To wonder what people really think about breastfeeding at a swimming pool?

(117 Posts)
loveolives Fri 01-Nov-13 22:14:49

It seems to be coming up a lot in the news recently. Well, twice that I can think of. I breastfed my first child until 16 months and currently feeding my second at 7 months. I happily feed in public whenever and where ever, albeit discreetly. I took my daughter swimming during the week and couldn't imagine feeding her in the pool or at the poolside. AIBU to think that doing so may generate .. attention?

newfavouritething Fri 01-Nov-13 22:18:14

AT a swimming pool no problems at all, IN a swimming pool not good - don't want to be swimming round in baby puke.

MikeReepySpooksard Fri 01-Nov-13 22:19:18

Meh, it's not just about food, it's about calming and comforting. A swimming pool is a big noisy place and babies can get a bit fretful, popping them on the boob for a bit will soothe them and then you can both have an enjoyable swim, yay. I really don't see the problem.

MikeReepySpooksard Fri 01-Nov-13 22:20:54

Obviously if feeding makes your baby vomit then you wouldn't do it in a pool, but I think that's pretty rare tbh, particularly with bf babies.

Heartbrokenmum73 Fri 01-Nov-13 22:20:56

Didn't we do this yesterday???

Have I been through a timewarp? What year is this? Where am I? Who's the President?

Bubbles1066 Fri 01-Nov-13 22:21:19

By the side of the pool fine but not in the pool, no. It's full of sick/piss/spit. Gross!

Writerwannabe83 Fri 01-Nov-13 22:21:58

Babies should be breastfed anywhere if they are hungry - and so what if it does being attention?? The more frequently that breast feeding is observed in public the more normalised it will hopefully become (it should be anyway) and the hope is that one day all the stupid negative attachments to breast feeding will be dropped. It honestly baffles me how even in this century, the most natural thing is the world is still seen by some people as something to be ashamed of hmm

loveolives Fri 01-Nov-13 22:23:04

Sorry, not been online in a few days so not sure if this is being repeated. I'm always of the opini

loveolives Fri 01-Nov-13 22:23:47

Opinion that babies should be fed whenever and wherever, but IN a pool? Sitting on the side? I couldn't imagine it?

Bubbles1066 Fri 01-Nov-13 22:23:51

You wouldn't BF or eat in a toilet though as it's not clean. Same with the water in a pool IMO. It's not a normalising BF thing, it's a hygiene thing.

bababababoom Fri 01-Nov-13 22:24:03

Yawn, here we go again, hasn't this been done to death? Replies will fall into the following categories:

1. Eeeew, that's disgusting, not necessary, boobs out and milk in pool.

2. I support breastfeeding but it's not necessary, nobody else eats in a swimming pool which is full of piss.

3. How dare anybody dictate where I can feed my baby?

Me? I've fed in the swimming pool many times and nobody's batted an eye. My youngest gets cold in the water - if I feed her, she can stay in the water longer and my older children don't have to get out. They swallow more water swimming than they ever would feeding, seeing as there's a seal round the nipple when they feed. And unless I'm going to sterilise my nipples afterwards, what difference does it make?. She is warm and happy in the water and would be cold out of the water, and changing rooms are hardly hygienic anyway. If anybody's bothered about milk in the pool they'll have to ban lactating women full stop. If anybody's offended by the sight of my boob, they are welcome to leave because I won't be.

AngelsLieToKeepControl Fri 01-Nov-13 22:24:06

I wouldn't have done it in the pool either, but I wouldn't bat an eyelid at anyone else doing so. Its down to (or at least it should be down to) personal preference.

I can't really see the issue about feeding IN the pool tbh. Sure the baby might spit up and yuk to be swimming in it but you counter that with people coughing, sneezing, swallowing water and spitting it back out, peeing etc, whats a bit of baby vom added to the mix?

Would I feed IN the pool, no, but that is just me.

SeaSickSal Fri 01-Nov-13 22:26:50

I don't care. But I do think that there are some people who are desperate to be told not to breast feed somewhere so they can cause a fuss and get their name in the paper.

