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Breast feeding (two questions)
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1. It is always acceptable, don't know why society labeled something as natural as giving nutrition to a baby as immoral, bad for the baby, or generally rude to the public, but it's not. Until there was formula it happened all the time, women had jobs just breastfeeding and women would sometimes share the responsibility.

2. About 3, but breast milk is still more nutritious and useful to the human body than other forms of animal milk.
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1. If people can have sex(secretly of course but still) in public places then a baby can drink it's milk publicly too~ It's a natural process and if every woman was breast feeding, no one would call it disgusting, it'd just be natural~

2. When they're bodies can go without it.
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Lauriet wrote:

I'm honestly surprised this hasn't been trolled yet.



Oh, but it has.
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Han_Solo wrote:

I have two questions about breastfeeding.

1. Do you think it's acceptable for a mother to breast feed her child in public?

2. When do you think a mother should stop breastfeeding the child? I ask because there are some kids out there who are older than 5 who still like to be breastfed.


Being a doctor, I can answer that in the "ideal" sense, and the "realistic" sense.


Ideally...

1. Yes. There is nothing to be ashamed of. Though there are some "stigmas" attached to it, more and more establishments are making it easier to cater to mothers who wish to breastfeed their children by offering "breast feeding stations" in public establishments.

2. For so long as the mother can provide breast milk, which is tantamount to the duration of breastfeeding allowed. It IS possible to breastfeed up to as far as 6 years, with the right determination. However, take note that breastfeeding, at this point, is supplemented by a solid diet. Weaning usually begins at 6 months and is complete by around 12 to 18 months, but breastfeeding can still be continued.


Now realistically...

1. It depends on the society you're a part of. Some people find it shameful or even unacceptable... especially when the child is much older. This is a matter of education on the part of those not privy to the fact that this is a NORMAL thing. Otherwise, breastfeeding in public needs to be supported by local government units or even private establishments for it to be integrated as a "public event". Otherwise, it's more of a question of where you live and what people believe in.

2. Most women stop breastfeeding at 2 years because of teething. Another reason is that milk formula companies also advocate a certain sense of "limitedness" in breastfeeding because they wish to keep their profits up. Whatever propaganda the milk companies throw out is the "general knowledge" of most people, so many people are lead to believe the breastfeeding should only go so far. However, there is no physiologic or biologic evidence that says that breast milk can't in fact be continued beyond the arbitrary 2-year mark. Still, old habits are hard to break, and people believe that there is no reason to continue breastfeeding based on a status quo understanding that has been propagated by milk companies.
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I wouldn't care if there's a woman breastfeeding in public, as long I ain't doing it.. I'm good -thumbs up-

And in my opinion the mama bear should stop breastfeeding when the kid's teeth kick in, ouchie I heard it hurts when they bite >_o
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omg guys grow up -__- breastfeeding is part of nature, there's nothing wrong about it.

however, i think you should stop at the age most other babies stop
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Posted 8/27/11

dirgelament wrote:

1. If the child is in dire need, yes.

2. When the child's digestive system can handle ordinary milk.



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As a guy, I really don't have a problem with public breastfeeding. If she is doing to solicit for sex, then no. After all, I am a guy.
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Who cares.
Like seriously, a woman coming into a food place,
and breast feeding isn't going to make me uncomfortable.
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edsamac wrote:


Han_Solo wrote:

I have two questions about breastfeeding.

1. Do you think it's acceptable for a mother to breast feed her child in public?

2. When do you think a mother should stop breastfeeding the child? I ask because there are some kids out there who are older than 5 who still like to be breastfed.


Being a doctor, I can answer that in the "ideal" sense, and the "realistic" sense.


Ideally...

1. Yes. There is nothing to be ashamed of. Though there are some "stigmas" attached to it, more and more establishments are making it easier to cater to mothers who wish to breastfeed their children by offering "breast feeding stations" in public establishments.

2. For so long as the mother can provide breast milk, which is tantamount to the duration of breastfeeding allowed. It IS possible to breastfeed up to as far as 6 years, with the right determination. However, take note that breastfeeding, at this point, is supplemented by a solid diet. Weaning usually begins at 6 months and is complete by around 12 to 18 months, but breastfeeding can still be continued.


Now realistically...

1. It depends on the society you're a part of. Some people find it shameful or even unacceptable... especially when the child is much older. This is a matter of education on the part of those not privy to the fact that this is a NORMAL thing. Otherwise, breastfeeding in public needs to be supported by local government units or even private establishments for it to be integrated as a "public event". Otherwise, it's more of a question of where you live and what people believe in.

2. Most women stop breastfeeding at 2 years because of teething. Another reason is that milk formula companies also advocate a certain sense of "limitedness" in breastfeeding because they wish to keep their profits up. Whatever propaganda the milk companies throw out is the "general knowledge" of most people, so many people are lead to believe the breastfeeding should only go so far. However, there is no physiologic or biologic evidence that says that breast milk can't in fact be continued beyond the arbitrary 2-year mark. Still, old habits are hard to break, and people believe that there is no reason to continue breastfeeding based on a status quo understanding that has been propagated by milk companies.


FINALLY!! someone making sense, just as expected from a comrade that studied medicine ;D well I'm still studying it xD anyways forum, GROW UP, all your comments aren't mature and doesn't even make sense! just accept it! everyone in a certain point was a baby who needed to be breast feed =3=
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nope not me i stayed on the formula
Posted 8/28/11
1. I don't care, especially not if the girls looks good >.>

2. Lactating is possible pretty much always, I learned this from my ex that girls can lactate as low as age 14, but the beast has to be sucked on consecutively for a few months every day to achieve so,

Human breast milk is as nutritious as it ever was, even for an adult, although that doesn't mean guys should start sucking their friends breasts constantly, but it didn't lose any value after these years,

And women should stop feeding children when....... whenever the hell they want too really.

I'm not a controlling little prick so people can do what they want.
Posted 8/28/11
I'd find it really interesting to see a lady breastfeeding her baby on the left and her husband on the right.
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Lol of course its ok, as long as your not in a restaurant or something. Its not something to be ashamed of, your just feeding your child.

On the other hand, starving your child because some immature lil idiots are like 'omg booooobs lmao wtf' ... thats not cool.
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Posted 8/28/11
breast feeding should primarily be done at home, but when that isnt possible or ethical, then public breastfeeding could be ok. but likely in a more secluded place. like the bathroom?

Also i think after a child is 2-3 years old it isnt good to continue breastfeeding them. Get them on nutritional formulas and baby food. I beleive its better for a child to associate Food with independence, I think its better for a childs psyche and most likely easier to manage by a parent.
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