Breastfeeding Controversy: The Fight to Nourish in Public

March 25, 2011 at 1:00 am 16 comments

Even though 42 out of the 50 states protect women’s right to nourish their children in public, 57 percent of the public is reported to be uncomfortable with breastfeeding, and countless women continue to be asked to stop breastfeeding in public areas.  How are we supposed to expect breastfeeding rates to increase when people continue to make it difficult for women to make that decision, especially in public areas?

Various stories in the news from remarkable mothers trying to make a difference can set the example for anybody trying to change this negative stigma.  Some Texas mothers demonstrated resistance outside of a Texas mall where a security guard told her to cover herself up when she was breastfeeding.  These peaceful protests can also be referred to as “nurse-ins”.  Another example is a woman who organized a “feed-in” at a local mall in which more than 160 woman participated in.

Check out these and other inspirational stories, and become inspired yourself.  Help to generate support and reduce stigma for these women who choose to breastfeed their children.  They have a legal right to breastfeed in public and should not be subjected to criticism and mistreatment for exercising their legal right.


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  • 1. masarweh  |  March 29, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I honestly can’t understand why not all women breastfeed i think you signed up to give your child the BEST when you got pregnant….

  • 2. Joe`  |  March 30, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Interesting topic and insites:-)

  • 3. joeytn  |  March 31, 2011 at 12:14 am

    When vacationing in Argentina as a teenager, I was blown away that women would openly breast feed in public. It seemed awkward because back in the States, that was never done. Now I have seen more and more women breastfeed in public and it has become decreasingly awkward. I hope women can keep up on this and make it the norm in society because it is so important!

  • 4. alamb2  |  April 1, 2011 at 3:01 am

    I still don’t know how I feel about this issue in terms of modesty, but I agree that people are blowing this problem way out of proportion. Ladies should be able to provide nourishment for their children, but I think we can retain some decency in it! I’d feel weird if I saw that double breastfeeding lady sitting outside Macey’s, I’ll be honest. I support breastfeeding, but it’s not like I myself would want to be out in public with it all hanging out, and I don’t especially want to get an eyeful sitting across from someone on the bus or at a restaurant. So I don’t know, it’s a hard issue! It’s probably way too hopeful to say that everyone should just breast feed while trying to cover up as much as possible, but isn’t it weird that the female body is sexualized to the point that pornographic images are seen in ads and movies constantly, but the slight flash of a breast feeding an infant causes a huge community uproar? How that is more acceptable, I’ll never know..

  • 5. corywennerholm  |  April 4, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    breast is the best. i support this!

  • 6. Jenessa  |  April 4, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I think that people can breastfeed in public while still being discreet and sensitive to others feelings around them. I don’t think moms should let it be way out there in the open … but take a couple seconds to make yourself modest about it.

  • 7. lareelapierre  |  April 5, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I agree. This is something alot of people are unwelcoming to. I understand the feeling of being a little bit weirded out by it, but at the same time, these children need to be fed when they are hungry and they are not always conveniently only hungry when they (the mother and baby) are at home. If the baby needs to be fed, I’d rather the mother feed him/her than make their baby starve until it’s more convenient.

  • 8. amandawadmancooper  |  April 5, 2011 at 3:29 am

    Haha, I love the idea of the “fed-ins”. What great way to protest!!

  • 9. jlmitch13  |  April 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I agree with Jenessa. I think breastfeeding in public is ok, just don’t whip it out for the world to see. Make yourself modest. They have all of these covers that you can get (or make). Breast is the best for the baby, but not for everyone else who doesn’t need it.

  • 10. mish  |  May 8, 2011 at 2:49 am

    its all good to suggest ‘discreet’ breastfeeding, this however isn’t always enough to make people comfortable…I have received negative comments from people who have taken a couple of minutes to notice that I was feeding my child because I was so discreet….modesty is not the issue, negative and over sexualised attitudes towards the female body are the problem and these attitudes will never change if we continue to hide the true nature of our bodies

  • 11. klaus ristau  |  June 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    i can not answer that subject because my daughter breast feeds my grand kids.But since i;m on the subject.As U saw in the pictures the mexican have so many kids that u got two on at a time then U have three more waiting there turn .Looks like a dog and all the puppies.So now a dog has lets say 8 to 10 nipples and the litter is twelve then usualy the two puppies stanfd a pretty good chance of being mallnourished,so they get weak and then the other puppies take over more and the week or the strong survive.Part of evolution.But humans now have a different choice.The way as all you women know if you breast feed the child will be healthier and then u have breast milk pumps so the answer here is use your pump and get OH two quarts to take qwith U on the bus or as U had a bleacher.But if you are in issaquah and can not supple that service ask the food bank for a pump go home pump your tits.Then like i said ;go and use the milk from the pump.OK now if a women breast feeds the deal there is they will not get PG till the baby is able to take and use a spoon and feed the child.So after the child is starting to eat food U if U have sperm up your vigina and there now an egg droped down the f tubs to the uuterios its a race to get to the egg and the is conception.Now if yopu can not u.then the splittings starts to make your baby.Now let me review what i have said and see if i have left out some thing OK if you do not want to breast feed period then the doctor give you a shot so you tits do not fill up with milk OK is that easy to follow.So lets say the doctor does not give you the shot or you are out of range for a doc and u have to give birth outside of doctors area or want to have a natural delevery.So like my daughter has her children at home on the couch was the first second in there bed at home third on the couch then the forth child in bed no pain meds.So if you are with out breasts because of let say OH cancer.Then U still can get pregnat but then U can use formula or consolt with your healthcare provider and ask them what to and hot to feed your new beautiful baby.So if y have a large baby and there could be some taring so then U ask you doc for a weddind stitch.Why U may ask will if that what you hubby and U need go ahead and ask for two or there stiches let me proof this.OK here is some thing to think about and has been done and maybe still practised today Let say the person or women next door has a baby and U can not feed you baby because u do not have a food bank.Well the person next door will feed your baby.It is still practised as i said go ask OH lets who has a child here in Issaquah that i;m sure can agree with me lets see i will say the chief prosecuter in Issaquah her name starts with a L and ends with a M.She is no dummy and is going straight to the top of her indevers OK who am i sending this let me check./OK now we are talking in publis on a bench in utahThe benches need a little pledge or linseed oil.No slivers please.Ok thats enough for all U out there in computerland

    • 12. Rolando  |  June 15, 2012 at 6:25 pm


  • 13. Bells  |  October 16, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    my only understanding is that u compared a breastfeeding DOG to a breast feeding mother.. not cool. I breastfed for a few years, my child refused to take the bottle or anything else and she is my pride and joy, I chose to breastfeed and sometimes there is no room for discretion or blankets. U dont know when ur baby wants to feed, Breast is the best that u can for your child, formulas lead to obesity and babiews get sickly easily and more dollars out of your pocket, and for those people that can’t understand the concept of natural nourishment can keep there 2 cents out… and also I’ll whip out my breast when my baby needs it, wherever and whenever..

  • 14. wwy  |  November 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    i just think its rude when people say stuff like oh just go and do in the toilet i mean who likes to eat in the toilet thats horrid

    • 15. moo  |  November 7, 2011 at 7:16 pm

      i know

  • 16. yigyhg  |  November 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    i cant stand all these modest mums that try to cover up i just pop out a breast and let my baba feed its the best way


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