Originally Posted by CruiserMaiden
I disagree on the covering issue. Regardless of WHY your breast is out, if you are somewhere where a shirt is required by everyone else (because of the management for wherever you are, or even by public indecency laws) then all the parts of you that your shirt would normally be on need to be covered up in some way. If you need to remove your shirt in one of those places to feed your baby then you need to cover up in some other way. I agree 100% with your right to feed your baby wherever you want or he needs it, but that doesnâ€™t make you an exception to the rules everybody else has to follow.
precisely why I chose to use a lightweight recieving blanket to cover my breast when I was wearing clothing that I had to pull down and "pop my boob out". (when I was in a public place that is) When I wore actual nursing tops, I did not have to use a blankie because the shirt itself covered my boob.
In most restaurants I know of, you are supposed to wear a shirt. That includes both sexes. Why should a woman be able to completely bare her breast to feed her baby, when the showing of the breast is illegal is that environment? It does not hurt a baby to have a blankie, or have a shirt that covers the breast. The whole naked breast does not have to be exposed to nurse.
Keep in mind, I am STRONGLY pro-breastfeeding, but I also have respect for other people and know that some people are uncomfortable with it. That is their right. We've come a long way with breastfeeding, but there will always be people who are uncomfortable of that.... whether it be a nursing mama who is not comfortable with nursing in public, or another person seeing a mama nursing in public.
All I want is respect going both ways. Breastfeeding is the best for your baby, and everyone knows that. Derogatory comments, insults, glares, etc. towards a mama nursing her baby without "throwing her whole boob out for the world" are not right.
Nor is, nursing your baby, seeing someone who is obviously uncomfortable with it, and then antagonising them by not pulling your shirt down when you switch breasts, or some other form of antagonism.
Originally Posted by Rockcat
My only children are furry ones, so I have never breast-fed. I am wondering if the cloth that mothers use to cover up makes breast feeding more difficult. I'm imagining holding the baby's head with one hand and the baby's bottom with the other. Doesn't the cloth slip down?
Kudos to breast feeding moms, wherever you do it.
Nope.... for me anyways, I would cradle my baby in one arm, nestle her to my chest (prior to even starting to feed) and put a small thin blankie over my shoulder and onto my baby if I was wearing a shirt that made it nessecary.