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#739023 - 01/07/12 09:08 PM Responses to Opponents of Public Breastfeeding
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Responses to common objections to public breastfeeding, from the serious to the absurd. For those opposed as well as those having to deal with those opposed to nursing in public.

Responses to Opponents of Public Breastfeeding
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#739028 - 01/07/12 10:45 PM Re: Responses to Opponents of Public Breastfeeding [Re: Nicki - BF & EC Editor]
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Have any moms sued others, or businesses, for being harrassed in public. I think there should be a fine for ignorance.

It is not my first choice to feed in public, believe me I loved the quiet and comfort of home, but as a mom of three it became a necessity. Yes I had to bf at the little league ballpark etc. while shuffling older kids around. Feeding in a hot car is not an option. I didn't make a public display, was descreet as any mom who just cares about feeding her baby.

I was fortunate that no one ever said anything to me but am outraged at how many times I read a story about an uninformed security officer or business owner, etc. that hasn't got a clue about the laws. Probably less people are approached for walking around braless with nipples showing in inappropriate clothing than moms breastfeeding.

Let's be real. You really can't see anything but the back of a baby's head when a mom is breastfeeding. Why do people get so indignant about it?
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#739029 - 01/07/12 10:46 PM Re: Responses to Opponents of Public Breastfeeding [Re: Nicki - BF & EC Editor]
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Thank you for writing this article! I love it when people stand up for a woman's right to feed her baby wherever and however she feels is best for her baby. I always appreciate the women that I have seen breastfeeding in public because they gave me the confidence to feed my baby outside of the confines of my house as well. Sometimes people forget that most moms are not nursing in public to try to gain attention and make a statement, we are just trying to meet the needs of our hungry babies.
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#739033 - 01/08/12 12:19 AM Re: Responses to Opponents of Public Breastfeeding [Re: Nicki - BF & EC Editor]
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Thanks, ladies. Violet.. sadly while most states have laws protecting public breastfeeding and stating that it is not public indecency, very few (if any.. I have to check) states have ENFORCEMENT clauses which apply a fine or any other sort of punitive action for violating that right.

I don't think people actually care about seeing breasts. Let's face it, we see breasts all the time. They just don't like seeing breasts used for feeding babies. It makes them feel confused about how that relates to their image of breasts for sex. They talk about women covering up and try to make it about covering the breast. But what they really want is to cover the baby AT the breast. It's pretty absurd.

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#739034 - 01/08/12 12:20 AM Re: Responses to Opponents of Public Breastfeeding [Re: Nicki - BF & EC Editor]
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And Megan.. welcome to the AP site. I was excited to see an editor come on board. I'll be following your articles with interest. I've been an AP parent for 9 years and counting...

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#739036 - 01/08/12 12:41 AM Re: Responses to Opponents of Public Breastfeeding [Re: Nicki - BF & EC Editor]
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A great article Nikki, and how refreshing to see a balanced and reasoned viewpoint on breast feeding that addresses the facts as well as the opinions.

Having chosen to breastfeed both my sons, 101 years ago, am not convinced anyone would actually want to do so in an �exposed� place rather than somewhere comfortable, if there was an available alternative. However occasionally it just �has to be�, and then dealt with discreetly am not sure where the problem lies. Although deliberate provocation through �sit-ins� or whatever probably does not further the cause, even in the eyes of some breast feeding advocates.

There are acts, and ways of behaving, which are carried out openly and are probably far worse for those in close proximity to be exposed to, yet for whatever reason they do not cause quite such a polarization of opinion as something that is natural and normal��.and in many cases simply a necessity.

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#739760 - 01/10/12 06:41 PM Re: Responses to Opponents of Public Breastfeeding [Re: Nicki - BF & EC Editor]
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Thanks, Francine. I agree. I have mixed feelings about the "sit-ins" in terms of whether they further the cause in terms of changing minds, but I do like seeing breastfeeding mamas stand up for one another and basically say, this is legal and if you try to stop one of us because you don't want to see it, we are going to make you see it.

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