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nellynaemates Thu 16-Jul-09 12:34:16

Debate on public breastfeeding

If you're going through a tough time just now with BF it might not be the nicest read, I have just been entirely shocked at the attitude of some to BF and thought you guys might like a look.

People need educated!!

(I know, I know, it's my own fault for looking at the mail)

crankytwanky Thu 16-Jul-09 14:23:30

Thank you , Nelly.

I shallmake myself a brew and prepare to get all furious.

Hulla Thu 16-Jul-09 16:55:32

I've not read the whole DM thread but I was tempted to join up just to pots but I have a feeling I'd be wasting my time based on what I have read.

In RL I haven't really come across anyone who feels that strongly about me bf in public. I haven't had any negative comments.

I find listening to a hungry baby cry far more disturbing than seeing someone bf. Silly people.

DitaVonCheese Thu 16-Jul-09 18:04:29

Oh my christing jesus, I've only read the first page and a half and I want to scream! angry

Here are some bodily functions I do in public:

breathe
sneeze
fart silently wink
belch discreetly
digest stuff
pump blood around my system
squirt stuff out of glands

Being a bodily function does not mean you need to do it in private you freaking bunch of morons!

Hulla Thu 16-Jul-09 19:30:40

grin

Upwind Fri 17-Jul-09 11:04:49

I have breastfed in public all over now and I have come to the conclusion that HARDLY ANYONE CARES

Most people, even most daily mail readers will see that online "debate" and not bother clicking on it. A few with major ishoos will start replying. They are not representative.

nellynaemates Fri 17-Jul-09 12:36:08

Oh I know they're not representative, but they certainly think they are!

I never received a single negative comment while breastfeeding in public and did it for just over a year - but the problem is this minority can cow women who are nervous about breastfeeding in public anyway into staying at home or giving up altogether, which I think is very sad and ought to be challenged.

dawntigga Fri 17-Jul-09 12:51:34

Erm, might have just posted this:

Comparison of breastfeeding with going to the toilet/sex is a non sequitur if you haven't got a better argument just say you don't like it!

Nobody is going to force you to look, nobody is going to make you like it. You do not have the right to never be offended by what you see or hear. I'm not going to stop feeding my child when he needs it and I'm not going to tut at a women or man who feeds their child by bottle. Each family needs to find a way that's right for them. I am going to tell you should you come up to me - nobody has so far - to mind your own business and don't look if you don't want to see. I find what a lot of people aren't wearing to be quite distasteful but it's their choice and if I don't like it I won't look twice.

BTW the benefits to mother and baby are staggering:

Artificially fed babies are at greater risk of:

gastro-intestinal infection

respiratory infections

necrotising enterocolitis

urinary tract infections

ear infections

allergic disease (eczema and wheezing)

insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus

sudden infant death syndrome

childhood leukaemia.

and breastfed babies may have better:

neurological development.

Breastfed babies have reduced risk of:

Cardiovascular disease in later life

Sunden Infant Death

Women who have breastfed are at lower risk of:

breast cancer

ovarian cancer

hip fractures and bone density.

Breastfeeding may also provide protection against:

multiple sclerosis

acute appendicitis

tonsillectomy

For the mother

rheumatoid arthritis

For these if for no other reason people who don't like me breastfeeding in public can look away.

dxx

nellynaemates Fri 17-Jul-09 17:04:08

Lol, saw that message on the board before I looked back here and guessed it was a mumsnetter!

dawntigga Sat 18-Jul-09 18:44:26

I seem to have succesfully killed that thread - it isn't just MN then

ThreadKillerTiggaxx

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