In her article, "The Great News About Breastfeeding: Americans Support Nursing Moms at Work, in Public," Dr. Gail Christopher outlines some wonderful reasons to be optimistic about breastfeeding in the US. Dr. Christopher states that a W.K. Kellogg Foundation study earlier this year found:
US Public Support of Breastfeeding is Rising
Man, I live in a bubble. I have never gotten any grief for breastfeeding in public, or at work. Granted with my first I worked at a cloth diaper store and now I work at home for Mothering, but just the same. Portland is a pretty nursing friendly place. Never been harassed.
I'm glad to see support growing though. I hope my kids will look back at my stories and be aghast that we were so weird around breastfeeding.
I love those rooms ...not actually breastfeeding in a bathroom but the higher end places which provide "family care" rooms. I don't really like breastfeeding out in the open and will generally only go to places like that while I'm breastfeeding... unless I'm outdoors somewhere.
Wanting more rooms for breastfeeding in private is not supportive! It's repressive!
When I began nursing, I was so uncomfortable bfing in public. I stressed about keeping it all covered up, and it was awkward and uncomfortable for me and my child. My kid wailed with hunger because I had to search out a private spot before I would feed. I went through the hassle and waste of time to pump so that I could just give a bottle in public.
Then I went to Mexico for a few months. When I bfed in public, I either got no attention or I got praise. By the time I got back to the US, I would bf anytime, anywhere, and not even cover up.
Supporting increased access to privacy for nursing mothers is NOT supporting bfing. Real public support is when you can bf on crowded public transportation and get no more attention than if you were giving a bottle.
We shouldn't have to, but I'd like to be able to :)
For me has nothing to do with it being shameful or hidden, I just don't like doing anything in public... I don't like to eat in public myself, sit on a bench in public, or even read a book in public... to me it totally takes away from my enjoyment of anything to have people clip-clopping by me.
I love it when the places I go to have those huge rooms with big comfy chairs that I can sit sideways in, prop my baby up on my leg and surf the web on my phone and not have to worry about people tripping over my shopping bags and dumping my purse out onto the floor (which has happened twice).
The family care rooms also feel cleaner to me, unlike "public" places to sit.