As it seems a pool may be one of the few places you will be told not to I suspect they are being deliberately targeted.

loveolives Fri 01-Nov-13 22:27:42

I wouldn't bat an eyelid either. I love seeing
other babies breastfeeding. These stories do make me worry about breastfeedingy baby when she needs feeding though.

misspontypine Fri 01-Nov-13 22:27:48

My baby wants to feed as soon as he gets a glimps of boob. We havn't been to a public pool but I feed him in the pool that we have in our apartment complex and in tge bath and in the sea/river/lake.

Ds is a puker but rarely right after a feed, usually 30 mins to 3 hours after a brightly colored meal.

notanyanymore Fri 01-Nov-13 22:28:38

if the waters that dirty babies shouldn't be in it in the first place, having a feed won't make any difference to either the baby or the other members of the general public.
pile of shite IMO (but then i go to a posh pool where i get to sit on a sun lounger doing a feed while the waitress brings me coffee and toast... i wouldn't bother swimming otherwise! <<smug!>> )

Writerwannabe83 Fri 01-Nov-13 22:30:36

Why is it unhygienic to breasted whilst sitting on the side of the pool, or in the pool for that matter? The baby is sucking at the breast and having your sterile milk, not downing gulps of pool water..... hmm

Or do you mean it is unhygienic towards the other swimmers??

Norudeshitrequired Fri 01-Nov-13 22:30:57

My opinion is a baby should be breastfed anywhere that anybody else would eat. I wouldn't eat in a pool so wouldn't breastfeed in a pool.
You are not even allowed to chew gum in the pool.

5madthings Fri 01-Nov-13 22:32:01


It's fine to feed at or in a pool and illegal to stop a mother from doing so.

UserError Fri 01-Nov-13 22:33:02

I don't give a rats ass where babies are fed. I would be annoyed if a mother started to breastfeed in my lane when I was swimming. Anyone stopping in my lane annoys me. Go to the side of the pool!

CrocodileScream Fri 01-Nov-13 22:41:03

Babies should be breastfed whenever and wherever. I personally wouldn't have breastfed in a pool but anyone spouting hygiene reasons is batty.

The baby will swallow some of the skanky pool water whether it is breastfed or not and quite frankly it'd be more hygienic to swim in a pool completely filled with breastmilk than the water we do swim in.

Bubbles1066 Fri 01-Nov-13 23:03:46

It depends how you see BF. I see it as food so it's not weird to see it as a hygiene thing to not do it in a pool. I think it would be horrid to eat in a pool. Maybe others think it's just fine to eat in a pool. Each to their own.
Other people see BF as more than food, so you can do it anywhere. Again, each to their own. All depends in how you view it.

CrocodileScream Fri 01-Nov-13 23:07:15

It might be perceived as unhygienic to eat / breastfeed in a swimming pool but the reality is we ingest the water in one way or another regardless.

What about the pools in swanky tropical resorts with a bar in the pool?

Writerwannabe83 Fri 01-Nov-13 23:13:53

I don't think it's unhygienic to eat or drink in a pool - I don't understand why people think it is? The food or drink goes straight into my mouth. What do others do? Dip it in the water first and then ingest it?? grin

I reckon there are a lot more unhygienic and dirty restaurants/cafes out there than swimming pools smile

greenbananas Fri 01-Nov-13 23:15:05

Doesn't matter what anyone thinks, babies now have the right to breastfeed in swimming pools.

The 2010 equality act says that mums can breastfeed their babies pretty much anywhere, with no limit on the age of the child. Can't link on my kindle, but a quick Google will confirm this - the maternity alliance have a good website.

greenbananas Fri 01-Nov-13 23:16:51

I didn't see the news stories. What was said?

mezza123 Fri 01-Nov-13 23:18:18

I always clean my boobs post swim pre breastfeeding to get piss and poo off, so I think its v unhygenic to Bf in a pool. Yuck! Why not just get out and have a quick shower first?

GobbySadcase Fri 01-Nov-13 23:18:43

In my mind if you'd eat a meal there then bf is all systems go.
How many of us crack open our packed lunch in the pool?

Retroformica Fri 01-Nov-13 23:19:16

At the poolside yes.

Writerwannabe83 Fri 01-Nov-13 23:19:27


Whereabouts do you go swimming?? grin

FlapJackOLantern Fri 01-Nov-13 23:20:32

Doesn't matter what anyone thinks, babies now have the right to breastfeed in swimming pools.

Doesn't make it right, or alright, though does it?

