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Comments

Tessy

I just don't understand out society. What the hell is wrong with the US?

I, too, say fuckum and breastfeed where ever I damn well please. I'm generally discrete, but I DON'T worry about what others think and I guess I've been lucky in that I've never gotten the rude comment or dirty looks (that I've noticed anyway-maybe I'm oblivious cause I don't give a rat's ass.).

Casey

Thank you. I breastfeed in public when I need to, but it is so freaking hard. I'm always embarrassed at how awkward I am, and I know it's because I can't relax enough to let down and so Annie gets impatient and unlatches and yells and then I get more tense and on and on and on. Plus, if it's noisy, Annie won't focus and will unlatch and look around, which makes me even more self-conscious.

Thankfully, I have never received a negative comment. I think I would explode if that ever happened.

And on the picture: When I saw it, my first thought was "Baby!" I'm not sure what background one would have to have to see that and think, "Gozonga!"

afrindiemum

i swear to god i wasn't copying you. great photo. i only had the one of me pumping...

Bethany

I just posted about this an hour ago myself.

How come it's ok for women to bare as much of their breasts as possible for beauty and sexual attraction, but not for nursing?

I wish I had a picture of me nursing, I'd post it.

Manuela

LOVE this post. ADORE the photo.

One of the things I am MOST looking forward to if this pregnancy works out... is nursing. I can hardly wait... I have dreams about it. Such a miraculous and loving thing it seems to me...

Fortunately, here in Canada... public nursing does not seem to be NEARLY the big deal it is in the STates.

Tana

I have only been breastfeeding for 7 weeks but I figure as long as I am not 'flapping' it around and flashing the nips, people can kiss my butt.

I have not seen or heard any negative comments/looks directed towards me, but then I am usually so into watching the blissed out look on my sons face or talking to whomever I am with that I don't notice. :)

Emmie (Better Make It A Double)

Unbelievable. I'm lucky that I never had any comments or nasty looks when I nursed my boys in public, though I did have a co-worker who was all grossed out by the EBM in the work fridge. That's OK, I was all grossed out by her deep fried lunches. I'll try to post a tandem feeding picture if i can find it.

Beth

Just reading the blurbs from the cnn article made made shake with anger. I can't even start here. But I posted a pic. Wish I had something more "obscene" for you, but I just had to post what I had.

Gin

Obscene? Obscene is what a low rate of breastfeeding moms there are in the US, especially when there are so many that at least try it (70%). Why the drop off? Mostly because of latch problems and poor technique, but a huge part has to be the looks given that poor mom that doesn't have the fortitude to tell people to "shove it" like I do. Or simply ask them what fascinates them about the blanket over my shoulder. I'm discreet, but even in a corner with a blanket so as not to draw undue attention to myself, I get people pointing and staring. And the woman at their table is showing more boob than I am. Grrrrrrrrr!

Deirdre

I posted a picture.

I should probably look for a nursing-a-toddler (*cough*ormore*cough*) one but the decency police would definitely be after me then.

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