Originally Posted by 3boobykins
I just have to step in here and say that it is NOT safe to ever stop on the shoulder of a highway, freeway or busy road--in an emergency if a child is choking, etc, might be the only exception, and then you should pull off as far as possible.
I totally agree, unless it's a rural road with barely any traffic, but as for busy streets and highways, definitely not advisable. A previous poster suggested that she had been on a trip before where there were no places to pull over (like rest stops) for a long portion of her trip, therefore nursing while someone else was driving was her only option. But I suggest that even if she didn't know the areas well, she could easily have gotten off at an exit, looked for a nearby restaurant, gas station or even a parking lot, and stopped for a few minutes or half an hour and nursed. If that exit proved to indeed be unsavory or unsafe in some way, then go to the next one, but I would assume that this would be an extremely rare occurrence.
Yes, some babies like to nurse for an hour and yes, two hours of nursing would certainly add a lot of time to a regularly 3 hour long trip, but then perhaps it isn't a good idea to go on a long road trip, or simply budget 5 hours into the trip and bring some good books to read or a portable movie player to entertain yourself and the other passengers.
Planning, yup, planning...
As for car seats on buses, no, it's not necessary. I can see that having a baby bucket with the handle up, might provide some extra protection to the baby, should the bus get in an accident, but otherwise, at least the bus is such a large vehicle that it would accept much of the force without transferring much of the collision onto the passengers, far less so than a car in the same accident.
I don't feel the same way about taxis. Parents may choose to accept the risk of the "what ifs" of riding in a taxi without car seats, but those babies and small children certainly didn't get an educated choice or say in the matter.
Yes, indeed, things are different around the world but it doesn't change the fact that it is far safer to have your child properly and safely strapped into a car seat or booster than not to.