I find it laughable at the absolutely outrage if it is suggested a breastfeeding mother go into a toilet.......but by the same token she would want to feed a child in much the same environment that is a swimming pool !

bellablot Fri 01-Nov-13 23:21:35

I seriously can't see the issue in feeding your baby at the swimming pool, what is the big deal? Serious question. It would never have crossed my mind! shock

hettienne Fri 01-Nov-13 23:22:29

On the side = fine
Actually in the pool = no thanks

I recently saw someone feeding a baby with a bottle in the pool, baby in a rubber ring, I was confused

FlapJackOLantern Fri 01-Nov-13 23:23:47

bellablot - there is a vast difference between 'AT a swimming pool' and 'IN a swimming pool' !

bellablot Fri 01-Nov-13 23:24:00

Why is hygiene an issue? Surely if it was you wouldn't take the child in anyway. Don't see a problem. Haven't seen any good reasons not to so far.

TheFabulousIdiot Fri 01-Nov-13 23:24:22

Tits and babies. What is the big deal? Tits in bikinis in pools with babies. Tits covered by baby in water. Seriously. It's just tits and babies.

SirChenjin Fri 01-Nov-13 23:25:15

I breastfed all of mine and quite happily got them out in all sorts of places - but a swimming pool? Nope, I wouldn't. Leaky milk and baby puke dripping into the water isn't a very sociable thing, so if any of the DCs had needed fed or comforted I would have got out of the pool.

mezza123 Fri 01-Nov-13 23:25:36

Tower hamlets!! But thinking of those poo crumbs, you know?
But actually thinking about it, I do shower before I bf DD if I've been swimming but thats because I still think of her as a little baby and she hasn't been swimming in a public pool yet (she's 8 months) but of course if she was in the pool to be bf then she would be swimming therefore swallowing the pee anyway.
So changed my mind, it's fine to do, not yucky. Not sure how u would bf, swim AND mumsnet tho? Think I would prob drop the swimming myself.

mezza123 Fri 01-Nov-13 23:25:43

Tower hamlets!! But thinking of those poo crumbs, you know?
But actually thinking about it, I do shower before I bf DD if I've been swimming but thats because I still think of her as a little baby and she hasn't been swimming in a public pool yet (she's 8 months) but of course if she was in the pool to be bf then she would be swimming therefore swallowing the pee anyway.
So changed my mind, it's fine to do, not yucky. Not sure how u would bf, swim AND mumsnet tho? Think I would prob drop the swimming myself.

hettienne Fri 01-Nov-13 23:25:52

Thinking about it logically there probably isn't that much of a hygiene issue - whats a bit of milk in a chlorinated pool full of bodily fluids anyway? But I think we just don't want to see the milk in the pool, whether human or cow.

greenbananas Fri 01-Nov-13 23:26:56

Babies are pretty tough, they don't need your boobs sterilizing before they feed. Breast milk has antibacterial and antiviral properties (Google if you don't believe me).

I would rather not feed my baby at a swimming pool (am not by nature an exhibitionist) but if the baby was hungry I would definitely go ahead, and am glad the law now gives me the right to do so.

FreeAtLastAtLongLast Fri 01-Nov-13 23:27:08

She fed her baby next to a pool confused why the issue?

She was hardly spraying the general public!

Mind you, when DS was small, when he cried for food, I'd spray until I could latch him on.

Surely in a world in which there are a mass of seriously awful issues needing support and action, people are getting up in arms because a mum fed her baby, near a pool, using a feeding method that had been used for thousands of years. I think we should focus our energy on more pressing and serious issues, and let little babies be fed in peace

notanyanymore Fri 01-Nov-13 23:29:59

you wouldn't take your dc for a little trip out to sit on a toilet seat, but you would take them swimming, so it is quite different really.
how is it not right, or alright, for someone to feed their baby in a pool? after all these threads i still haven't seen any valid reasons mentioned.
if you think its unhygienic for you you really shouldn't be swimming in a public pool, and if your concerned for the baby, then presumably you think they shouldn't be in the pool! craziness!

notanyanymore Fri 01-Nov-13 23:30:45

what freeatlastsaid !

