Ads fight for right to breastfeed in public

whennaturecalls Ads fight for right to breastfeed in public

Images of mums breastfeeding on public toilets have attracted outrage in the US – but not for the reasons you may think.

No, detractors aren’t shocked by the thought of breastfeeding in a germ-infested public toilet cubicle. Instead, they have accused the images of promoting “public nudity” and teenage pregnancy.

The images are the centrepiece of a mock pro-breastfeeding ad campaign designed by two US university students. University of North Texas graphic design students Kris Haro and Jonathan Wenske were asked to design a project pretending to work for genuine clients. They chose a campaign supporting proposed Texas bill HB1706, which is designed to protect breastfeeding mums from harassment.

They consulted with experts including La Leche League for their “When Nature Calls” campaign, which features three ads of young women breastfeeding their babies in toilet cubicles. Each image has a title – “Private Dining”, “Table for Two” or “Bon Apetit”.

The text under each image reads:  ”Would you eat here? By law, breastfeeding mothers are not protected from harassment and refusal of service in public, often forcing them to feed in secluded spaces such as public bathrooms. To help take a stand, visit whennurturecalls.com, because a baby should never be nurtured where nature calls.”

The campaign, which would include a website and app showing women where they could breastfeed, sparked a storm of criticism on blog Mama Bean Parenting’s Facebook page when they were published. One of the mums in the ad is twenty-one-year-old Monika Young, who responded to her critics on the Facebook page.

“I am the one pictured here and I have personally been harassed on numerous levels. I’ve heard more than just “go to the car” and “cover yourself”, I get more sexual comments than anything. So yeah, it’d be pretty great not to have any nasty comments made while I’m feeding my child, with or without a cover,” Ms Young says.

“Whether I was a too young or not, what does it matter what age I am? Teen moms breastfeed, too. I’m 21, so yeah I’m pretty young, and younger mothers are less likely to breastfeed. So hopefully it will encourage younger mothers to breastfeed, breastfeed in public and to not be ashamed to do any of it. (Plus I think my expression and the colours used in the ads depict how I feel about nursing in a bathroom, but that’s just my opinion).”

It’s a shame Texas even needs a law to stop breastfeeding mothers being harassed. Have you been on the receiving end of any nasty comments while breastfeeding? Or felt uncomfortable feeding your child in public? Tell us below.

(via PopSugar)

52 Comments

  1. I am at a loss as to why society hasn’t progressed enough to celebrate and accept Breastfeeding in public, covered or uncovered. I Breastfeed in public and I am fortunate to have not encountered any negativity. I try and be as discrete as possible but I will certainly never feed my baby in the toilet and watch out anyone who suggests that I should!

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  2. Once I was at a restaurant breastfeeding my son at the table and an older woman came up to me and said “You should really go out to your car and do that…there’s families in here.” At the time I had just started my breastfeeding journey and was a bit overwhelmed, so I left. Another incident that happened is I was at the mall breastfeeding in the woman’s lounge in Macy’s, right outside the bathroom and an employee asked me to please use a bathroom stall. I said that’s disgusting “would you eat your lunch in the bathroom?”

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  3. The only people who have dared to say anything to me are strangers online when we debate about this post. I think we should be able to feed our children anywhere, because an infant does not understand that our society is perverted and finds it nasty for them to be fed in public. Shame on our society! Instead of encouraging a woman to continue breastfeeding, they bash her for it! As if it wasn’t hard enough as it is! People need to reset their way of thinking and stop sexualizing a woman’s breasts, which were created for feeding their infants!

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  4. Becoming a new mum and hearing the stories of “the acceptable way to breastfeed” are so daunting. So when I was planning an OS trip to the USA with my mix fed 5month old I was particularly worried. I was studying anything I could on “is it acceptable?” “Where is it acceptable?” “Do they cover up?” I was terrified- especially with my inquisitive bub who often showed my chest to the world.
    We flew, we arrived, I fed uncovered in all different locations including the middle of a shopping mall and not one person even glanced my way. Is it just me or are there other people out there who had no one take notice of their breastfeeding sessions ever in Australia or Overseas?!?

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  5. I felt uncomfortable, the reason being the stares. I was always passionate around breastfeeding but never grew up around it.
    I hope one day my baby girl will grow up and breastfeed more comfortably then I did. Not saying she cant bottle feed, I support either decision.
    I dont think breastfeeding mums should feel uncomfortable. Its not our fault everybody sees it sexually as they so state in this blog.
    At least breastfeeding mothers gave it a try and didnt give up on get-go and make up some stupid excuse for not even at least trying it once – its not for everyone but give it a go for gods sake. We werent given breasts for sexually pleasing our breasts are for feeding our young.
    And sorry for being so blunt but – vaginas are for sexually pleasing NOT breasts.

