As a nurse - specializing in pediatrics and having spent a year in the NICU - I know all the arguments about "breast being best." Personally, though, I find breast feeding repulsive. While I accept that people will breast feed in public, I still don't care for it - I don't like to witness it. I also, as someone else said, don't care to engage another person in conversation while they are breast feeding their child. I know this about myself, so when I have a family who is interested in breast feeding or already committed to it, I will order the pumps for them (if baby is intubated or NPO, etc), get their breast feeding trays (we provide meal trays for breast feeding mothers), and show them how to work the pump. I do all of the things I'm required to do to support our patients' families. If they want information, however, I am honest and tell people I'm not the best person to ask. Then I'll go get one of our pro-breast feeding nurses to speak to the mother. Generally, these nurses are more than happy to share their knowledge, expertise, and experiences with families who are trying to decide which direction to go in. Or I'll call in our lactation consultants. As far as my co-workers go, many of them are breast feeders, and I cover their patients during their many, many pumping breaks. I do this a) because I have to; b) because I want the same consideration when I want to take a break; and c) because it's part of being a team player at work. I also endure them putting their breast milk in our staff fridge, right next to my lunch, even though it grosses me out to no end. My point, I guess, is that even though I carry out all the things I'm required to do and put up with in regards to breast feeding, I still find it distasteful. I'm careful not to push my anti-breast feeding opinions on others, and I would appreciate the same from others. Being turned off - so to speak - by breast feeding, despite knowing all the benefits, is my personal opinion about it and I have as much right to my opinion as any pro-breast feeding person has to theirs. My opinion about it doesn't make me less of a nurse or any worse a human being, especially since I go to great pains to ensure that I don't inflict my opinion on others. It would be nice if some of the more ardently pro-breast feeding individuals would take the same approach, as most I have encountered are so vehement about breast feeding that they take any opposition as a personal challenge and feel compelled to try to convince me and prove me wrong.