5madthings Fri 01-Nov-13 23:32:36

you wont see the milk as its going into the baby.

when a baby feeds it creates a seal on the breast so it wont be swallowing pool water unlike when ir is just ib the pool and not feeding. the baby is less likely to swallow pool water when feeding.

and lactating mothers often leak. i always did. i used to go swimming in the evening and often felt my milk let down whilst i was swimming.

read the link i posted on last page.

there is no hygeine issue.

you might not like it, you might not do it yourseld but its perfectly fine to bfeed in a pool and anyone who was negative to a mother doing so or tried to get her to stop would be breaking the law.

5madthings Fri 01-Nov-13 23:35:13

and well done mezza for giving it some thought and changing your mind smile

mostvmums dont swim whilst feeding, just sit in theshallow end so baby stays warm in the water.

its actually recomended in many baby swim classes smile

VerySmallSqueak Fri 01-Nov-13 23:35:27

I really really think it's fine to breast feed at a swimming pool.

redshifter Fri 01-Nov-13 23:56:38

What the hell is wrong with bfeeding in the pool? I haven't seen one sensible reason why you shouldn't.
Take baby out to the side of the pool when she may have just needed comforting?? In the cold??? CRAZY.
I think it is a good thing and should be encouraged.

I definitely would do this with my dc if I had the ability to so.

I really am shocked at people who say they are pro bfeeding but are against this. And the arguements against they come out with, I find illogical and bloody ridiculous.

Dobbiesmum Sat 02-Nov-13 00:26:39

Stupid Question Alert
Given that I was raised with the whole 'don't go swimming straight after food or you will get cramps and drown' type of thing is it actually safe for small stomachs to be eating in the pool?
I'm well aware that it really is a daft thing to ask but having had 30 plus years of that particular gem of knowledge I really do need to ask more knowledgeable people... blush
Otherwise, not a problem for me at all, feeding baby versus upset hungry baby? No contest there, feed the baby grin

Seff Sat 02-Nov-13 12:34:02

Any reason given not to breastfeed in a pool can also be used to say no babies should be in a swimming pool at all.

ZombieMojaveWonderer Sat 02-Nov-13 17:51:28

I would not feed my baby in the pool because I would want to clean my nipple before I popped it in my child's mouth.
I used to leave the change bag by the pool, where everyone leaves the towels.
I would get out and grab the bag. Sit down and wrap my child in a towel. Clean my nipple and pop my child on my boob. Easy grin

hettienne Sat 02-Nov-13 18:05:09

Clean your nipple? With what?

LordPalmerston Sat 02-Nov-13 18:07:30

No. Weird. Mind you I'm a bit prim with breast feeding.

candycoatedwaterdrops Sat 02-Nov-13 18:12:22

The last thread on this has completely put me off swimming. I'm not joking, I have not been swimming since.

KeepingUpWithTheJonses Sat 02-Nov-13 18:19:55

I just see it as a bit unnecessary.

I wouldn't take a newborn swimming anyway. The cold, the germs...what's the point? Tiny babies would enjoy a warm bath with mum more, I see no benefit to them being in a public pool at all.

By the time they get to the age where swimming is actually a fun experience, then they're usually old enough that they're not bf every ten minutes anyway, and you'd have a good idea of their routine and so could plan their meals around it.

I've never seen anyone bf in a pool. If I did, my main thought would be poor planning or badly prepared on behalf of the mum tbh. That, or that they were trying to make some sort of point, which makes me cringe.

5madthings Sat 02-Nov-13 18:22:52

babies dont just bfeed for food and many bfed babies never develop a 'routine' for when they feed. many mums just feed on demand and babies will nurse for a variety of reasons.

so if you think its just 'bad planning' or to 'make a point' you are sadly misinformed.

Smartiepants79 Sat 02-Nov-13 18:25:57

Just can't really see why it would be necessary to feed in a pool. And I EBF both my babies for an extended amount of time.
Get out if they're that hungry!
And if they're that distressed they shouldn't be in the pool in the first place.
I have fed in many places but this just seems to be a bit silly.

Bunbaker Sat 02-Nov-13 18:30:39

"but I think that's pretty rare tbh, particularly with bf babies."

Nonsense. My sister BF her childrena and I BF DD. They all puked up after feeds. My HV didn't bat an eylid and said it was very common regardless of how I fed DD.

KeepingUpWithTheJonses Sat 02-Nov-13 18:44:01

5madthings - having a different opinion does not make me 'misinformed'.

I have never known a bf baby of a few months + to still be totally unpredictable with feeds, or need bf every few minutes, like a newborn.

