I don't think they should have made you leave. I have no problem with a woman brestfeeding in public, heck I will prob do it when I have kids. If anyone should be ask to leave it would be people like my brother, whose older child is throwing food at everyone, and screaming. If your child does not have public manners don't take them out in public till they do.
I breastfed both my kids. My daughter didn't take to it too well and I was young. I breastfed my son to 9 months. When he was 3 months around Christmas time I had to feed him while out Christmas shopping. We were eating at Ruby Tuesday's at the time. No problems. I just had a blanket over us. No one said a thing, or there would have been trouble. There were other times out in public. The baby has to eat, bottom line.
I hope your wife doesn't have issues because of this fruitcake. You should sue the hell out of them. Shame on them. Nuts. Be sure to let your wife know that she was doing the right thing.
That is terrible, I breastfed all 3 of mine. I breastfed my son at disney world with a blanket over us, like you were talking about, nobody could see a thing, but poor baby was so hot under the blanket in Florida. Right after we came home, on the news a lady was arrested in Florida for breastfeeding in public. I think they have changed the laws since then, that was 13 years ago.
i like that, lighthouse!!! a breast-in!! i fed my daughter in a museum and in restaurants, like mrs. gunny with a blanket and all, never a problem. nothing visible. i think the lady and the restaurant are wrong.
I don't know if it's the same in every state....something tells me it is...but I can't be positive, but I know for a FACT that in Flroida that it is against the law to ask a nursing mother to leave ANY establishment or to ask her to stop feeding the child. It's like the womens breastfeeding act or something like that. I would most certainly be contacting a lawyer, basically what it boils down to is child abuse and neglect for not allowing your wife to FEED her child!
Breastfeeding in Public Cases — These situations are where a mother is told to stop breastfeeding in public, is asked to leave an establishment for breastfeeding, or is told to breastfeed only in a certain place. Over twenty states have enacted legislation clarifying that women do have the right to breastfeed, and some of those states have provided for fines and penalties for violating these laws.
I would definatly be in contact with a lawyer! That is pathetic!!
I know alot you will want to cuss me after I post this but we have to look at both sides....... Even though the lady was out of line with the way she was talking to you, just like you she paid for her meal so why should she have to sit there and eat while your wife is breastfeeding at the table beside of her, it makes most ppl very uncomfortable. I know that it is a natural thing but sex is to, does that mean that my husband and i should be able to do it in public! Alot of women use breast pumps, walk out to their car or go to the bathroom. I think it is just respectful to do it out of public. Although i do think it was wrong for the place to ask you to leave.
^ why should it even be a problem if u can't even see her breast? she covered up with a blanket. why should it offend anyone if there's nothing to see? i would find it even more offensive if there was a woman wearing a tight tube top with half her boobies and gut spilling out sitting next to my table as i ate.
***Edited By: ntki on 8/2/2006 10:14:42 PM*** Reason: add
The way I see it is I'm a mom, I breastfed both my girls, at home and in public...hell I breastfed in Home Depot once lol. It's kind of like "hey, I just went through 9 months of pregnancy, over 18 hours of labor, 20 minutes of pushing, and I've been up for 6 night straight, why in the Hell should I make myself more uncomfortable because other people are afraid they might get a two centemeter peek of my breast?" How is breastfeeding a baby any more uncomforatble for people than some hooker look-a-like running around with her butt cheeks hanging out, or a shirt that exposes more of her breasts than a blanket covering a breastfeeding child????? I'm sorry I am VERY pro breastfeeding. I had to put my life on hold during the pregnancy, so why should I have to stop my shopping go out an sit in a hot car just so I don't upset people? If you don't like it DON"T LOOK it's as easy as that.
I think there is a time and place for breast feeding. You'll probably cream me for this ,but I also wuld feel uncomfortable with a woman breast feeding sitting next to me. There are breast pumps .When out in public fill a bottle with a breast pump. She could've removed herself from the table and went into the rest room for privacy to feed the baby.I always bottle fed so for me feeding my son was not a issue .You have to think of other people. Also way too many people are sue happy for no good reasons. MHO.
The breastpump is fine for older infants, but not newborns. Once they get the bottle, they are reluctant to go back. You have to wait until they are older. I learned this the hard way. I started feeding my daugther from the bottle too early, and she started refusing the breast.
You have to thinkl about other people who would be affended and act accordingly.Obvisously this woman found it offensive.She had the right to feel so and say so.She should've went about it in a different way though.
Give me a break. Next time someone complains to you that breastfeeding in public (under wraps, no less) is inappropriate, tell them to get their minds out of the proverbial gutter. There is nothing even remotely sexual about a woman feeding a child. It's 2006, for crying out loud, not the freaking dark ages. Gunny, I am sorry this happened to you and your family. Console yourself with the fact that the woman who accosted you was possibly bottle-fed and therefore lacking in a few essential enzymes necessary for rational thought.