Breastfeeding In Public

Written By: Felecia Causey
Photography: Felecia Causey

Many people are very offended at the sight of a mother breastfeeding her baby in public. The top reasons after reading and researching is people found it inappropriate and they felt seeing it would make them uncomfortable.

After many years on the controversy of breastfeeding in public, there are still many negative reactions.

It has become such a big deal that it has caused many women nursing their babies to be kicked out public places all over the world.  The many viral social media rants from moms of being mistreated, is a constant reminder of how many people and businesses don't agree on public breastfeeding.

Women must be brave to breastfeed her baby outside of her comfort zone. She can be self conscious, but take pride in choosing her baby's need before the negativity she will face on this nursing journey.
Many moms are not trying to make anyone feel uncomfortable but want to feed their baby in peace and be respected. Women choose not to use covers or blankets because most babies don't like it and sweat.

The ladies featured on this blog, shares their opinion on breastfeeding, and advice feeding their babies in public.

Jazz and her Daughter

We live in a world where the most unusual of things have become the norm and something as natural as feeding your baby and the bond that comes along with that time of feeding is shamed and it shouldn't be. Women should never have to be apologetic about nursing their baby. The baby has to eat and I for one will feed on demand and not be sorry if it makes anyone uncomfortable.

Jackie and daughter

I haven't had any negative experiences breastfeeding in public, but I was reluctant to do it at first because I was afraid that someone would say something. I would have to work the courage up to do it and would nervously peek around to see if anyone was watching. My advice to new moms would be just to forget about everybody else around you and focus on your baby. You are doing something natural and beautiful, and it's not your problem if someone doesn't share this view. You're doing what is best for your baby, and that's all that matters.

Alicia and son

After having three children that were formula fed, I decided to breastfeed my 4th baby.  Why did I not breastfeed the others?  Mostly, because of all of the negative comments associated with breastfeeding and especially breastfeeding in public.  My mother was not a supporter of breastfeeding.  She would always say, “you are not going anywhere with me popping your titty out.”  Well, with my now 4 month old, I decided to make the decision to breastfeed no matter what negative comments were said.  My mom started wanting to say something, but I stopped her and told her I was doing it for my baby and my mind was made up.  She has since adjusted and has not expressed any negative feelings and we have been out several times together when I had to feed the baby.  My words of encouragement for those who want to breastfeed in public are to be comfortable in what you do.  You are doing this for your baby and not anyone else, block out the negativity associated with breastfeeding and find ways to make it positive.

Fareedah and son 
Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing. It's a natural way to bond with your child.  I recommend breastfeeding to any mother because it's healthy. It helps build the immune system. My son has been sick twice since he has been born. I have never had an issue with breastfeeding in public. If my son wants milk he pulls it out and drinks.

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