Originally Posted by johnsmom
I'm just not sure that the toddler in this incidence was being 'fed'. I think she was being 'comforted'. And nursing is how this mother comforts her toddler.
I don't know if the question "would a bottlefed baby be allowed to eat in the pool?" is appropriate here. I think the question is "Would a non-nurisng toddler be allowed to be cuddled in the pool?"
This little girl wasn't looking for a snack in the pool, she just needed some attention from her mother in a way that is normal to her and should be normal to all of us. Nursing is a biologically normal way for a mother to offer comfort to her kids, not just food.
I agree with this. You can't compare breastfeeding to eating other foods. Nursing my toddler is part of the way I comfort and cuddle him. If I weren't allowed to comfort him in this way, he might easily freak out (a scary sight, let me tell you!
). On the other hand, DS1 was bottle fed, and he never needed a bottle for comfort after he was a year old. I could just hold him and cuddle him and he was fine.
Also, I believe that in the US, breastmilk is not classified as a bodily fluid. Is it the same in Canada?
I love how they're so concerned with getting breastmilk in the pool. Uh...are you going to screen every woman to see whether or not she's lactating before she gets in the pool? Because heaven forbid that breastmilk (a very clean substance) "contaminate" the pool that's full of pee and other traces of bodily fluids, some of which could be from people with various diseases...