I breastfed my first son and yes it was in public, he weighed 4lbs and 16 oz , we had to eat every hour to two hours, I could not pump he would not take a bottle, what was i supposed to do stay home and not go out and get the things he needed diapers and wet wipes, I breastfed in an amusment park walking down the strip of course i was covered, and at wal mart, I did feed in the bathroom at first but after no place to sit the smell I wouldnt eat in there so why should i have my child. When you have a screaming baby that doesnt understand hold on till we get home then you can eat they want to eat right away, My son is now seven when i had my second son my first on asked how the baby was going to eat i told him breastfeeding , he said just like i did. Some one making a big deal out of breastfeeding in public must not have breastfed its a natural thing in life, If mrs Gunny was covered whats the big deal only unedicated people would have made a big deal about it, Being covered up some people probably would not have known what she was doing till it was brought to attention, both my sons loved having their heads covered whne trying to go to sleep so how would you know if i was breastfeeding or putting them to sleep. At least she was covered ihave seen some just flop it out and start feeding. I would have not left with out a seen first .
***Edited By: trance on 8/3/2006 1:19:30 PM*** Reason: add
Judging from the radical way the woman was acting and talking, that is probably why the restaurant ask you and the Mrs. to leave knowing that this woman was more apt to cause a public scene that you were.
I don't understand the logic behind people being put out about breast feeding babies in public. Isn't is strange that mostly women have a problem with it more so than men? Then the women tend to give the excuse, "My kids don't need to see this?" Just think how ludicrous this sounds in this day and age of video games, HBO, MTV, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and just plain old prime time t.v.
It's my guess that behind most women complaining about breast feeding in public, you find insecure women hung up on their own bodies.
I'm disappointed in the restaurant in their decision just to keep the peace. A nice letter to editor in the local newspaper would be appropriate. Maybe suggest that local eateries that oppose public breast feeding should post:
No Shirt No shoes No Breast Feeding No Service
***Edited By: pitpat2az on 8/3/2006 1:19:18 PM*** Reason: @@@@
I was breastfeed and when I have children I will breastfeed too and then my views might change but for now I don't think they should have asked you to leave but she could have walked out to the car and if it happens so fast what would have been so wrong in going to the car and coming back. It's not always easy to not look I mean those place put the tables so close together. and as for those 13yr old girls with tube tops i am offeneded but we can't blame them we need to blame the parents! Most women don't even use a blanket and to me that is HILLBILLIE!!! Did gunny get kicked out for the breast feeding or for causing a scene and asking that women to step outside. The resturaunt can't afford to loose business and maybe their was more than just that one women saying something about it. I don't find breastfeeding nasty or sexual, i just don't want to have to see it i don't care if you and your baby are bonding.
POPE! I was gonna say there may be some breast envy, but ya beat me to it!! lol....I have a ginormous set myself, but I often wish I could take them off and set them on the dresser each day. I dont really get why people are so fixated on breasts. They would probably come up missing and my husband would take em to work....I dunno....lol....
I cant figure all this out. Eve, pioneer women, our own GRANDMOTHERS had to feed their children this way, as there was no formula.....It is what breasts are MADE FOR!!!
Now we have accepable nudity on tv, children wear clothes that a stripper would wear, violence abounds on video games and the like.....and THAT is the norm!??!?!?!
I would not be ashamed to educate my kids if a woman was breastfeeding discreetly that that is how its done and you all ate that way too!!
Get over yourselves no one care what kind of breast you have, and no one said we don't want you to breastfeed just do somewhere other then in the middle of dinner. just because that's how you want to teach your kids don't mean that's how that women wanted to telll or SHOW her son.
I understand being mad at the resturaunt for making her leave if breastfeeding is the reason for even making them leave! I don't want ppl to get angry over what i'm saying or take it offensive i'm just bringing another persons opinion to the table.
One time I was out eating, all the sudden I saw a boob, woman just had it hanging there, then took her baby out of the seat, and proceded to feed him. THAT I didn't appreciate. But if someone is discreet, who the heck cares?
In all fairness Raz - I do take offense... using the term HILLBILLIE for someone who doesn't put a blanket over their childs head when they're eating is offensive. I challenge you to put a blanket over your head next time you eat your dinner and tell me whether or not your enjoyed your meal. Furthermore... until you've breastfed a child and learned the ins and outs and done it with 42E breasts - you do not have the right to tell me or any other woman how it "should" be done.
***Edited By: sonjavon on 8/3/2006 2:49:33 PM*** Reason: typo
Why would you want to feed your baby in a car , with the heat index we have had here which has been up to 110 its to hot, would you want to eat out in a hot car i wouldnt ,by the time you walk to the car get it started let it cool off , it would take up more time to do that than just cover your self up and feed, If I wanted to eat in a car i would go to mcdonalds through the drive thru to eat. If parents would take time to explaine to there children that some women breastfeed and some bottlefeed. But yet this lady s children are probably the ones you at the mall wearing nothing but a short shirt and belly button rings on a young child.
***Edited By: trance on 8/3/2006 3:19:25 PM*** Reason: add
Today while having lunch at a food court with my 2 kids the woman at the next table proceeded to breastfeed her daughter. She did not use a blanket (I couldn't either for my son he hated it). I had to look really, really hard to see if that was indeed what she was doing.
I guess for some of you and the "hillbillie" woman your mamas forgot to teach you not to stare and mind your own business!
OK, me too! Why would you want to go out to the car or to the bathroom and feed your baby and basically spend the dinner away from your family/spouse/friends? If the people in your party don't think it's a problem, and you don't whip your boob out for everyone to see, what's the big deal? Besides, it's GROSS to feed a bay in the bathroom...would you eat your dinner there? EW! As for those with the "bring a bottle" argument, it really is not recommended to do so if you are breastfeeding until the baby is older. Why? Breastmilk only comes out so fast, and the baby has to work to bring the milk down. Bottles, on the other hand, basically pour milk into the baby's mouth with little effort and then they expect to be fed in that manner all the time. It's called "nipple confusion", and we see it all the time in the hospital. Seriously, there will always be something that someone else finds offensive, and you have to chose your battles in which to fight for...Great job gunny, and congrats to you and the Mrs.!
Gunny.sorry you had to deal with a mentally unstable woman that was offened that your baby was being fed! Maybe someone should with hold her food untill she cried! Of course maybe her mother didnt brestfeed her and her mental abilities didnt quite form correctly.
As you can see.. I suppport breast feeding your child and even in public. I fed all my children that way and luckily was never told not to. With my post partem I may have flipped on someone caling me out on something so insane. Congratulations on the skin baby and your wife is doing the best thing for your child.