In terms of comfort, I've never been a fan of shoving a nipple/dummy or anything else in their mouths at the first sign of a whinge, if it is not hunger-related. That I suppose is a matter of opinion.

As I said on the last thread, I have fed ds2 at a swim up bar. Which bit of the "against" argument says I shouldnt do that? And it was ds1 who kept throwing up in the pool, who is no longer breastfed.

Just to poke the anti-BFs with a stick a bit more, ds2 was a toddler at the time.

LordPalmerston Sat 02-Nov-13 19:26:32

ew at milk in water

Writerwannabe83 Sat 02-Nov-13 19:32:39

I'd prefer to swim in a pool with some breast milk floating in it than swim in a pool that people have urinated in -which lets be honest is most pools we get in smile

lljkk Sat 02-Nov-13 19:36:19

I wouldn't give a fig. The pool has plenty of sweat in it already, milk is a nice change.

5madthings Sat 02-Nov-13 19:36:34

babies dont have to be distressec or upset to want to feed. bfeeding is about so much more than just food and a comment of 'not being a fan of shoving a dummy/nipple in their mouths' again does show you to be misinformed.

i guess you can shove a dummy in... not seen anyone do that tho. offer a baby a dummy yes. offer a breast yes. but you certainly cant make a baby bfeed if they dont want to.

infact you cant make a baby have a dummy if they dont want it either, they spit it out.

either way sucking is naturallu the most important reflex for babies and is naturally soothing and comforting as well as being about nutrition it is a way of touching base, the skin to skin is important, babies and toddlers get comfort ftom the warmth, the smell, thw touch eyc of their mothers, its all intertwinned and entirely natural as nature intends.

the way you talk about shoving a nipple in a mouth makes you sound anti bfeeding and as tho you hqve some kind of issue with a baby deriving comfort from a breast. when it is infact entirely normal. you may not want to offer that comfort to your babies, fine that is your choice but others do and are legally protected to do so, even in a swimming pool.

bishbashboosh Sat 02-Nov-13 20:34:12

I've breast fed 4 children to the he of 3 and wouldn't hve done it in a swimming pool

bishbashboosh Sat 02-Nov-13 20:36:11

Sorry posted to soon! Out of respect for the other paying members. There have been occasions I remember when I have been in my swimsuit in the changing room or I. The nearest toilet

2tiredtoScare Sat 02-Nov-13 20:37:15

Was she actually feeding in the pool

SaucyJack Sat 02-Nov-13 20:43:54

I don't agree with it. A public swimming pool isn't an appropriate place for anybody to be having their lunch.

TheHouseonHauntedHill Sat 02-Nov-13 20:57:57

wherever and whenever you want.

I am so pleased these naysayers are being reported and publicly shamed and made to back down.

The article I read on this also came from the so called Daily Fail.

2tiredtoScare Sat 02-Nov-13 21:02:14

If she wasn't in the pool I don't see the problem

TheHouseonHauntedHill Sat 02-Nov-13 21:02:59


Your comments have made me really cringe.

I am BF and we feed on demand, whenever and where ever.

thank heavens for 5mad the voice of motherly reason

TheHouseonHauntedHill Sat 02-Nov-13 21:04:17

Out of respect for the other paying members

What is ^dis respectful about BF?

2tiredtoScare Sat 02-Nov-13 21:05:10

Last week I was at the theatre and got talking to a woman BF her baby sitting on the floor of the toilets, I asked her why she wasn't sitting on a chair in the lobby and she said she felt 'ashamed'

LordPalmerston Sat 02-Nov-13 21:05:14

i breastfed

i find it really weird now

when you are IN it you cant see the wood for the trees, the minute oyu finish you think THAT WAS NUTS

Bubbles1066 Sat 02-Nov-13 21:10:56

Thinking about it there are all kinds of weird rules about swimming pools that seem to lack reason. As a kid we were told not to eat for a few hours before swimming. What was that about? There seems to be a great aversion to eating and swimming pools in general. My local swimming pool has a sigh up saying spectators must not loiter. Um, isn't that the point of spectating? So remember it's OK to BF as a spectator as long as you don't loiter!

2tiredtoScare Sat 02-Nov-13 21:12:06

You could walk up and down the viewing gallery whilst bfeeding so as not to be a loiterer

Bubbles1066 Sat 02-Nov-13 21:35:14

Ha, yes! The spectator area is now full of pacing women.

