06-Oct-2007,
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Breast feeding in public: law and social pressure

Breastfeeding IS legal in the USA according to the following source, but many people are uncomfortable to see a woman breastfeeding at the mall or a restaurant for instance and may simply ask her to leave. See the reports in our section "latest breastfeeding court cases" to be better aware of the reality and the reactions of the public over public breastfeeding. The taboo of the sight of breasts in public is so engrained in the American public that it is affecting the very health of American babies because mothers will opt not to breast feed in order to avoid this social pressure when breastfeeding is best for her child.
What can be more natural than to witness a child suckling at his mother's breast? What in one's education is making such natural sight uncomfortable, even unbearable? Gotopless.org wishes to help fade out such repressive behavior by changing the law and subsequently mentalities for an overall healthier American society.

<span class="bbcode underline bbcode-u bbcode-u-news" style="text-decoration: underline;">The following text is part of a written comment made by Janet Fuchs Jackson, a Canadian citizen, member of the Facebook group. Janet is a breastfeeding mother:</span>

I for one am sick to death of people telling me what BFing is "like".

Let's all shut up about what BFing is LIKE and talk about what it IS: a baby eating! That's it! It's eating! It's like eating! Because it is EATING!!!!

Sometimes I eat alone with my husband and we hold hands and gaze into each other's eyes and it's beautiful.
Sometimes I eat with my parents and my brothers and it's loud and we all talk at once and it's joyful.
Sometimes I eat in a mall food court with a bunch of strangers because I'm famished and can't wait to get home.

And get this: my baby DOES EXACTLY THE SAME THING!!! To everyone who thinks that nursing is gross, or private, or so freakin' special that I have to make it a Hallmark moment every time I do it, think for a minute and realize that it's JUSTFREAKINGEATING!!!!!


If a woman breastfeeds with her whole breast out of the shirt, there's someone in the room wishing she would pull the shirt down a little more.

If she pulls her shirt down a little more, there's someone in the room wishing she would put a blanket over her side boob, or cleavage.

If she blankets her boob, there's someone wishing she would put the blanket over the baby's head.

If she blankets her baby, there's someone wishing she was in the corner.

If she moves to the corner, there's someone wishing she would face the wall.

If she faces the wall, there's someone wishing she would leave the room.

Can't please 'em all, so do what feels right to YOU, I say. But regardless of how you do it, keep nursing, ladies.
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