First by law in our state a Woman can nurse her baby WITH or WITHOUT a cover legally anywhere she is aloud to be. That covers all but the airplane one.
To properly rebut all of these I am posting them in italics with the original text and my rebuttal underneath.
- The Pool -- Might as well start with swimming pools since the mom from Illinois is who got me thinking about breastfeeding in public in the first place. Pools generally have tons of kids in and around them, and as the mom of a 7-year-old, I wouldn't want him splashing around and seeing a mom sitting near the pool with the top of her swimsuit down. I already shudder at the thought of him looking at breasts when he's a teenager, let alone as a second grader.
This is what boobs are for and our society has made them about sex. In the past it has been the Neck, wrist, or even ANKLE! Then it was legs. That said we've gotten past those hangups, Let's move past this America.
"but what do I say to my child? How do I explain it?"
Simple you tell them the baby is drinking mommy's milk that her body makes perfect for baby.
I'd like not to have to explain to my toddler/child that some babies drink formula. But I handled that simply by telling her some babies drink milk in a cup/bottle. She was fine with that explanation.
- Restaurants -- I've seen moms feeding their babies in restaurants on several occasions, and I'm fine with it when they're wearing a coverup. But I do remember one occasion where I looked over at the table next to me in the middle of my meal and saw a boob in its entirety (before the baby had latched on -- so I saw this woman's bare nipple). It made me feel very awkward and uneasy. It was just so ... out there. Didn't have much of an appetite after that.
If it bothers you so much perhaps you should suggest to the owner that they instal a nursing room. I know I would have loved one because nursing a distract-able baby while eating is super annoying but it has to be done sometimes.
- Airplanes -- Yes, I KNOW babies need to eat on the plane as much as anywhere else, but this one honestly has more to do with safety than anything else. With all of the cases of creepy men groping women or hitting on them mid-flight -- the more covered up moms are, the better. Honestly, I'd probably ask the flight attendant to seat me in a row of women if I was a breastfeeding mom.
- Kids' sporting events -- Again, there are just too many children running around, and it's probably not a good idea for them to look to the sidelines and see breasts staring back at them. I just keep thinking about my own child and what he'd think (or say out loud) if he were to see too much skin.
- Church -- It's wonderful when moms want to bring the kids to church and nurture their faith early on. But a coverup is a necessity with a baby in tow. Do I really have to elaborate here?
Being discreet doesn't mean you have to use a giant, animal print, neon, cover to "hide" what you are doing. It means latching baby on quickly and paying attention to thier cues so they don't need to cry to let you know they are hungry. It means making sure your baby is happy and content and not drawing attention to yourself.
Many nursing mom's don't use a cover but instead use the "one shirt up one down" method and find it to work quite well and cover everything.
I myself used this method in church as have many other women.
Any other problems we need to discuss? Leave them in the comments. ;) I'm sure I have a reply for them too.