Breastfeeding in public

Getting this out of the “shut up” thread.

“Go ahead, whip it out! It’s only natural!”
“Put those things away! We’re living in a civilization here!”
“Hey, I want some!”

Talk amongst yourselves :wink:

Shut up.

Contrary to popular belief, breastfeeding is what breasts are actually for (since they serve no real sexual function). Since we have no taboos against babies eating, the only reason it could be a problem is if someone sees breastfeeding as sexual.

It’s not sexual. If Jill wants to breastfeed in public, then she’s using her body the way it was designed, not as a sexual display. And if Jack sees is as sexual, that’s his problem.

Your Quadell

I agree with quadell. Breastfeeding is the most natural thing ever. If someone has a problem with it, well they can just go away!
And by the way…in Ontario women can be topless in public…so there really is no problem here

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I’ve seen my girlfriend breastfeeding. I love her and all, but I have to say that there is nothing even vaguely sexually stimulating about it. Go ahead, knock yourselves out.

“I guess it is possible for one person to make a difference, although most of the time they probably shouldn’t.”

Oh so that’s what all those breast fetishist magazines are about! I gotta get the annual breast issue of Gourmet when it comes out. But what I don’t understand is why some men insist on rubbing their penis up against the food.

Hooters seems to have the right marketing idea by putting large breasts on their billboards.

You people saying that breasts have no sexual function are obviously male. Here’s a tip, guys: the more you play with these things, the better we like it (assuming we like you, of course! :-)), and the more aroused we get.

And breastfeeding itself can be a, er, stimulating experience . . . at least from our perspective.


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The kid has to eat, what do you expect him to do?

I’m moving to Ontario! Woo Hoo!

ahh, very enlightened and all that, but sould you let loverock watch her???

o yeah!!! Ill watch her!!!womin can be ok to show there boobis andi’ll help if u want!!! if your sexy. My mom use to brestfeed my sister and me too

i like girls wiht relly big brest. DO you?

If you are talking about the O’s in the Hooters logo, those are NOT breasts, they are owl eyes. The name Hooters also applies to owls, and not anything else. Hooters said so when the government sued them for discrimination. Obviously, you cannot put a bra on owl eyes - which would suggest a great defense team slogan - “If the bra don’t fit, you must aquit”.

If you are talking about the women on the billboards, well, I’m sure they have something to do with owls, too. But you’d have to ask the Hooters legal department for clarification.

Oh, and topolino - get your mind out of the gutter.

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To me, the “it’s a natural function” argument is not very convincing. Ok, it’s a natural function. So’s defacating – do you do that in public? So’s coughing or sneezing – do you cover your mouth? For that matter, coitus is a natural function. Do we do that in public? (well, some of us do, see, Strangest place you ever did it thread)

Before you flame me as hideously unenlightened, please understand – I am generally not offended by women breastfeeding in public. It just doesn’t bother me (or arouse me either, Beavis).

However, I do recognize it does offend some people and runs counter to their nudity taboo. Being a considerate person, I try not to offend others when possible.

I am also aware that there exists a creature I’ll call “the militant public breastfeeder.” I have observed mothers whose philosophy seems to be, “By God, nursing a perfectly normal natural thing, so I’m entitled to do it whenever and whereever I want to. Therefore, I’ll do it in the most public place I can find.” Some people seem to choose their time and location for shock value.

I guess, all I’m saying is, why breastfeed in the middle of the American Legion’s meeting with American Society of Prudish Battleaxes when there’s a nice quiet room off to the side available?

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Let me clarify: defecation is a societal taboo. And for a good reason. So is coughing with your mouth uncovered. It spreads disease. Coitus is taboo because, well, this could be a whole other thread, but let’s just assume it’s for a good reason. The fact that these are “natural” is irrelevant; they’re still taboo, and that’s fine.

So why is breastfeeding taboo? It doesn’t spread disease or involve human waste. It’s taboo because of the inferred sexual connotations, which I believe are the result of ridiculously strong puritanism. It’s as if a man with a foot fetish tries to go around making people feel bad for being barefoot. If there was a societal taboo against barefootedness for that reason, I’d go around barefoot in the most public place I could find, just to say “I’m barefoot! It’s not sexual! Get over it!”

So you go, mama.

