Heaven's gonna burn your eyes
16th April 2005
Today (1st Aug) marks the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week.
It is obviously the natural way to feed a child but is it the best?
Should women be encouraged to breastfeed?
And should it be allowed in public without restrictions? Should be allowed in private businesses?
*Edit* Damn, the second poll option was meant to read "uncomfortable around it".
Breastfeeding is probably the best option for infants.
As a female, I can say that, with very little doubt, I'll be breastfeeding my child(ren) when I have one/them. The benefits are too great to do otherwise. I mean, it promotes brain development, helps prevent infection, helps with the development of the teeth and speech organs--the list goes on and on.
It should absolutely be allowed in public, I see no reason for it not to be allowed. It's a perfectly natural process, it's not like the woman is flashing the public or anything. Besides, most mothers who are breastfeeding keep a blanket around something of the sort, to cover up in public.
People need to be less selfish and realize that just because something makes them "uneasy" because they're ashamed of the human body, doesn't mean we should compromise the well-being of other people. Sometimes a woman doesn't always have a bottle of breast-milk with her (even at that, I doubt the infant would take it, if it's been 100% breast-fed).
And unless it's a men's club, then all public places and private business should allow it.
I have no objection to it, but I do find it uncomfortable to be around it, I don't know why I just do.
Breastfeeding is not just natural but also important thing to do for child's development. I don't see public breastfeeding as positive nor negative, I have neutral attitude on it.
I feel the same way as Relander, but I don't get how someone could be offended (as stated in the poll) by something so normal and neutral?
I'm positive towards it, it's good for the child in all sorts of ways, and if the breast feeder happens to be an attractive woman, it's good for all the males around her, unless they have their girlfriends with them or the woman has a very easily offended husband with either a law degree, a job as a cop, or large biceps. In which case, it's still not negative to the child, it's simply negative to jealous natures inherent in humans and the possible resulting slapping, punching and or kicking. I'm mostly joking, but in general, I'm positive about it and see no reason to be offended by it, even if it would cause me to blush in public uncontrolably.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
As long as I don't have to see it I don't care.
It depends on the breast.
I voted for the third option. It gets no reaction from me.
The cream of the crop
20th August 2003
It's all good in my hood.......As long as I get a sip.
I think its natural and I do not oppose it or even want it stopped. I have a friend who breast fed all her kids but she would place a towel or childs blanket so as it was not so visible in public.
That said I do feel a little uncomfortable but only because I get the urge to look, it reminds me of "Me, Myself, and Irene".