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Where Do You Stand on Breastfeeding in Public?

A New England mother was asked to cover up while feeding her child at a restaurant this week.

The topic of breastfeeding in public forged into the spotlight in New England this week, after a mother chose to breastfeed her child in a Hillsborough, N.H. restaurant.

Protesters gathered outside the Tooky Mills Pub in Hillsborough on Wednesday, after a local mother was asked to cover up while breastfeeding her 10-month-old child, exposing a breast in the restaurant's dining room, according to a report on WCVB.com.

The request to cover up, which was followed by customer complaints, resulted in a protest outside the restaurant Wednesday night. 

Those protestors spoke out in awareness and support of the mother, as well as in support of breastfeeding in public.

Where do you stand on this issue? Do you think mothers should be able to breastfeed their children in public with out debate? Do you agree with the decision by the staff at the New Hampshire restaurant?

Todd Arnold August 18, 2012 at 07:22 PM
so feed the baby discreetly as not to offend others....that seems to be a mantra here....
Kim.best@yahoo.com September 29, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I breast feed my son for 3 years. I think it's ok as long as you cover up. I had one of those cover things. Sometimes my (easy to embarrass) husband didn't like it but by then he realized, give the boy some milk so he'd stop crying. I was always discreet. sometimes i would go to a bathroom, a mothers room or just out to my car.
Jen January 08, 2013 at 06:43 PM
This is great that people are talking about breastfeeding. I feel that even negative publicity is good publicity. And breastfeeding needs as much publicity as it can, good or bad. Because then it gets people thinking. If more people see women nurse their babies in public, then it will become the norm, and not some shocking behavior to witness. I breastfed my children for over 2 years each. Once an infant gets big enough that you cannot do it discreetly anymore (they are moving their head around, too big to hide under a shirt, etc...), then the baby is usually eating solid foods, drinking from a sippy cup and does not need to nurse as often and as urgently. So, if one goes out to dinner with that baby a mom can just time her nursing sessions around it. This is such a non-issue. I think the only time someone ever even knew I was nursing my baby was at the airport, a woman was walking by me a couple of times to try to figure out what I was doing. She wanted to actually confirm I was indeed breastfeeding so she could give me dirty looks, classic. And hey, why can men walk around outside without their shirts on but if a woman is nursing a hungry infant, that's offensive and shocking?
Jen January 08, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Television makes breastfeeding a big joke as well. In an episode of Two and Half Men, a woman was breastfeeding her infant in a coffee shop with her tank top pulled down. Now who does that? Nobody does! In an episode of Nurse Jackie, an alcoholic woman was drinking vodka in the restroom and then went into the waiting area to nurse her infant. Nurse Jackie came to the rescue and told the woman to give the baby formula. That would never happen as alcohol dehydrates you so milk supply would be reduced..... and what falling down drunk would breastfeed their baby? Seriously. There is so much misinformation on television and even from medical professionals. In the last few thousand years of humanity, breastfeeding used to be what the poor and middle class did. The rich had wet nurses. When formula was introduced and Dr.'s encouraged women to purchase and feed infants formula, (getting kickbacks from the formula companies of course) it became the rich women's choice. Now, the tables seemed to have turned again as financially stable and educated women are nursing their infants while many others cannot due to lack of family support, education and/or they have to work.
Jen January 08, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Talking about offensive, why don't we discuss teenage girls walking around with "Juicy" stamped on their behind, or teenage boys with their pants falling off showing their underwear, or how about the morbidly obese people I have to look at on a daily basis? What about half naked women on television, or the half naked, half starved women in advertisements, the current risque dialog on television today. Let's not even begin to talk about the violence. Hey, I have an idea, maybe if people just got over it, the epidemic of a few generations of children having all these ridiculous allergies will cease. During infancy, our immune systems are developing for life and what you feed your baby can help shape it.

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