Women Nurse in Public in Order to Feed their Babies

Women Nurse in Public in Order to Feed their Babies

It seems pretty obvious, at least to those of us who breastfeed. Yet on a daily basis I hear all these other reasons
why women nurse in public: to show off, to make a statement, to offend people, to entice men, to embarrass
other women, to invite sexual predators.
The fact is, breastfed babies need to eat frequently. They need to nurse, on average, anywhere from every 1-3
hours for 5-60 minutes at a time. If you do the math, it’s clear the large percentage of our day we spend feeding
them. If we ever want to leave the house, we need to breastfeed in public.
Reasons Why Women Nurse in Public*
I have never met a breastfeeding mother who feeds her child in public for any reason other than to address the
needs of her nursling. I think most would prefer not to receive special attention for it, to offend anyone, and we
certainly don’t use our breastfeeding to attract sexual attention. In fact, we find the notion of that accusation
very offensive.
Our hope is that one day, seeing a nursing mother at the mall, at the restaurant, at the park, or walking down the
street won’t elicit any response at all. It will just be a normal part of the scenery. Someone will see a mother
breastfeeding her child and the only thought that registers is, “There’s a mother taking care of her hungry baby.”