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  6. I’ve never had anything remotely like harassment occur when breastfeeding but there was a story in the paper around 18months ago of a woman breastfeeding in an antiques store here in Newcastle NSW (she was legitimately shopping at the time, not just using their furniture lol) when the proprietor asked her to leave. She did, then got angry and mentioned it on Facebook. The following day a hundred odd women crowded in and started breastfeeding in the store at once in protest ☺️

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  7. Strangely enough in public places I was never harassed by strangwrs however when at a friends wedding reception, they said I should feed my daughter maybe in the toilet cubicle!! I gave up in disgust & took her to the car. Just weird how people behave.

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  8. I was breastfeeding in the USA over 20 years ago, and in Australia and the US 5 to 10 years ago. I have never had a problem breastfeeding at any time. Unless things have changed drastically in the past few years. People have always been more than gracious and accommodating towards me.

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  9. As a mother of two I’ve breastfed both my children til 1yo. I never had an issue feeding in cafés, on planes, in public spaces but as a common courtesy to all I ALWAYS covered up. It is a very natural thing sure, and yes, our breasts are built for feeding an infant but breasts are also a part of what attracts us to the opposite sex to reproduce in the first instance. For someone to say that people shouldn’t take a sexual tone in comments passed whilst observing a breast out to feed is simply idiotic. Sadly, these adverts hurt the fight in the right to feed publicly. Stop considering yourself more important than everyone else in the room and cover up please…not difficult ladies.

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  10. I am a 22 year old mother. I had my son April 9, 2014. While expecting, I mad the decision to fully breastfeed. I looked all the pros of breastfeeding. I have been in public a couple of times. While sometimes I may get positive comments from other moms such as, ” that’s good you’re breastfeeding.” And sometimes I get awkward states while breastfeeding and dining out to eat.

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  11. Unbelievable really, presumably these were in the back of doors in the woman’s toilets so it was women who were up in arms. Come on ladies practicing misogyny on ourselves is the worst kind of all.

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  12. I couldn’t care less where people want to breastfeed their children however I don’t want to see your breasts thankyou no matter how natural it is and yes I am a mother. I think people should be discreet and cover up a little.
    I think it’s completely rude to be in a furniture store and breastfeed on a product that’s for sale. I would never let my son sit eating his lunch their, nor would I sit and have a drink on it incase I spilt it so yes not surprised she got asked to leave. Everyone is equal so should all stick to the same rules lol wow some people are rude!

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  13. I live in NY…I have been harassed on public tranportation restaurants and even the park.. Am 25 I have 3 children and I’ve breast fed all my kids…I really think it needs to be a law in every state.. Its natural and theres nothing wrong with it…at all…

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  14. Its so strange that people think breastfeeding is a bad thing. Its the most natural thing a women can do.

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  15. I couldn’t disagree with you more “becs”! Its idiotic to think women should be free to feed their child free from sexual gestures and comments?! It’s one thing if you’re sitting around with your breasts hanging out for sexual attention and a complete other if you have a breast out with a child latched to it! I think anybody that sees anything sexual while observing a baby feed has serious mental and sexual issues and needs help! And anybody that thinks that is normal behavior and expects moms to change to accommodate that perversion is the idiot. Because they are the reason for the taboo on this totally natural act. And it’s not about considering yourself the most important person in the room. It’s considering your child the most important person in the room, which every mother should, and if they need to feed they will feed whether or not they have a cover on hand. And they should be able to do it guilt free and without ridicule!! And shame on anybody that thinks otherwise. Women openly breast-fed LOOONG before formula, breast pumps and bottles. It’s natural!!!!

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  16. I’m also a mother of two who breastfed and neither of my children would eat covered up. It was incredibly frustrating. I have been this woman, forced by judgmental looks to feed them in public bathrooms or even in my car. It’s ridiculous that other mothers who could feed covered up judge those who don’t. You don’t know everyone’s story. Consider yourself lucky that your children complied. I refuse to allow society to force me to pump and only bottle feed in public for their own comfort. When places like Victoria’s Secret aren’t around anymore than maybe I’ll consider feeling bad for exposing the top part of my breast in public.