5madthings Sat 02-Nov-13 22:57:53

lord you are aware that even if a woman doesn't bfeed in the pool there is probably bmilk in the pool anyway as lactating women often leak, I certainly did whilst swimming.

I am not bfeeding anymore, haven't for a few years but I have spent about ten years of my life bfeeding and I don't find it weird. I see it as something mothers do, its natural (tho doesn't always come naturally!) It just isn't something I give much thought to other than when I see people talking crap and spreading myths about bfeeding or trying to tell women where they should or shouldn't feed or that they should 'cover up' etc. Then I make a point of counteracting such bollocks.

As an aside my 14yr old read about this, nosey boy reading over my shoulder and he was like 'what is the problem, its a baby doing what babies do' he sees bfeeding as something normal.

But he has grown up with bfeeding, hell he has seen me give birth!

5madthings Sat 02-Nov-13 22:59:10

bubbles my ds3 wasa fussy bfeeder and for months would only settle for a good feed if I was standing up sort of rocking or walking around, I was that pacing woman grin

greenbananas Sat 02-Nov-13 23:31:17

I find it odd that people think they can plan when a baby is going to need breastfeeding. Maybe you might have an idea of when they are going to be hungry, but there are no guarantees.

As I said earlier on this thread, I would rather not breastfeed at a swimming pool, because I am not an exhibitionist by nature (is difficult to be discreet in a swimming costume) but of course the baby's needs always come first. I wouldn't hesitate to feed my baby if I had to.

As somebody said earlier, any argument about breastfeeding in swimming pools being unhygienic can be used to say that babies shouldn't be in swimming pools at all. Some pools are full of wee, and they are often too cold for tiny babies. My 11 month old baby's lips were blue after half an hour last week. However, babies have a right to be there, and sometimes need to be there (e.g. I took my baby because my 5 year old wanted to go swimming). Babies have the right to feed wherever they are, whenever they need feeding.

Babies don't eat in the same way we do. Their little tummies are tiny and they need topping up very frequently. Also, they may want to feed because they are tired, or just want comfort, and that's fair enough.

To me, this is a pointless argument. Nobody has the legal right to stop a mother breastfeeding her baby or toddler in any public place, so what's the point in being offended?

greenbananas Sat 02-Nov-13 23:45:07

Oh, and LordPalmerston, it wasn't nuts, really it wasn't.

It's nuts that society and cultural expectations make you think it was nuts.

When you were "in it", you were simply responding to your baby's needs and ignoring any rubbish responses around you -which is excellent, so well done!

NoComet Sat 02-Nov-13 23:52:04

Somewhere like Waterworld or Centre parks where older DCs will want to swim for ages I wouldn't bat an eyelid. local pool I'd go and sit in spectators.

DD2 has been fed loads of times in spectators, Or at least every Monday from birth to 18 months, while DD1 had her lesson.

bigbrick Sun 03-Nov-13 00:03:09

bf is a normal part of parenting so no problems with bf at a pool.

MrsMook Sun 03-Nov-13 00:13:49

For me it's about comfort. If it was a leisure style pool where you can sit without leaving the water then I would if the need arose. Where the DS's swimming lesson takes place, it's more practical to leave the pool and sit at the edge which I have done (although my more local pool is so drafty that that would probably result in hypothermia for two).

If I'm swimming lanes, then I'll take a bottle of water to drink like I would in the gym or any other fitness session. No eating or swimming on a full stomach doesn't apply to babies as they are not exerting themselves and swimming independently. A sensible choice of swimming costume like a halterneck is perfectly accessible and baby's head covers up adequately.

When the story come out a few months ago, I couldn't see why you'd want to, but after hearing various arguements and thinking about it, it can be a more practical option, and I could see myself doing it in particular circumstances if it was more favourable than alternative options.

LordPalmerston Sun 03-Nov-13 03:19:36

Thanks for the praise hmm

Curioushorse Sun 03-Nov-13 03:30:34

So, what I always wonder here is, what was the woman wearing? Can't quite work out the logistics. You could easily end up exposing quite a lot of yourself if they don't do special bf swimming costumes.

(Bf as I type, so ALL about the logistics).

