Hehe that description made me laugh lol! But...
My DD refuses to have a cover over her when feeding. Hates it. And I won't use one on principal now (only tried it when I was first starting out & nervous).
If someone has an issue with my socially unacceptable boobs hanging out because DD likes to be a sticky beak & look around & will let go randomly(thanks love lol)... well they can suck it up. Maybe they would prefer to deal with a screaming, hungry bub?
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10-03-2012 09:47 #21
10-03-2012 09:54 #22
I think there's nothing wrong with public bfing, I'd prefer to use a sash or wrap for modesty as I personally am not used to exposing my breasts in public- but to each their own.
10-03-2012 09:55 #23
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10-03-2012 10:01 #25
I don't think there's anything wrong with tending to your child's needs immediately, no matter where you are. And covering up? Onl if it is the feeding mother's preference.
Jennibear, if you think same sex relationships are truly accepted then I think you're not looking hard enough. And they're not 'far out'. Homosexuality occurs in over 2000 species, homophobia occurs in only one.
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10-03-2012 10:08 #26Senior Member
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I have d cup saggy boobs with tea cup size nipples and I fed my baby when and where needed.
Breastfeeding women don't need any more barriers to combining feeding and ordinary life.
Australian society has weird double standards. The shops are full of shorts where your bottom hangs out and tiny bikinis, but a utilitarian breast is a big fuss.
10-03-2012 10:14 #27Senior Member
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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.
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10-03-2012 10:28 #29Senior Member
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I always tried to feed DS in parents rooms or similar but if he needed to be fed, I was happy to do it anywhere. He was another one who did not like a cover so I just got used to not having one and having people stare. It is such a natural thing and you would think that people would be desensitised with the number of times you see them on TV, magazine covers etc - I suppose mine are not nearly as perfect as theirs though
10-03-2012 10:31 #30
I don't know how long the woman who inflicted her breast of a displeasing aesthetic on the poor check out person, but it got the impression from what was written that half a second would have been too long. Even if she had been using a cover, it would have been pretty hard to juggle groceries, paying, a baby and a feeding cover. But it just really made me sad that it all seemed to boil down to it being offensive because the breast wasn't *pretty* enough for her liking.
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