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  17. I quit breastfeeding because of the comments! Whenever I did it people would stare at my breasts NOT my face, they’d look at my son in disgust saying “thats gross” “they make bathrooms for a reason” and “people like that should just stay home”. Then the gross and unsettling sexual comments like “can I have what hes having?” “Here let me help him with that” and “its a shame hes on them right now I could do so much more with them” and im 18!!! I wish I felt comfortable enough to breastfeed but I don’t so I stopped

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  18. I love these adverts! I have had to feed my bub in the toilet on more than one occasion, on part of my own insecurity and dirty looks that I have been given. I think if everyone had the ability to breastfeed in public without worrying about problems such as these then a lot of babies would be brought up alot healthier :)

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  19. 37 years ago, my wife was a founding member of Nursing Mothers. She was breatfeeding our child in a restaurant. The waiter came up and complained. I simply told him that he wouldn’t be able to walk soon. He left. No one else complained after that. So where are all the dads to protect their precious kids?

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  20. The only person I’ve ever had an issue with in terms of telling me to cover up because ‘nobody wants to see that’ is… my own mother.

    Yeah, I’m ashamed to admit that too.

    The breaking point was when we were at a fast food restaurant having a drink. My older son was playing on the playground. Mum got my baby’s blanket out of the pram, tossed it at me, and told me to put it over myself because there was a dad and his two children nearby (they weren’t paying the slightest attention to us, by the way). I tossed it right back at her and told her categorically no, I would not be doing that, and if it bothered her so much she could put the blanket over her own head.

    She hasn’t said a thing since.

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  21. I have 2 daughters and both breastfed for the first few months. I couldn’t care less what when I did it in public. Its my child, if she’s hungry I’m going to feed her. People just needs to except that breastfeeding is a ‘natural’ part of life and parenthood. I question how corrupt society can be these days. Breastfeeding are a no no but wet white t-shirts and booty shaking comps are ok?

    I don’t know how parent rooms are in the USA but in Australia (Gold Coast QLD, where I live) most are made into ‘clean’ comfortable large rooms with kids play ground, tv’s and seperate booths so you can have privacy.

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  22. During my first pregnancy my dad was the most embarrassed… I breastfed with no problem, everywhere, but he was under the misconception that breastfeeding moms “should stay home”. So when I started going out and about and breastfeeding everywhere he was appalled. He even suggested I’d leave the restaurant where we were having Easter lunch to go to the car (told him that his grandson was having lunch like everybody else there). I got some stares and comments from outsiders as well and made a point of respectfully address them. A child silenced the whole restaurant asking out loud “MOM WHAT IS THAT LADY DOING THERE?” (it was me)and I just told him “My baby is eating, just like you are”. Another favorite of mine was “Why stay home when I have the perfect package: my baby and a way to feed him safe, healthy, at the right temperature and ready in a second?”

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  23. I am a happily married young mother of one who (some may say in time “fortunately) looks a fair deal younger than my actual 20 years of age. I have breast fed my daughter since birth and the comments/stares I often get are rediculous! Its only peoples unrealistic conditioning of the female body that has caused them to react like this…breastfeeding has been around far longer than any of the head shaking grannies that comment as they pass by. I am truly thankful that my mum brought me up to not care about others silly opinions and keep powering on! I swear if I hear one more “thats what happens when you have a baby instead of finishing high school” remark I will go mental! Who is anyone to judge if you are doing a fantastic job of raising a healthy happy little human being regardless of what or how you nurish them.

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  24. Ime afraid that nowadays mothers who breast feed do not organize their lives to fit around their babies ,I always had a routine with my two they were fed at home and then taken out and always back for the next feed babies need routine and even 3hourly feeds are ok you go out do your shopping come home .i never had a car always walked ,no supermarkets just local shops home is far more relaxing for a baby and mother nowadays all you see are very tiny babies out and about while their mothers socialize just stick a dummy or a tit in their mouths and shut them up no wonder they grow up selfish and self centered ok I am old fashioned but we did think of our babies in the old days not going out for coffee etc,only to friends and neighbours then we would go into a bedroom to feed if necessary it is so much more relaxing for baby .

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  25. I breastfeed my hungry baby where ever I happen to be, as I did with my older child, and although I don’t cover up as my baby wouldn’t have it, I do try to be discrete. I have never had a negative comment, actually a lot of women smile or offer positive comments. I have received a few dirty looks, would they prefer me to let my baby scream? If anyone has a problem with it, no one is forcing them to look!
    And to sexualise the breasts of a breastfeeding mother is just pathetic.

