Not allowed to BF in the washroom!
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|Tue, 12-27-2011 - 12:51pm|
Whenever the taboo topic comes up online about nursing in public, someone invaribly posts - why don't you just go feed your baby in the bathroom!?
Umm... perhaps they would like to eat their dinner in a public bathroom? Ewww!
But that wasn't my point with this post. I was thinking about my early days, when I did resort once to the public bathroom, due to feeling nervous about BFing in public. I recall balancing on the toilet seat with my little baby, hoping that he would hurry, and no one would hear him slurping away! LOL
When I came out of the stall, I was immediately told off for hogging the stall, that there were people waiting and I had no right to take my baby in there to feed him, because it took so long.
Another suggestion is often posted - some public bathrooms offer nice places for women to nurse their baby.
More often than not, there is nothing provided. If there is something provided, it is often simply a chair situated next to the toilet - a huge improvement??
So I was in Sears one day, and wow, they had a nursing mom's lounge - placed outside of the main toilet area, with a comfortable couch. Unfortunately it was placed right near the door to the bathroom, but I was a very discreet nurser, you could never see any skin.
So women passed by me, nursing on the designated couch, averting their eyes. One woman forcibly grabbed her child, covered her child's eyes, and told me off for feeding my baby there!
Another favourite is to pump a bottle and use that when out in public. Whether or not it is easy to pump a bottle is besides the point, since if baby takes a botle, my breasts are still full of milk - and I would much rather BF my baby in public than pump in public - or a public washroom!
But - since the only reason that I should be expected to pump is because it offends others to see me BF - then FFIng moms should BF their baby in public - because I find it offensive to see them bottle feed. (OK, not really, just making a point!)
Do you know where I was able to BF my babies and not have people make comments and get upset?
Out in public - anywhere and everywhere. I never used a cover, I might find a quiet corner, I never showed any skin. But I nursed my boys in malls, restaurants and in stores. In trains, buses and subways. At trade shows, drop-in centers, and family entertainment centers. At wedding and funerals. At family gatherings and public gatherings. Even on the steps of Capital Hill.