Public Breastfeeding - page 16

In a discussion I had with my brother in law today (who is a future nurse!), I learned he is uncomfortable with public breastfeeding unless there is a blanket involved. I know some folks wouldn't... Read More

  1. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Neither do i.

    I wish people had the same attitude about public displays of nude tackiness that some do being against public BF.
  2. by   Q.
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Ok, about the "nurse-in". BF in public is one thing, but i REALLY have a problem when someone is BF as a demonstration (refering to the ABC newslink) and not out of nutrition for their child
    :yeahthat:

    As far as urination having anything to do with BF, that has to do with the defense that BF is "natural" therefore it should be allowed in public.
    Being "natural" imo isn't a good defense in and of itself because there are alot of things that are "natural" dosen't mean it is acceptable. Sex is natural, however not acceptable in public; nudity is natural however not acceptable in public. I think that is the point. Defend BF because it's a method to feed a baby - not that it's "natural."
  3. by   Q.
    Quote from jnette
    Ditto.
    We're SO open about sex, etc., flaunting everything everywhere , but when it comes to basic, natural b'feeding, all of a sudden, this is soooooooo "discomforting"...

    I just don't get it. :stone
    But this is assuming that the SAME people who don't have a problem with scantily clad women are the same people who are uncomfortable with BF openly in public.

    For all we know, the SAME people who abhor the Hooters girls also abhor public breastfeeding.
  4. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from Q.
    :yeahthat:

    As far as urination having anything to do with BF, that has to do with the defense that BF is "natural" therefore it should be allowed in public.
    Being "natural" imo isn't a good defense in and of itself because there are alot of things that are "natural" dosen't mean it is acceptable. Sex is natural, however not acceptable in public; nudity is natural however not acceptable in public. I think that is the point. Defend BF because it's a method to feed a baby - not that it's "natural."
    Public urination is actually illegal, so it should not be and is not "acceptable". It is unhygenic, and there are "accepted" places to do it, which are called restrooms. As far as that goes, men urinate in front of one another all the time in said restrooms.
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    For all we know, the SAME people who abhor the Hooters girls also abhor public breastfeeding.
    Mmm, no, to me, there's definitely a difference.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from mercyteapot
    Public urination is actually illegal, so it should not be and is not "acceptable". It is unhygenic, and there are "accepted" places to do it, which are called restrooms. As far as that goes, men urinate in front of one another all the time in said restrooms.
    That's why the urination arguement doesn't wash (so to speak) with me.
  7. by   nursemike
    Haven't had time to follow this entire thread, but here's my $.02, anyway...

    I fully support breastfeeding anywhere. Yes, it's a little awkward when you first see someone. For me, at least, if the same woman were running around topless, pretty much anywhere but church, I'd happily gawk. I'm not obsessed with breasts, but in many instances they are quite pretty, and more interesting than, say, ankles. But I don't feel comfortable leering at a woman breastfeeding, so I'm never quite sure whether to look away or what. I'm not saying it freaks me out. It's a momentary thing, I get over it quickly, maybe say hello and go on about my business. I do admire the gracefullness of a woman who breastfeeds discretely--it seems more genteel--but I don't believe it's strictly necessary. Again, except maybe in church, I'm not offended by a woman exposing her breasts, even if she's childless (and I rarely go to church).
    That said, a few years ago, when my job included emptying wastebaskets in patient rooms, I was floated to the peds floor one night. A couple of times, I came to rooms with signs posted saying: Please knock--mother may be breastfeeding. So I knocked, and was told to come in (always did knock before entering a pt room, anyway.) I went in, got the trash, and the mother was indeed breastfeeding. So I thought it was nice to put the signs up so I wouldn't be startled.
    Haven't actually encountered a breastfeeding mom since becoming a nurse. Seems like if I did, the appropriate response might be to correct any errors in technique I might notice. Then again, maternity wasn't my strongest suit, so I'd probably just say hello and go about my business, unless I noticed something grossly wrong.
  8. by   Q.
    Quote from mercyteapot
    Public urination is actually illegal, so it should not be and is not "acceptable". It is unhygenic, and there are "accepted" places to do it, which are called restrooms. As far as that goes, men urinate in front of one another all the time in said restrooms.
    Okay, but public urination is illegal BECAUSE it's unacceptable. And why is it unhygenic? Because its a body fluid? Isn't that what breast milk is, a body fluid? We certainly treat it as such in the hospital.

    All I'm saying is that "because BFing is natural" isn't a good defense argument. Because something is natural obviously isn't reason enough to accept certain things in public, as evidenced by our society finding public urination, sex, nudity, etc. unacceptable.
  9. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from Q.
    Okay, but public urination is illegal BECAUSE it's unacceptable. And why is it unhygenic? Because its a body fluid? Isn't that what breast milk is, a body fluid? We certainly treat it as such in the hospital.

    All I'm saying is that "because BFing is natural" isn't a good defense argument. Because something is natural obviously isn't reason enough to accept certain things in public, as evidenced by our society finding public urination, sex, nudity, etc. unacceptable.
    You're a nurse and you need me to explain to you why urine needs to be flushed away by a plumbing system and not deposited in stairwells, elevators, subway cars, etc? It's unhygenic because it is a human waste product, not to mention that the stench of it can make you gag. I'm beginning to wonder if you're entirely serious with these remarks.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I still stand by my "don't look if it offends" you stance. Time to get over it.
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Okay, but public urination is illegal BECAUSE it's unacceptable. And why is it unhygenic? Because its a body fluid? Isn't that what breast milk is, a body fluid? We certainly treat it as such in the hospital.
    Because urine is a waste product. Breastmilk is not.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    But people do get confused as breastmilk IS a potentially hazardous body fluid.
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Right, like all bodily fluids.

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