Public breastfeeding - We need new arguments!

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Public breastfeeding - We need new arguments!
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Sat, 11-19-2011 - 1:18pm

Anyone able to come up with a new argument - one we haven't heard 100 times before?

Extreme Debate Makeover: Public breastfeeding edition

All we get are the same old arguments: Not in public! She should have pumped! She should have gone to the bathroom! Why did she have her kid there in the first place? Boobies are disruptive! Et cetera, ad infinitum. Come on, people! Where’s your spark? Where’s your creativity? Argue it like you mean it!

Read more: http://www.feministe.us/blog/archives/2011/11/17/extreme-debate-makeover-public-breastfeeding-edition/

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Tue, 11-22-2011 - 6:51am

You know, people will get the wrong idea about babies, if mothers who are out with their babies are able to quickly respond and breastfeed. They may beging to think that some babies are good and not always wailing and crying while they are waiting hungrily for a harrassed mother to be getting a bottle ready.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Sun, 11-20-2011 - 6:48pm

Babies who are breastfeed in public will learn that they can be fed immediately and won't learn the valuable lesson of patience as they wait for mom to pull out a bottle and mix it up. So babies breastfed in public will grow up to be spoilt brats who expect everything to be ready immediately.

Moms who breastfeed in public usually need to sit down, which means they will stop shopping. In this down economy, stores need people to keep shopping, keep spending - whole shopping malls might close down due to women stopping to breastfeed!

Plus - if babies only eat natural, "home-made" food, they will never aquire a taste for processed food and then all the manufacturers in the food industry will be at risk!

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Sun, 11-20-2011 - 6:31pm

Yeah! And if infants get to eat any time any where for free adults will start thinking that it is a "human right" and demand free food 24-7! Who knows the mayhem that will cause. Better not let the infants eat anytime anywhere for free.:smileywink:

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Sun, 11-20-2011 - 4:51pm

Oh wait, if we let breastfed babies eat in restaurants, and parks, and shopping centres, adults will begin to think that they can go to a restaurant for a meal, or to the park for a picnic. Or, heaven forbid, even buy and eat food in shopping centres. We will have people eating in lots of places. This sort of behaviour really is personal and should only be done in a private place like at home. People will actually be able to leave there homes for more than a few hours at a time, if they don't have to go home to eat. This could lead to all sorts of trouble. Some people might even bring their lunch to work!

Teresa

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Sun, 11-20-2011 - 4:02pm

Not to mention the other flow-on effects. It will cut down on the number of visits to doctors and paediatricians, as not as many babies will get sick. This will cut their profits. It will cut down on the number of children who had ear infections and need speech therapy afterwards. This will cut the profit of speech therapists. Not to mention all of the other health issues that will be reduced.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Sun, 11-20-2011 - 9:39am

Every time a woman breastfeeds successfully in public, she encourages other women that they could do it too. Now not only do we have women breastfeeding everywhere, but formula companies are being deprived of their profits.

With the cost of formula ranging from $572.00 - $1404.00 a year PER baby, this is a huge potential loss. The more women breastfeed, the less profits the formula companies are making. Think of their workers - and their families!

They will have to lay off workers, cut back on promotional freebies, do a lot more advertising, maybe even send people out into the shopping malls, amusement parks and even into our homes - to point fingers and complain loudly about the horrible women who are breastfeeding in public, unconcerned about the poor formula companies' profits!

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Sat, 11-19-2011 - 5:07pm

These were good:

Eating noises are disgusting, and baby eating noises especially so. It’s noise pollution at its worst.

Most women take up a chair while breastfeeding. There could be DISABLED PEOPLE that need that chair!

And so was this one from the OP:

- When a woman chooses to breastfeed in public instead of buying food for her baby, she’s really stealing from the local economy.

Can I come up with one? I hope so. Give me a little time!