give him some info from ABA.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    Ultimately everytime a woman breastfeeds without a sash or blanket we are doing the world a service. Everytime it happens it becomes less shocking and more normal. I live in hope one day nobody will be scared or ashamed of feeding their babies in public.
    Absolutely! That's why I'm a lactivist. Changing the world, one Breastfeed at a time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemmi View Post
    lol at the original description,

    when ds was a baby i nursed, without a cover, whenever he needed too.

    you see MORE of my boobs now that i am not nip than you ever did when i was nip

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    Does nip mean Breastfeeding? I've never heard that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GothChick View Post
    I really dont care where a women BF's but I do think it's polite to have a sash or something to cover up a tad.
    It wouldnt matter to me if the boobs looked like cocker spaniels ears or that or a porn star, I dont want to see it whilst Im sipping on my latte in a cafe.

    I think it's just polite.
    Absolutely totally agree

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    Quote Originally Posted by lulululu View Post
    Does nip mean Breastfeeding? I've never heard that!
    I think it stands for "nursing in public"

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    Quote Originally Posted by lulululu View Post
    Does nip mean Breastfeeding? I've never heard that!
    nip is nursing in public sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girl X View Post

    And for those who say 'So what? That's their problem' - well, I don't think that's very fair either. We all live in this world together, and my agenda and 'normal' is different from someone else's. That doesn't mean we have to hide away, but I don't think it hurts to act sensitively - that's all.

    Hope that all makes sense.
    Your post makes sense to me, although I respectfully disagree with your last paragraph.

    There are a heck of a lot of norma, things that people take issue with. A lot of women scorn at attractive women, I don't think attractive women should be housebound or obly leave the house in tracksuits.

    Even my usually understanding, left-wing employer tells me that he doesn't want to see homosexual couples in public.

    Some people are uoset by the sight of a newborn because they haven't been able to have one.

    A lot of people are offended by the sight of a baby being fed with a bottle.

    Some people are uncomfortable and rude toward those with physical disabilities.


    I'm sure you woukd agree with me that none of the above should give into our backward society, why is breastfeeding any different.

    I would never ask a mother feeding her baby with a bottle to do it under a blanket out of "respect" to those around them, breastfeeding mothers should absolutely be able to use their legal right of feeding their baby in public without scrutiny.

    If mothers don't feel safe feeding in public, I fear that even more mothers who desperately want to breastfeed will not succeed.

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