To Cover or Not to Cover?

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Registered: 11-13-2008
To Cover or Not to Cover?
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Fri, 02-01-2013 - 2:44pm

Do you cover up with a blanket or breastfeeding cover when feeding your child?  How do you feel when people request you do it when that's not your preference?

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Registered: 11-12-2012
Mon, 02-04-2013 - 9:43am

I don't - ever.  Never found it to be a problem, and I used to BF in Mass, even!  I can't imagine anyone would have a problem with it, and no one has ever said anything negative to me about it.  When you think about all of the cleavage women put out there, something as natural and sweet as BF your baby should not earn anyone's ire.

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Registered: 06-02-2010
Tue, 02-05-2013 - 1:13am
Only person who ever asked me to cover in public was my husband... and after one exasperated look never asked again. :) I find I've gotten way more smiles and nods of approval than OMG what is she doing... and we BF until a day before the 2nd birthday... and are fine doing the same with the newest lil' one. I agree, I see more boob hangin' out on non-BFing women than I do when I BF my kids.
Lilypie Pregnancy tickers
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Registered: 11-12-2012
Tue, 02-05-2013 - 9:44am

So true!  DH was a little apprehensive at first (he is rather shy), but he got used to it, especially when a little booby was all it took to quiet a restless baby.  He's a big fan now!  I think as BF mothers, we have an obligation not to cover up and act as if there is something to be ashamed about.  If we approach the issue without any trepidation, we are essentially telling the public that there is no issue.

Hispanics, especially in Latin America, always bf in public with no apologies, and no one minds.

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Registered: 07-18-2007
Tue, 02-05-2013 - 8:38pm

Hi!  I just wandered in from the iVillage home page when I saw the question.  My breastfeeding days were back in 1964 and 1968 and it was such a wonderful, fulfilling experience for both me and my children.  I was somewhat more modest then and my husband (mark that ex-husband!) would have had a stroke if I breastfed in public! He wouldn't even allow me to wear a two-piece bathing suit =) 

Anyhow, I was a member of a group of young mothers, most of whom were breastfeeding.  We varied in the degree to which we covered up, if at all.  We were good friends and treated one another with respect.  I'm not sure if any of them ever breastfed in public.  The closest I came when feeding time came while I was out shopping for the day.  I went into a dressing room and simply uncovered.  The clerks were shopped but my son and I were happy.

Barb

 

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