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Do you think shopping malls should have the right to ask moms not to breast-feed in public?

ABC News Money 2013/01/09 20:42:52
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  • Melizmatic 2013/01/10 17:37:30 (edited)
    No.
    Melizmatic
    +12
    To do so constitutes discrimination in most states.


    Breast feeding isn't sexual, its the body's natural way of giving sustenance to one's offspring.

    Pumping isn't a viable option for everyone and no one, of any age, should have to eat 10 feet away from public toilets.

    If it 'offends' you, avert your eyes and mind your own damn business.



    breast feeding isnt sexual

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  • liz 2013/01/26 19:32:58
    Yes.
    liz
    As a mom, & now a mother of 3 teenagers 2 boys,
    There is no need for us to see that in public,
    Pump before you go to the mall... Sorry personally think its not something everyone should have to see
  • Tordgaard 2013/01/22 23:19:33
    Yes.
    Tordgaard
    I'm voting a weak Yes because it is their right to have rules on their property - but wouldn't it just be so much easier not to have rules prohibiting a mother from discreetly feeding her child?
  • Bronar 2013/01/14 01:18:46
    No.
    Bronar
    +1
    America's a little too hung up on acceptable nudity.
  • Casey 2013/01/12 05:54:11
    Yes.
    Casey
    +2
    However I believe they should offer a place for a breastfeeding mom to feed her baby like babies r us
  • lucythetooth 2013/01/12 03:41:18
    No.
    lucythetooth
    +1
    Those fleshy mounds stuck to the front of women? Their express purpose is to nourish the young of our species. How is putting them to that purpose offensive in any way?
  • being me 2013/01/12 01:51:32
    Yes.
    being me
    +2
    It's commercial property but is still owned by a company. This allows them to set policies within reason.
  • **Bessie** 2013/01/11 19:20:06
    I don't know.
    **Bessie**
    I don't care either. If a Mom feels "fulfilled" whipping it out and feeding the kid in public, let her get her jollies. I like jollies. Personally, I'd go to a more private area...but the ones that insist on their right to do it in public, I always feel they have other motives. Heah, but that is just me.
  • jimrthy BN-0 2013/01/11 18:55:13
    Yes.
    jimrthy BN-0
    +1
    Of course, customers also have the right to boycott any businesses that stupid.
  • Ashley 2013/01/11 15:24:50
    Yes.
    Ashley
    It is not a public place, they can ask them not to.
  • Melicio... Ashley 2013/01/11 16:45:43
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    +3
    Actually, they cannot. It is against the law.
  • Mark 2013/01/11 14:34:17
    No.
    Mark
    +2
    Ever walk away from a coffee stand at the Mall , and realize ya didn't put enough creamer in it - Heay Mom , can ya help me out ?
    Just joking , being a male ...
  • Melizmatic Mark 2013/01/11 16:54:41
  • Mark 2013/01/11 09:16:32
    No.
    Mark
    +6
    People walk on by when some one collapses or is getting attacked, but feel riled and offended when a woman feeds her baby. Strange world.
  • Chris- ... Mark 2013/01/11 19:41:07
    Chris- Demon of the PHAET
    +3
    Good point.
  • stevmackey 2013/01/11 05:50:30
    No.
    stevmackey
    +2
    That is a basic human right.
  • wildcat 2013/01/11 04:24:16
    No.
    wildcat
    +3
    good lord what is this world coming to. Breast feeding is natural.
  • Linkums 2013/01/11 04:00:30
    Yes.
    Linkums
    Private business, yada yada.
  • lucky 2013/01/11 03:59:11 (edited)
    I don't know.
    lucky
    +1
    A baby when its done modestly and discreetly no problem but then some moms go to the extreme for an extremely long time.

    http://blogs.discovery.com/.a...