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  26. That lady depicted exactly how I felt about bathroom feeding with my son and I remember several times even using a toilet cubical etc. Amazing powerful ads and I hope they hit home with the people who don’t have children and can’t relate.

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  27. Breastfeeding is a beautiful bonding experience between a mother and it’s child. I support public breastfeeding but there is absolutely no benefit to letting it all hang out there. It’s very easy to be discreet. A light fabric can be used, facing away from people is another option I use.
    The facts are society sees breasts as a sexual thing. Alot of Women wear outfits that accentuate their breasts because they know it gets attention.
    It’s the most natural thing in the world, some say. So is making a baby but you don’t see couples going for it in a restaurant because she is ovulating at that moment.
    Breastfeeding is between you and your baby, don’t make people feel uncomfortable just because you need to get on your high horse.

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  28. Such a shame that people will say that to breastfeeding mothers. I breastfeed in public and I was worried about what people would say but I think now who cares my baby is hungry and it’s natural to breastfeed. I wear two shirts so you don’t see my breast my breast feeding top and a loose shirt on the top. I’m not embarrassed or ashamed I do get some stares. My dad said to me if anyone says anything while your breast feeding tell them to $$$ off, that’s what breasts were designed for. my baby is a happy healthy 5 month old and we go out every day and I breast feed every 2-3 hours no matter were I am.

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  29. I don’t get it. We all have mothers and at some point or another most of us had to be fed by our mothers via breast. I bet if we asked your mom she would say you didn’t tell her ew mom put that away your in public. No you were hungry right then. If you weren’t breast fed well then maybe we know the problem. I personally did not breast feed my children for my own personal reasons.. However I do agree it is an amazing choice for most woman and it’s natural.. God gave us boobs that produce milk after childbirth for a reason come on people.

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  30. I fed all three of my children in public and don’t recall ever hearing anything other than positive comments. I actually made a point of it to never use a feeding cover because I personally find them to be a hassle, and I sometimes wonder if they reinforce the idea that feeding babies should be covered when I don’t think they need to be. Having said that, I think that if your baby is properly attached there’s not much to see anyway!

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  31. I’m a mother of one with one on the way and I will be breastfeeding with a cover. I sympathize with women who have had rude comments said toward them. That being said, if they pass a law that stops breastfeeding mothers from being harassed that won’t stop people from staring. How long are you really going to sit there in that restaurant or where ever while your child and you are being starred at? Eventually, you will either get up and go somewhere else which defeats the purpose or you’ll say something to that person and you never know who you might be talking to. And most of us know that alot of people in this world see it sexually and have a perverted sense of it, which makes it a big reason for me to use a cover. Safety for my child will always come first. So for the mothers that openly breastfeed I support you all, I just hope you understand also the dangers that come with it.

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  32. A reminder that while we welcome open discussion and disagreement in comments, comments that contain offensive or inappropriate language will be deleted. ~LK

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  33. Shavon, we’re in agreeance that breastfeeding in public spaces should be acceptable and allowed to happen. The breastfeeding part is the natural part, not covering up is the not so perhaps natural part – this is what seems to divide people. Showing a little courtesy in covering up, or timing feeds to the best of our ability if heading out seems to make it easier on mother and child first and foremost. Not everyone shares the same freedom in body confidence an exposed breastfeeding mother expresses – restrooms have doors and change rooms separate booths. Another very good point highlighted is boobs are boobs, they are sexual, I see a B/F boob and don’t think sexual thoughts but there are some who do disappointingly. I just don’t know why it’s so difficult to cover up should you have to feed in such a public space. And, Tom, my husband cherishes the fact he’s the only bloke who gets to see my boobs – my view (and I know I’m going to cop flak for this) is that I’d be upset at my wife first for inviting the unwanted attention and confrontation whilst nursing a child…you just never know when you’re going to come up against an unstable person is all. Whenever these contentious issues come up I always ask whether I’m going in to bat for what’s in the child’s best interests or mine…

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  34. The comment from Angie Cathcart “I am at a loss as to why society hasn’t progressed enough to celebrate and accept Breastfeeding in public.”

    The word Angie should be using is ‘regression’, because since the dawn of time it has been okay I do not know when it crept into a horrendous act but I would put it in around the time shoulder padded females lobbed on the scene.
    The vision of a woman nursing an infant epitomizes life,love,trust,the serenity it projects, man if I could remember the 60′s I’m sure that’s what it was like……….

