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Moms Talk: Breastfeeding in Public

Nursing Moms: Do you feel comfortable breastfeeding in public? Everyone Else: How do you feel seeing someone breastfeed in public?

Breastfeeding is one of those things that happens regularly, but few people, other than maybe nursing moms, really want to talk about it and some people don’t want to see it.

The U.S. Surgeon General says breast milk is the best source of nutrition for babies.

So does the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dietetic Association and plenty of other public health groups.

In Pennsylvania, women have the legal right to breastfeed in public. But just because it's state law doesn't mean that all businesses uphold the law, as any nursing mother who has been asked to go to the bathroom knows.

Doylestown Borough Council, this week discussed drafting an ordinance that would make it

Is an ordinance like that necessary when it is already a state law? As a nursing mother do you feel comfortable nursing in public? As a non-nursing mother, do you feel comfortable when you see someone nursing in public?

Moms know, and I can say from my own personal experience, that it’s hard to have a small baby and leave your home to do anything since the baby needs to be fed every two to three hours and therefore, you end up outside your home with a hungry baby.

Anonymous July 31, 2012 at 03:45 AM
JDBroomall - the quote Mulderbudge used is DIRECTLY from the Freedon to Breastfeed Act. You are ot well versed in the law. See the following government link and note Section 3: General Rule... http://www.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_102857_14206_607962_43/http%3B/pubcontent.state.pa.us/publishedcontent/publish/cop_hhs/health/content/internet/health_services___resources/maternal___child_health/breastfeeding_awareness___support/bfh/bf_tabbed_template_test/legislation.html
Anonymous July 31, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Read this government link...... It specifically states Private Property.... http://www.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_102857_14206_607962_43/http%3B/pubcontent.state.pa.us/publishedcontent/publish/cop_hhs/health/content/internet/health_services___resources/maternal___child_health/breastfeeding_awareness___support/bfh/bf_tabbed_template_test/legislation.html
Nancy Kelly September 20, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I am saddened to see such a lack of support for breastfeeding moms and their babies on this comment thread. It's great to be well-versed in the law, but also know and understand how breastfeeding works before making bold comments about how to do so. My second baby refused bottles. What should I have done? How about on those cold winter days? Just imagine I am in a pizza shop or a mall on a cold winter day. My baby needs to eat. My toddler needs to eat. How do I handle that situation? Do I take my baby outside in the freezing cold winter so she can eat? Do I make my toddler stop because I have to go outside? I will tell you how I handled it... I nursed her right there wherever I was. I did not use a cover, but my entire body and breast were not exposed. If someone asked me to stop, I would not. Luckily, I have never been asked to stop. I have had a few odd glances from time to time, but no business owner ever asked me to stop nursing my baby in their establishment. Why? Because the law protects me? Well, I think it is far more complex than that. Intelligent business owners know they need to keep their customers happy. Look around a mall... who do you see there? Every third person has a stroller. I guarantee a savvy business person will think long and hard about speaking to a woman about covering up or leaving if their business is important to them. We are moving in a direction that is accepting of breastfeeding. Laws support nursing women. We are moving towards acceptance!
Tom Mills March 27, 2013 at 08:26 PM
The first woman I saw breastfeeding other than my mother was my friends mom and I was about 7 years old. She did it openly without a cover. Nobody had to explain anything to me as I knew that breast were for feeding babies. Another friend of my mom breastfed her baby very openly without cover when I was 12. She was the extreme of letting it all hang out. I was a boy going through puberty at the time and it wasn't a big deal. I think it's an overblown issue. To me if you don't like it go somewhere else. If we see a woman slap her child in public we look the other way and say nothing, but let her feed her child with a breast and all of sudden she's the most immoral woman on earth. Don't let us catch a glimpse of her nipple because that's just disgusting! Give me a break!
Richard Weisgrau March 27, 2013 at 09:17 PM
So well said. Bravo! My wife breastfed over 30 years ago. I can remember a confrontation with a couple who thought public breastfeeding was outrageous. I can recall saying: "You see breasts as erotic stimuli. My child sees them as a food source. I think my child has it right."

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