    breastfeeding 6 year old
  • User Deactivated 2013/01/11 02:33:49
    No.
    User Deactivated
    +3
    If they do, breastfeeding mothers should not shop there ever again.
  • Kat 2013/01/11 02:04:35
    No.
    Kat
    +3
    It's natural,and more so then bottle feeding!
  • Feria~Badass of PHAET~ 2013/01/11 00:45:39
    No.
    Feria~Badass of PHAET~
    +7
    People act as if it's unnatural, or like they've never seen a breast before. It's either that, or a screaming child, you choose.
  • Kate 2013/01/10 23:05:20
    I don't know.
    Kate
    +1
    I am a firm proponent of breast feeding (breast fed all but one of my children and not that one only because she was too tiny and didn't tolerate breast milk (she kept throwing up after feedings and needed ultra-high calorie formula and that had to be thickened with baby cereal so she didn't throw it up). However, this is a tough subject. There is a way to breast feed in public without being "in your face" about it. There are special capes that you can purchase or even easier, you can place a blanket over your shoulder to shield your breasts from exposure. In my opinion, breast-feeding "modestly" in public is fine.
  • les_gvt 2013/01/10 20:25:30
    Yes.
    les_gvt
    +1
    or at least have the decency to cover themselves
  • JDLogan 2013/01/10 20:11:33
    Yes.
    JDLogan
    +1
    I think it is a bad business decision, but I think business owners should be free to make their own decisions. I think it is better to know if you are doing business with small minded (or dumb) people, or whether they are actually open minded (or at least intelligent) without the law forcing them into hiding their true selves. Market pressures should be sufficient to ensure everyone has someplace to shop.
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2013/01/10 20:01:02
    Yes.
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +2
    It is private property so they can make the rules - Most have a lounge area where this can be done without any complaints and most women cover up with a blanket - no big deal
  • LittleMistersMom 2013/01/10 19:31:25
    No.
    LittleMistersMom
    +9
    It's illegal. Bottom line. Babies have to eat too, and a vast number of consumers are breastfeeding mothers who don't want to be confined to their house 24 hours a day. I am a breastfeeding mother, and have done so in public several times. However, I am modest about it, use a cover up, and don't expose myself. I've never had anyone ask me not to breastfeed my child in any of the places: restaurants, stores, miniature golfing, heck even a hockey game. I'm pretty discreet about it and have even carried on conversations without the person knowing what I was doing. I had one lady ask if she could see my baby...I politely told her he was nursing and when he was done I would "bring him out". She laughed and thought it was awesome I was feeding him and no one even noticed.
  • Blunder... LittleM... 2013/01/10 22:08:53 (edited)
    BlunderWoman ~ FTGOP~ BN 0
    +9
    Personally, I never used a cover-up, because both of my kids as babies would rip off (then throw and/or wave around) whatever covering I attempted to use, and actually drew a lot more attention to the fact that I was nursing than the times I just used a nursing shirt and a sling. I was certainly never "immodest", though.

    The only time I ever got a complaint was when an old woman at the mall was nosy and pulled back the edge of the sling before I could stop her. It was her fault she got an eye-full though. Not mine.
  • Melizmatic Blunder... 2013/01/10 22:32:13
    Melizmatic
    +9
    Wow; I think I might have intentionally squirted her in the eye for being nosy and rude.
  • Chris- ... Melizmatic 2013/01/11 00:13:07
    Chris- Demon of the PHAET
    +4
    lol...
  • Melizmatic Chris- ... 2013/01/11 00:14:15
    Melizmatic
    +4
    I'm only partly joking.

    The range on a pair of 'fully functioning' tits is formidable.

    ;-)

    *lolz
  • Chris- ... Melizmatic 2013/01/11 00:17:41
  • Blunder... Melizmatic 2013/01/11 15:24:22
    BlunderWoman ~ FTGOP~ BN 0
    +4
    You know, I was honestly more upset that she made my son wake up. He was teething and had been very fussy. Hopefully she'll think twice before invading someone's personal space while screeching "Ohhh! Look at the lil' sleeping angel!".
    Lol.
  • Melizmatic Blunder... 2013/01/11 16:43:37
    Melizmatic
    +3
    *chucklez
  • LittleM... Blunder... 2013/01/11 16:56:49
    LittleMistersMom
    +4
    LOL! I know what you mean. I use the sling quite a bit too. It's nice to walk through WalMart. The baby can nurse, and you don't have all kinds of random people trying to touch your baby. That bugs the heck out of me! Just because I have a cute kid does not mean you need to touch them!
  • Blunder... LittleM... 2013/01/11 17:43:54
    BlunderWoman ~ FTGOP~ BN 0
    +3
    I know! What is wrong with people?! I'd never try to touch someone's kid without their permission.
  • Melizmatic Blunder... 2013/01/11 19:15:36
    Melizmatic
    +1
    Right?
  • Eddie_DOMA_is_dead 2013/01/10 19:14:53
  • Chris- Demon of the PHAET 2013/01/10 19:09:40
    No.
    Chris- Demon of the PHAET
    +5
    It's natural. Don't like it? Don't look.
  • Patriot Unit 2013/01/10 19:07:02
    No.
    Patriot Unit
    +6
    As far as I am concerned a woman who is breast feeding a child, has a right to do it where ever and when every the child is in need. Their is nothing dirty or disgusting about breast feeding your child in public, most women I know do it with some discretion, And I've never been distressed by seeing a child clamped to a breast. As that is normally all you see. And even if you did see a nipple its no different than seeing a rubber one. As that is the main purpose of a breast in the first place. Its a baby bottle covered in skin, get over it. I see far more disgusting things, just watching people walk around in Wal-Mart. or the Safeway. And I also don't think that a breast feeding woman should have no other option that to take the child to the rest room to feed it. To me that is more degrading and disgusting that feeding the child at the table, or on a mall bench.

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