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  35. I love breast feeding my son, my first, and at first I was worried about public feeding but I have never been discouraged by anyone. I asked a furniture store assistant where I could go and was politely directed to a comfy couch that was for sale.. Whilst it was slightly embarrassing when people were looking at the couch, I also had people sit next to me to try it and also tell me what a beautiful child I had :)
    There’s no way I would use a restroom and nor would I not feed him if I couldn’t cover up… If you wear appropriate clothing you can always be discreet

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  36. If someone is uncomfortable with seeing a women do only what is natural, breastfeeding her child that’s their problem. Breast were created for the soul purpose to be able to nurture a mothers child. I don’t know why society makes women feel ashamed to feed her child, it’s wrong. There have been countless times when I have had to walk away from dinner or lunch at a restaurant and go sit in the car or even a toilet to feed my child, even than because people know what you are doing still feel the need to make rude remarks or stare and make you feel uncomfortable. Breastfeeding mothers shouldn’t feel uncomfortable or ashamed, we should be proud and confident in the fact that we are giving our child the bull benifits of breast milk.

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  37. I think it’s ridiculous that a woman receives such comments when feeding a child. I breast feed my two children and was somewhat discreet when out but I never feed in a toilet that’s for sure and I’ve never had any comments, luckily!

    But I watch a man yesterday walk past a woman breast feeding and I was appauld at the way he stared at the mother. Clearly he was enjoying the view but it was just so inconsiderate.

    I struggle in my head to understand why it is acceptable behaviour for a man to wear no shirt and yet so taboo for a woman to breast feed and this is 2014…. Go figure.

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  38. I would rather a Mum feed her baby that it be hungry and crying in distress.
    That said, I have seen one Mum feeding with only part of her back covered. I felt she could have been a bit discreet

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  39. MieMie, people can be very judgemental. Some that have been brought up very strictly and morally probably think you are about 16 or 17 and a single mum relying on Govt. handouts even more since the baby bonus was introduced.
    Sadly I do know of a couple of girls who decided it is easy to get more money that way. It is a selfish attitude and it worries me whether or not the child will be cared for properly

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  40. Where do I begin. I do not see anything wrong with a mother brestfeeding in public. Would it be wise to keep yourselves covered when feeding well yes it would be but sometimes it doesn’t happen and so the mother does what she does for the benefit of her child. Sure men are visual but that is it they are visual and sure it’s wise to be sensitive to that as well. However to tell a mom to feed in a bathroom stall or in a car is ridiculous. Instead of being critical we should be simply more supportive.

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  41. The father of my daughter had sued me for custody of our daughter, and every time I am in family court (which is an all day event), I have to sit on the toilet to pump milk during the court breaks and then hand the bottle over to the childcare center so they can feed baby while I go back into court.

    For the past year, I have been directed to the toilet for all feedings or pumpings. Even some healthcare workers are also uncomfortable with nursing/pumping in public. I was sitting in the corner of the break room and the medical assistants and physician assistant wanted me to pump in the bathroom.

    Most people always say “why don’t you use formula” My current pediatrician currently promotes stopping breastfeeding once baby is 1 yrs old and switch over to cow’s milk (whole milk) or formula. There’s no encouragement to breastfeed at all after baby turns 6 months old.

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  42. I’m also a breastfeeding mother but I’m here in Korea I breastfeed my baby anytime she need it and I don’t care if we’re in public as long as I have something to cover myself so nobody can see while I’m feeding my baby. Coz I don’t think it’s right to breastfeed in a public toilets for our baby’s we know that a lot of people go there and also a lot of germs we can get there too. If there allowing people to kiss in public places why not the breastfeeding mother can feed their baby’s? They want mother to breastfeed if I was not mistaken even in the hospitals they don’t allow baby to drink milk in a bottle but there not allowing to do that in public maybe they need to consider that things.

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  43. I dealt with the worst criticisms from women, not men. We have breasts in order to feed babies, no other reason! America is the ONLY country that has a problem with breast feeding in public. I feel that the more people are exposed to breast feeding, the more used to it they will become.

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  44. Coming from Australia where we can breastfeed wherever we want and have access to baby rooms so we can feed more comfortably which is great for me because my baby could get quiet distracted and hated being covered and I believe in being relatively modest. When my family travelled to Hawaii for holidays when bub was 6mo I was amazed at the lack of facilities for feeding mums. I ended up having to feed in public which is fine but being in such a touristy spot most of the free chairs seemed to be right outside restaurants or busy spots and of course bub would pop off to look around and display my wares to the world. I couldn’t believe that a country such as the US could be so backwards in relation to mothers and babies.