Your Quadell

I breastfed my son. I tried to be considerate – even of the imbeciles offended by public breastfeeding, but I DID do it in public when there was no option. If there was a nice private room available with a comfortable chair or sofa, I went there. Often there was not. Many public bathrooms don’t feature a “rest” area with a sofa – some do, but most don’t. Breastfeeding takes 20 minutes or so (with my son – some kids take longer) and 20 minutes is a long time to sit on a toilet. I always tried to be discreet – covered up with a blankie, you know, but once or twice he pulled the blankie off. Nobody could see much – the kids head was in the way – and I replaced the blankie ASAP. Oh well, the kids gotta eat, you know!


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Agreed, Quadell, that there’s no good reason for it to be taboo. (Incidentally, I think it’s a taboo that’s dying out.) However, we both agree that it is offensive to a certain segment of the population. All I’m saying is, why offend people if you don’t have to? If it’s necessary, fine. But you won’t convince me that its OK to be inconsiderate of other people’s feelings, even if those feelings are somewhat ill-derived.

President of the Vernon Dent fan club.

No, I’m referring to the large breasted women but I sure do believe them when they say “hooters” refers to owls. Yep, sure do!

Oh, yeah, the Large-Breasted Owl-Woman. I think I saw a piece of Animal Planet about them.

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I was merely pointing out that breasts are used to sell everything. If they were not highly sexualized, the porn industry would have no interest in showing them, advertisments wouldn’t use them, movies couldn’t lured people into the theater with the promise of full frontal nudity and on and on. Maybe they’re MEANT to provide food but I seriously doubt that their extremely common use in entertainment and advertising is meant to promote a feeling of hunger.

Do I support the use of breasts to sell a product? No. I just think it’s ridiculous to suggest that they’re merely food containers and people who see them in a sexualized light have themselves to blame. If you’re pummelled with a certain idea your whole life, it’s rather hard to break free of that idea and make a totally independent, objective judgment. For example, if one has been told all their life that being straight is the way to be-you see straight couples in ads, on TV, in movies, everywhere-is it going to be a piece of cake to suddenly completely accept a gay couple as being completely normal? No, it takes some value reevaluation. Some people can take a step back and look at the situation and their values onjectively and decide that gay couple are completely entitled to the same acceptance and respect that straight couples have. Other people won’t be able to do this because the media and everyone around them have condemned homosexuality for so long that they’re convinced that homosexuality is abnormal.

Another example…in the thread “Why are men attracted to bimbos?”, Sassy (I think) asks why men are attracted to scantily dressed women with breasts larger than their head. Someone answered that it’s because men like pretty women and there’s nothing wrong with that. Well, whose definition of “pretty”? In most cases magazines, TV, movies, ads, and friends tell both men and women what is pretty so it’s very easy to believe something is pretty if you’re told that it is.

So breasts are merely biological food containers. OK. How often to you see a TV show, ad, or movie depicting this assertion? Not very often. How often do you see breasts in a non-food context? A hell of alot. It takes a really strong person to rise above the messages they see every day and see breasts as just breasts and people as just people without placing any societal-promoted ideas of sex on them. Maybe you can do it. I think you’re in a minority.

I’m with frank6 on this

When we do something that makes others uncomortable, thats rude,period.
I breastfed both my kids, and if I absolutelyhad to do it in public, I covered myself in a modest fashion.It is not hard, and common courtesy is always in fashion :slight_smile:

xo kellibelli
“if nobody’s sick, and nobody’s dyin’, nothing else matters.”…my Mom

let me add too, that nursing my babies was one of the most beautiful, spiritual-even, experiences of my life, and I cherished every second, it was too special and personal to share with strangers even if they weren’t bothered by it…it is such a complete expression of love to feed one’s child with the milk your body creates…to look down at the adoring face of your baby…it is really hard to discribe.

kellibelli gave us:

To which a Mr L. Ock was kind enough to reply:

Actually, Kelli, I meant that women should feel free to do it, not that I was selling tickets to watch my girlfriend :wink:

As for Mr Ock, all I have to say is that I don’t think I’m sexy enough for you to watch my girlfriend. At least that’s what I think you said.

“I guess it is possible for one person to make a difference, although most of the time they probably shouldn’t.”