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where is /isn't it appropriate to breastfeed?

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rockyroadahead Thu 24-Oct-13 13:48:00

I kn its legal to bf pretty much everere but is there places u wud of wouldn't ?
I have a 3 week old and a 3 year old however a am new to the whole bfing thing as I didn't bf ds1.
I have bf in front of most family and friends inc prudish dad who looked like he was gonna have a stroke and a lot in the car Mc donalds as it wad empty but yesterday I went into Costa , it was busy and I couldn't do it I left and went to toys r us where thet have baby change with comfy chair by myself . What wud everyone else do ? .

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 24-Oct-13 13:51:23

I think feeding in a toilet is inappropriate, other than that pretty much everywhere is fair game smile

comewinewithmoi Thu 24-Oct-13 13:51:52

Baby's hungry, feed baby. ie anywhere.

comewinewithmoi Thu 24-Oct-13 13:52:24

Oh yes not in the toilet , that's gross

imtheonlyone Thu 24-Oct-13 13:54:30

I fed my babies when they were hungry! Everywhere and anywhere - just as you would if they were bottle fed. I anyone had tried to stop me, they would soon have regretted doing so! I remember once pulling up on the hard shoulder of the motorway to get my baby out and feed him - we had been sat in a queue for 45 minutes that hadn't moved and the poor little thin was screaming his head off! To me, that was an emergency!

mrsmartin1984 Thu 24-Oct-13 13:55:03

Not in the loos. Because I wouldn't eat there. Everywhere else is fine.

SauvignonBlanche Thu 24-Oct-13 13:56:27

Is appropriate - everywhere except a toilet
Isn't appropriate - see above.

SauvignonBlanche Thu 24-Oct-13 13:57:38

I promise you that you'll get less self conscious with practice, good luck! flowers

Twinnies10 Thu 24-Oct-13 13:59:23

I've fed in toilets too in the early days! (Baby only 3 months now) now feed anywhere except mass, went to mass at weekend and brought bottle of ebm, the little bugger wouldn't take it as it was too cold so I left and fed in car, couldn't do it in the church!!

NoQueFucker Thu 24-Oct-13 13:59:23

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

dyslexicdespot Thu 24-Oct-13 14:07:02

As everyone else has said-I have feed DS wherever we happen to be when he is hungry-in font of my supervisors, on the tube, in front of family/friends, restaurants and so on and so forth.

No one has ever said anything negative ( aside from a doctor in an infant feeding clinic-fucker!

Youarejustwordsonascreenpeople Thu 24-Oct-13 14:12:03

Any where and everywhere with my three including church, they are the very essence of Gods children. Even walked up to the alter, feeding, to do a reading.

rockyroadahead Thu 24-Oct-13 14:13:13

Thanx all I feel bit better now ... I think coz we r still practising and over coming obsticals such as latch on which we have got right but some time when she is really hungry she gets a bit frantic and confused and the thought of faffing about trying to get her on properly in s busy cafe freaked me.out a tiny bit ..... Just to clarify it wasn't a toilet I fed in as such just had a baby changer sink and chair room ..

dyslexicdespot Thu 24-Oct-13 14:20:29

It can be stressful until you get the hang of it!

NoComet Thu 24-Oct-13 14:32:08

DD2 absolutely anywhere including in the middle of M&S (realising there was no cafe)and in a church funeral service.

DD1 often got fed in the car in the car park as she didn't actually like BFing at all.

She squirmed and looked round at the slightest distraction.
In a cafe, she'd try and kick things off the table to make sure everyone was looking at me make a hash of it.

She was mixed fed, she knew bottles existed, she knew I didn't have to BF her and she made her feelings on the subject very clear.

rosiedays Thu 24-Oct-13 14:58:25

The only place I would feed and have read (on here) that It's inappropriate is the swimming pool. toilets (nice clean ones) were my savoir in the early days as i really struggled with a tt baby who fussed a lot and I needed to go full top off (if it fell and annoyed her it was toe curling start again time) I wouldn't feed in toilets now though as it's not necessary. Dd 3 months now and I'll feed anywhere but the car is still fav when out. (She/i like peace and quiet )

rosiedays Thu 24-Oct-13 15:01:06

Grr would in first line should have been wouldn't! ! Lol I'm feeding smile

BerstieSpotts Thu 24-Oct-13 15:05:03

I have fed in toilets - I think the point posters are making is you shouldn't feel you have to feed in a toilet.

Anywhere that you can bring the baby, you are allowed to breastfeed. It's as simple as that - it's even backed up in law in England, Wales and Scotland smile

hettienne Thu 24-Oct-13 15:06:19

Anywhere a baby can be, they can be breastfed basically.

Though personally I wouldn't in a public toilet or swimming pool.

comedaygoday Thu 24-Oct-13 15:08:25

Anywhere the baby or child needs to be fed. I am still BFing DS1 (20 months) and BFed DS 1 until 16 months and DS2 until 20 months. I have fed in churches, in a meeting with a bank manager, in a workhouse, by the checkout in a supermarket, as well as the usual cafes and toddler groups.

smearedinfood Thu 24-Oct-13 15:09:43

I wouldn't on a ski field, that's just me though.

ShatnersEmptyCatacomb Thu 24-Oct-13 15:11:36

I think you can in any of the places it would be appropriate to feed a baby by any method. So not in a toilet, a swimming pool, a board meeting, in court...

rosiedays Thu 24-Oct-13 15:14:36

Grr would in first line should have been wouldn't! ! Lol I'm feeding smile

rosiedays Thu 24-Oct-13 15:49:56

Berstie... I totally agree that no-one should feel they Have to feed in the toilet but sometimes it really was the most appropriate and easiest place. Behind a closed door i could do what i needed and not get flustered, stay calm and take my time and cry where no one could see me I don't think it should an off limits place per say PProvided it's clean of course.

BerstieSpotts Thu 24-Oct-13 16:18:01

That's what I said smile

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