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

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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?

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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