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  45. In Australia we do have some great parents’ rooms for changing nappies but I almost never feed in them. Our right to feed wherever and whenever we want to without discrimination is protected by law. I always feed in public (baby 1 for 22mths, baby 2 currently 7mths) when I need to. Pumping is annoying and preparing bottles tiresome and my first wouldn’t accept a bottle anyway. Here in Sydney I have had zero negative comments. I can’t imagine feeding in a toilet stall and can’t understand why US and UK is unfriendly toward it. How is pg3 girl of 16 fine but not a 21yr old mum feeding her hungry baby. Surely it’s better than screaming babies in public!

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  46. Wow! What an interesting mix of comments!

    My first thought when I saw the campaign was that all the models were quite young, but given that it is an ad made by uni students, that explains it.

    We are about to go to the US (from Aust). Bub will be 13 months. And yes, he is still breast fed. Very deliberate decision not to fully wean him until we return. Breast feeding is such an easy way to soothe him, and I anticipate we will need a lot of soothing…

    I am an older mum. With a very supportive husband. Reading these comments, the 2 threads seem to be that the younger mothers are less assertive and are more prone to receiving negative comments. And I only saw that ONE father who supported his child and its mother.

    Really?!?!?!

    My husband has been 110% supportive and knowing that has made all the difference. Actually, I have never endured any negative comments about my breast-feeding, and we have ended up feeding in some very very public places! (Although I prefer quieter places, esp now that bub is older because he gets more distracted.)

    Maybe people have looked at us askance, but I have been focussed on my baby, not on my surroundings. We go into our own little bubble and it makes no difference at all to the rest of the world.

    Anyway, we are including Texas on our itinerary so we shall see how the public breast feeding goes…

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  47. Very interesting reading. Some clarification needed IMHO.
    Breast are sex organs AND for nursing a child. I don’t understand why some women say breasts are solely for nursing. It’s not true.
    Feeding must happen when baby is hungry. Demand fed babies don’t run like clockwork, so I can’t and couldn’t possibly time feeding to happen solely at home. That doesn’t make me selfish! It means while running a very very busy household, on occasion baby needs a feed in public.
    I’m a mother of five. Oldest is 19, youngest 7 months. I’ve been a young mum and am now an older mum.
    As my babies got older I found a cover was a terrible idea. They wouldn’t feed properly, got caught in it and found it hot and harder to breath under-even when I use a very light muslin cloth. So ditched the cover. If bub comes off my breast I cover my nipple with my hand for a second. I don’t get any comments or dirty looks because I just concentrate on my baby, and honestly wouldn’t know or realise if someone has a problem.
    I don’t feel a need to be brazen about public feeding, but not completely covert either. Balanced is a good word, and matter of fact.
    Whilst I know my rights, I understand there are people out there with issues (some not their fault..) that may be offended at the sight of my boob in public. However, my babies needs come first, so I will continue to do what’s best for my baby and very gently teach people to mind their own business.
    As I said to my mum, if they find what they looking at offensive…stop looking.

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  48. I wonder what reply he would have given if challenged. Maybe he was also worried baby may vomit over his furniture.

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  49. This is another of those things taken too far. Most mothers will find that people are quite happy and accommodating to a breastfeeding mother, but there are proper and improper ways of doing this. I’ve breastfed both my children publicly, but I didn’t pull my boob out for all to see, I lifted my top and the baby covers all of the skin – where this wasn’t possible I just draped a muslin cloth over my shoulder – hardly a big effort! I think a bit of consideration goes a long way – keep your boobs for your hubbie and your child, they don’t need to be on show for all to see just to breastfeed your baby.

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  50. I have 3 children, breastfed all of them. Never had a problem until going on vacation we passed through a small town and stopped to eat. I was covered and nursing when our waitress asked if 8 would feel more comfortable going across the restaurant and child in a bathroom. I said no that I was fine being with all my family. When I switched my child to the other side (still staying covered) she came back and asked again. Saying they would put a chair in the bathroom for me if I wanted. And again I said no. If you stand your ground then maybe for the next mom they won’t ask.

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  51. I dont want to see anyone flop out their boob and feed a baby, let alone in a restuarant.

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  52. Nice Kel, I’m pretty sure most women are reasonably discreet when feeding their babies, after all women generally don’t want to flash their flesh in public. ~LK

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