Should Public Breastfeeding Be More Welcome? Public Places? Essay

798 Words Aug 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
Public breastfeeding, when brought up, is often a controversial topic and many question if it should be legal to do so in public places. So let’s look at it this way, if a bottle fed infant can eat publicly, a breastfed infant should also have these same rights. I have never wanted to go in an unsanitary place such as a public restroom to nurse my baby, and other mothers certainly shouldn’t be forced to do so either. Because of this, many mothers feel they have to stay stuck at home all day, afraid their baby will get hungry while they 're out and about, sometimes resulting in postpartum depression. Facts are, newborns have needs just like every other human alive when it comes to eating, and almost all infants need to eat every 2-3 hours no matter where you’re at. Nursing babies should be more welcome in public places than a screaming baby who only needs to eat. “In a recent survey, the international formula council asked moms with kids under 12 months why they would not breast feed. Most cited medical reasons, followed by going back to work, problems with the baby’s latching on and concerns about the baby’s not getting enough food” (Springer, Karen). Breast feeding seems almost taboo this day and age and mothers find public breastfeeding hard so they need our support as a society to overcome this hurdle. Shaming new mothers make them less confident and embarrassed about something so simple and innocent. Most of these negative views of public breastfeeding seem to be that…

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