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Public breastfeeding

(191 Posts)
Nanban Wed 04-Jul-12 18:42:53

A furore today with a crowd of breastfeeders occupying a cafe who had asked a breastfeeding mother to move to a more discreet table! The manager had to apologise and grovel to a bunch of frankly over-endowed breastfeeders. Yuk. Has the world gone totally mad - what girl/woman would walk down the street with her bosoms all-a-hanging; what man, flashing his privates wouldn't be arrested for indecency.

Frankly, if I am out and about, I do not want to be part of an act that should be private and quiet and personal! If I want to see bosoms I can open a porn magazine, or page 3 of a newspaper - I do not want them at lunch.

Anagram Sat 07-Jul-12 17:53:52

Well, we can't say we haven't been warned! confused

Anagram Sat 07-Jul-12 17:54:33

(I'll carry on doing it, though)

harrigran Sat 07-Jul-12 17:56:53

More likely to cause ascending urinary infection from backflow up the ureters.

Anagram Sat 07-Jul-12 17:59:04

Who knew we were storing up all this trouble for ourselves? shock

Mishap Sat 07-Jul-12 18:19:45

Heavens - I had better go and pee right now!!! Cornet at the ready! - I am always ready to blow my own trumpet!

jeni Sat 07-Jul-12 18:23:41


johanna Sat 07-Jul-12 18:28:13

mishap grin

maxgran Wed 11-Jul-12 12:27:11

When I had my son in the late 70s,.. my mother in law and the rest of the in laws would not come to visit us because I was breastfeeding. Apparently on their first visit when I came home from hospital, I breastfed in the lounge,..when I should have gone to my bedroom !!!

I breastfed very very discreetly,. I was quite shy about my body back then and would have never exposed a breast to anyone, so I was disgusted with their attitude. I made it clear to my husband that if they visited I would not be going to hide in another room

People who think breatsfeeding is to always be done in 'private' need to get over themselves. They don't have to look or stare at someone breastfeeding any more than they should stare at someone just sat nearby drinking coffee !

absentgrana Wed 11-Jul-12 12:54:51

Marilyn Monroe had a horror of being overheard when peeing. When Arthur Miller took her her "home" to meet his mother before they were married, she had to go to the bathroom. She turned on all the taps to drown out the sound of her peeing. When Arthur Miller later asked his mother what she thought of his fiancée, she replied "She's a lovely girl, but she pees like a horse".

Greatnan Wed 11-Jul-12 13:09:38

Oh, no, absent - that is what I used to do!

Anagram Wed 11-Jul-12 13:15:48

I would put a wad of toilet paper in first, to muffle the sound!

Bags Wed 11-Jul-12 14:17:10

Rowan Pelling in today's Telegraph says this:

"Happily for lactation militants, a new tactic is at hand. Oxford researchers have found that women who breast-feed are slimmer – I repeat, “slimmer” – for the rest of their lives than those who don’t. There’s also some stuff about the practice reducing heart disease, diabetes and cancer, but let’s not worry about that. Tell every new mum she’ll have a figure like Kate Moss if she uses her chest as nature intended, and breast-feeding rates will soar."

Rude Pub Landlords Yes, it really does follow some blether about rude publicans!

jeni Wed 11-Jul-12 14:27:40

Ike the landlord of our local!

petallus Wed 11-Jul-12 19:46:53

I was in a John Lewis cafe today and a young woman opposite with a baby began breast feeding. It was okay, she was very discreet about it. I think in the past I have been irritated by righteous earth mother types who seem to flaunt their breast-feeding habits as a sign of moral superiority.

harrigran Wed 11-Jul-12 22:39:05

Bags my mother breastfed three of us for ten months, she was overweight all her life and died of heart disease, sadly it didn't do her much good.