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Should women be allowed to breastfeed in public?
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Q: Should women be allowed to breastfeed in public?

Do you think it could invite unwanted attention, or that it's just a natural part of life that people should get over?
Some people think if a woman can show her breasts in public, then men and women should have the right to be able to walk around naked, urinate/defecate publicly, and have sex publicly. How natural is too natural, and why?
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I think it's perfectly fine. There's a difference between a mother caring for her child and people exposing themselves (either partially or fully) simply for their own whims.
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First of all, yes: breastfeeding in public absolutely could (and in fact, probably will) attract unwanted attention. It is, however, also a natural part of life that people should get over. Women's bare breasts only create as much of a problem as society allows them to. Walking around completely nude, having sex in public places, and certainly public urination/defecation, however, have substantial potential public health consequences (and so should be controlled).
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BlueOni wrote:

First of all, yes: breastfeeding in public absolutely could (and in fact, probably will) attract unwanted attention. It is, however, also a natural part of life that people should get over. Women's bare breasts only create as much of a problem as society allows them to. Walking around completely nude, having sex in public places, and certainly public urination/defecation, however, have substantial potential public health consequences (and so should be controlled).


I agree with this completely. It's not a big deal for women to feed their children if they'd like. However, I also feel like places should have a small "feeding room" outside of restrooms, so women who don't want to feed in public are comfortable to do so in a clean, quiet, private place. Not everyone has a car nearby they can just walk to.
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The problem with feeding in public is all the retarded pervs who will stare at the women. Very sad I know but some of us guys have very little self control unfortunately.
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descloud wrote:

The problem with feeding in public is all the retarded pervs who will stare at the women. Very sad I know but some of us guys have very little self control unfortunately.


Yeah, that's definitely the biggest downside. In my city not too long ago, some guy was arrested for grabbing multiple women's rears at a drug store. Like wtf? I feel like he'd be the same kind of person to try and take a picture of a lady going about her business feeding her baby.
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I don't mind. I went to the zoo and was leaving the restrooms in a quiet corner in the front of the zoo when the place was open for twenty minutes. I come out and a mother was breast feeding her child. What did I do? Eyes forward and mind my own business.
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I don't see why that would be a problem.
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As long as the mother does not advertise to the world, "HEY! I'm breastfeeding here!" by how she acts with it, it should be okay.
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It's perfectly normal, especially if the baby is cranky and hungry, it's even more mandatory.
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rosebudpony wrote:

I agree with this completely. It's not a big deal for women to feed their children if they'd like. However, I also feel like places should have a small "feeding room" outside of restrooms, so women who don't want to feed in public are comfortable to do so in a clean, quiet, private place. Not everyone has a car nearby they can just walk to.


I am inclined to think that if an establishment wishes to provide such rooms they certainly ought to, and I'd think them quite nice for doing so. However, I'm also inclined to think that a person who is embarrassed to breastfeed in public probably ought to consider carrying a bottle of pumped milk about for when they find themselves unable to get to a suitable location to breastfeed comfortably.
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BlueOni

I am inclined to think that if an establishment wishes to provide such rooms they certainly ought to, and I'd think them quite nice for doing so. However, I'm also inclined to think that a person who is embarrassed to breastfeed in public probably ought to consider carrying a bottle of pumped milk about for when they find themselves unable to get to a suitable location to breastfeed comfortably.


Yeah, it shouldn't be law for places to be required to have a feeding room, it's just more of a nice thing. I do think embarrassed mothers should be prepared of course. Pumping is kind of time-consuming, but they shouldn't complain if they feel like they have nowhere private to breastfeed.
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rosebudpony wrote:

Yeah, it shouldn't be law for places to be required to have a feeding room, it's just more of a nice thing. I do think embarrassed mothers should be prepared of course. Pumping is kind of time-consuming, but they shouldn't complain if they feel like they have nowhere private to breastfeed.


Then we are in full agreement.
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yes also did you know that seeing boobies make you happier? this is the exact reason they should allow breastfeeding in public
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