AngelsLieToKeepControl Sun 03-Nov-13 03:39:57

There are bf swimming costumes even if the women didn't have them I don't think anyone would really care, I have seen people flashing their arses and boobs in little more than 3 tiny triangles and a piece of string at our local pool and nobody bothers aside from a pang of jealousy from me.

diddl Sun 03-Nov-13 08:31:31

I couldn't have done it as I'm short & my boobs & baby would probably have been too close to the water!

Depending on the pool it can also feel cold once shoulders are out!

Quoteunquote Sun 03-Nov-13 12:08:39

I have never understood why people get hung up about babies feeding, it makes no sense, unless you have something wrong with you, such as not understanding what breasts are for.

Anyone who has ever had a baby, knows when they want feeding they want feeding, so you feed them.

Breasts are for feeding babies,

Any hang ups people have about breasts is entirly in their heads, they need to seek help if it bothers them, and adddress the reasons why they are so damaged , if they want to identify why they have warped views about breasts, they can, plenty of help out there, just ask.

Inflicting their bent sad ilogical thought processes on others is nasty, vile and unnecessary.

Anyone who thinks their failings and hangups should interfere with babies getting fed and be accommodated, needs to remove themselves from the presence of any feeding mothers, and seek help. Stay indoors until you have comprehended basic biology, and cause and effects.

Amazing, that people think their failings should still be accommodate,
If their parents failed to give them the correct information and teach them manners, they need to attend to that, not keep indtimadating mothers from feeding their babies.

magicberry Sun 03-Nov-13 12:15:34

Well said greenbananas.
I wouldn't do it myself but would defend anyone else's right to do it. I accept that I wouldn't do it myself because I have (despite best efforts) been influenced by western society's crackpot view of breastfeeding.
I read recently (with fascination) the Politics of Breastfeeding by Gabrielle Palmer - what an eye opener!
I'd so much rather see a mum feeding her child than to hear same child screeching in distress.

lunar1 Sun 03-Nov-13 12:24:09

Not keen personally, and I fed my children out and about. When we go swimming my boys 5&2 like to spend their time jumping and splashing. I don't really want to have to tell them to stop because someone is feeding a baby in the pool. What on earth is so difficult about sitting on the side for how ever long the baby needs feeding for.

FortyDoorsToNowhere Sun 03-Nov-13 12:24:56

I breastfeed DS on the side of the pool, now 7 years later he loves the pool and really confident around water.

Boobs leak in the water anyway.

FortyDoorsToNowhere Sun 03-Nov-13 12:27:07

I don't really want to have to tell them to stop because someone is feeding a baby in the pool

I would stop my DC from jumping and splashing around a baby regardless if they was feeding or not. It's basic manners.

fatlazymummy Sun 03-Nov-13 12:31:13

I would be amazed if I saw someone breastfeeding in a swimming pool. But then, to me, the clue is in the name. Swimming pools are for swimming in, not standing around breastfeeding. Perhaps it would be different if it was one of those leisure type kiddie pools, but then I've never been in one of them, so I can't really tell.
And no, I don't have hang ups about other women breastfeeding. It's just I've never come across anyone in real life who would actually want to do this.

redshifter Sun 03-Nov-13 13:10:46

What greenbananas, quoteunquote and fortydoors said

cjel Sun 03-Nov-13 15:01:46

Having a family of leisure centre managers and workers, I can tell you how many people are inconvenienced by babies sick in the water, The whole pool has to be evacuated for ages while it is clean, Its the same with people who don't use swim nappies 'because they never go at this time of day'

The objections have nothing to do with feeding.

notanyanymore Sun 03-Nov-13 15:35:55

really cjel ? wow. i've never experienced anything like that, not even when I puked in the pool!

5madthings Sun 03-Nov-13 15:37:28

cjel babies are often sick regardless of whether they have been fed recently or even fed in the pool. If you don't want to take that risk you would have to ban all babies from swimming.

Many swim teachers who do baby classes recomed feeding them in the pool.

I can see with a full on projectile vomit yes you wouldnhave to evacuate pool and clean, but a little bit of posset, probably happens loads and no one even notices.

notanyanymore Sun 03-Nov-13 15:37:40

why is baby piss ok, but baby puke isn't? the piss leaks out of swim nappies, it only holds in the poo, and even then its touch and go as baby poo tends to pretty 'loose'.

jellybeans Sun 03-Nov-13 16:40:29

It wouldn't bother me at all. Let them feed their baby wherever they like including a pool. What's the big deal!

cjel Sun 03-Nov-13 16:49:00

Yes Really!!! If no one notices maybe, but if it is noticed it has to be cleaned. Not my Rulessmile also wee has no germs and will go through cleaning and sterilising process whereas solid won't - I am also aware that not all sick is solids but as I said not my rules!!!

