I haven't read ALL of the responses on here, but it seems like everyone echos what I myself was thinking, and what I would think you should EXPECT to hear on a natural mothering forum. Also, I don't necessarily think that anyone on here means to be hostile. I think they are trying to help you understand, because you obviously do not..
As a breastfeeding mother I can tell you that, sure, it *sounds* easy to just breastfeed somewhere else, or pack a bottle around. But from experience it's not. You have to pump, you have to store and carry milk with you. You have to go through a hassle to prepare the bottle when your hungry baby is waiting. And you have to throw out wasted milk, which is discouraging. And I actually HAVE hidden myself in a dressing room as a young mother to feed my baby, and felt more awkward than ever. It felt degrading and shaming, when I shouldn't be ashamed to feed my hungry baby. It not about boobs! It's about just feeding your baby. What is easy is having it right there at the breast. Ready to go, just the way your baby likes it. Or how about you turning your head or just reading a book for the 10-20 minutes it took her to feed her baby. How's that for easy?
Yes I probably would not have fed my baby in a classroom full of students watching, because I would be uncomfortable with thinking everyone was judging me. AS you all were judging her. SEEING another woman breastfeeding doesn't make me uncomfortable, it makes me feel relieved that I am not the only one out there. I think it's encouraging and wonderful, and I applaud that they are more brave than I am. Before becoming a mother I may have felt uncomfortable as you do, but I think I still would have said "good for her for not caring what I or anyone else think, and doing what's best for her child."
I am kind of wondering. Not that it's really relevant. But how much breast was she actually showing? Because even without a cover or cloth I can nurse so discretely that no one knows I am even doing it, and NO breast is shown. So if that's the case here, then the issue you and your classmates have isn't even indecent exposure. It's just you being uncomfortable with the idea of breastfeeding. And that's totally unfair to mothers everywhere.
As others have said; in the end, the law supports her, so if you are uncomfortable you need to get over it. Or maybe politely mention it to her, instead of going behind her back to the dean.
Oh and p.s. I am a very conservative, modest Christian. I don't even wear tank tops in public. But I have sense enough to know that breastfeeding does NOT count as immodesty. And I think it's perfectly appropriate and good to expose everyone of all ages and genders and "cultures" to breastfeeding. It would make the world a better place. And that's not exaggerating one bit.
Last edited by Tiffa; 07-22-2014 at 05:18 PM.