TheHouseonHauntedHill Sun 03-Nov-13 18:15:57


Brilliant post, agree with every word.

Stop inflicting your bent perceptions on people with small babies who want to feed them as nature intended!

cjel Sun 03-Nov-13 18:18:09

thohh - The breastfeeding is good its the vomit in the water that isn'tx

TheHouseonHauntedHill Sun 03-Nov-13 18:19:00

My baby has projectiles twice in the whole of its first year and has never been sick even a tiny bit after feeding, I have never used a bib yet, nor a muslin.

TheHouseonHauntedHill Sun 03-Nov-13 18:20:04

A tiny bit of baby vomit would never bother me, nor mothers milk.

What about the un washed masses in the pool with all sorts from all areas being liberated by the water.

cjel Sun 03-Nov-13 18:20:24

Thats not all babies though and I for one don't want my dcs visit to a pool spoilt because they can't go in the water because its closed because of vomit in the water.

OMFGShockHorror Sun 03-Nov-13 18:21:56

Depends where you are OP and depends on the people around you. In my case YABU as any time I have fed IN a swimming pool (of which I have done many times) no one has batted an eyelid.

misspontypine Sun 03-Nov-13 18:23:31

My ds pukes anytime between 30 mins and 2 hours after a feed (he still does this at the grand old age of 10 months.) The time right after a feed is the "safe" time.

Squidwardtenticles Sun 03-Nov-13 18:24:12

I breast fed my 3 children anywhere i felt comfortable. A swimming pool wouldn't be one of those places.
Sometimes i think we're a tad too pc.

TheHouseonHauntedHill Sun 03-Nov-13 18:24:34

I wonder how many BF mothers take their massively vomiting babies swimming confused

cjel Sun 03-Nov-13 18:27:01

THOHH thats hardly the point is it- one is enough- Why should other have their training /fun/ lesson cancelled because of something that could be avoided.? also know of someone who is now paralysed for diving in shallow end - he didn't think rules were necessary either.

5madthings Sun 03-Nov-13 20:11:29

cjel what is your point? yes puke in the pool can be a pain. all babies can puke regqrdless of how and where they are fed. unless you are going to ban babies from swimming there is nothing you can do. bfeeding in or at the pool doesnt make a difference.

at many pools if they get poo in the pool they just fish it out they dont evacuate the pool so a tiny bit of baby possett is neither here nor there. they recomend bfeeding in swimming clases for little ones and lots of times i have seen babies purp up/posset a bit of milk, some bottlfed, some breastfed and they have never evacuated the pool for that.

oh and wee is not sterile once it as out of the bladder as soon as it passes into uretha etc it is no longer sterile so yes ut can have bugs ans germs in it. that is why pools have chlorine in them.

pools get sweat, snot, poo,wee, skin etc in them hence pools have chlorine in and most pools have a continuous filtering system in them to keep them clean(bug free).

TheHouseonHauntedHill Sun 03-Nov-13 20:16:05

Sounds like your family have a bit of a thing against babies in general cjel.

notanyanymore Sun 03-Nov-13 21:19:31

Ooh I think you're being really harsh on cjel she never said its her opinion that should happen (in fact I think she said she didn't!) Only that in her experiences of the industry that is what happens if someone pukes in a pool. Don't give her such a hard time!

cjel Sun 03-Nov-13 21:34:56

THOHH I don't know where you got that impression from? My house has playroom and shed for dgcs toys.I have 17 neices and nephews, 14 great neices and nephews, 2 dcs and 5 dgs. I have lifeguards, pool manangers, Nursery Manager and childrens swimming teachers in my close (within 3 miles) family and also run a toddler group. They are not my rules. I am just saying that it isn't a case of being anti bf. I BF both of mine for 18months and dd when a teenage mum was asked to give a talk to anti natal group on BF.

Thanks NOTANYMORE but I can assure anyone here I am not against babies and the rules are the councils not my families.
Sounds to me like the BF mafia are bored this eveningsmile

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