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(11,665 posts)
Mon Sep 1, 2014, 04:15 PM Sep 2014

What Do You Do With A Hungry Baby When You're Out Shopping? This Mom's Prepared...

Most mothers probably wouldn't choose to do this in public, but there's nothing so urgent as a squalling baby. It is legal, but, unfortunately, some people don't seem to know that.

Countries around the world, including the U.S., have passed laws to protect women's right to breast-feed in public places. Unfortunately, this hasn't ended the harassment many women have experienced. I originally encountered this crafty comic on a website for crocheting accompanied by photos of this inspired creation:

Read more about why supporting breast-feeding in public is important to supporting breast-feeding anywhere.


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What Do You Do With A Hungry Baby When You're Out Shopping? This Mom's Prepared... (Original Post) Playinghardball Sep 2014 OP
The PERFECT solutions! CaliforniaPeggy Sep 2014 #1
moral police heaven05 Sep 2014 #2
Kicked and recommended! Enthusiast Sep 2014 #3
I saw a science report about something called Deomodes (I think thats roguevalley Sep 2014 #4
I did not need to know that. enlightenment Sep 2014 #8
Your entire body is a living planet WHEN CRABS ROAR Sep 2014 #9
I often wonder if we are billions of tiny living things living on something that can't see us Voice for Peace Sep 2014 #11
As above, so below. WHEN CRABS ROAR Sep 2014 #13
I think so, too. Voice for Peace Sep 2014 #14
Or hugging and kissing your baby, etc. Ilsa Sep 2014 #15
K&R ReRe Sep 2014 #5
There are a few listed on Ravelry ... surrealAmerican Sep 2014 #6
Thank you!!!!! ReRe Sep 2014 #7
Brilliant! cvoogt Sep 2014 #10
I wonder if we had more moms feeding from their breasts in public and around glowing Sep 2014 #12
Lots of breastfed babies get fed before the "squalling" Ilsa Sep 2014 #16
When my sons were babies and I was breast-feeding, SheilaT Sep 2014 #17
here's a question... kag Sep 2014 #18
When my boys were little Bettie Sep 2014 #19


(148,908 posts)
1. The PERFECT solutions!
Mon Sep 1, 2014, 04:20 PM
Sep 2014

It takes a certain sort of confrontational mother to be able to do either of these. I couldn't have.

But I really respect those who can!




(18,124 posts)
2. moral police
Mon Sep 1, 2014, 05:15 PM
Sep 2014

and their goddamn faux prudishness. Such hypocrisy!!!! Sickening what has happened in this country since 1776....as an arbitrary starting pointing....pick anyone you desire.......disgusting BS. Baby's have been fed since the beginning of babies. I was pleasantly pleased. I was in Meijer and a woman was on the front bench breast feeding.....no one batted an eye. The media has done this shit us.


(40,656 posts)
4. I saw a science report about something called Deomodes (I think thats
Mon Sep 1, 2014, 05:25 PM
Sep 2014

what they're called. I was too grossed out to really remember.) They are mites that live on your face. They have a long tail, tiny feet and live on the oil there. They eat until they explode (they have no defecating body parts) , which they are thinking might be connected as a cause for rosacea. They are on every adult person over 18 to a degree of 100%. One of the leading ways to transmit them is through best feeding.

Science. GAH!


(8,830 posts)
8. I did not need to know that.
Mon Sep 1, 2014, 06:02 PM
Sep 2014

I was resigned to knowing that there are mites that live on our skin and eyelashes, etc. I now have to find a way to live knowing that they are exploding on my face.

As for transmission via breast feeding - presumably the tyke is going to get them somehow, so it really makes little difference how . . .

*going away now, to try and bleach the image of miniature exploding oil consumers from my brain.*


Voice for Peace

(13,141 posts)
11. I often wonder if we are billions of tiny living things living on something that can't see us
Mon Sep 1, 2014, 07:09 PM
Sep 2014

and living off of it, not only on it.


(61,633 posts)
15. Or hugging and kissing your baby, etc.
Mon Sep 1, 2014, 08:06 PM
Sep 2014

I don't see why breastfeeding is a "leading" mode of transmission here.

Unless baby is going to live in a sterile bubble, people need to think about health priorities: deny the benefits of breastfeeding to delay transmission of these critters for what, a year or two?


(10,597 posts)
5. K&R
Mon Sep 1, 2014, 05:34 PM
Sep 2014

I want the crochet pattern to that baby hat! I'm having baby nieces and nephews all over the place and that looks pretty quick to make.


(11,318 posts)
6. There are a few listed on Ravelry ...
Mon Sep 1, 2014, 05:44 PM
Sep 2014

... if you're a member there. Just search infant hats with the word "breast". A few of them are even free patterns.


(949 posts)
10. Brilliant!
Mon Sep 1, 2014, 06:56 PM
Sep 2014

I don't understand people who get uptight over this sort of thing. What is more natural? Everyone was once a baby.



(12,233 posts)
12. I wonder if we had more moms feeding from their breasts in public and around
Mon Sep 1, 2014, 07:19 PM
Sep 2014

their young sons, if it wouldn't eventually change society's idea around the breast in general? Would it take away the over-sexualization of the breast? And would women eventually stop trying to manipulate their bodies to form some "perfection" of what they think society thinks of the female breast? If you yhink about it, augmenting the breast to add foreign objects to them and make them larger and perfectly round is a really odd thing to do. I totally understand the need to decrease breast size for overly enlarged women (like myself who end up with back aches and shoulder issues because of the weight), but to add to a breast to make them larger... It just blows my mind that anyone would think they should need to enhance their breasts.

Anyway, I do hope more and more women can choose to breast feed and do so when their babies are hungry. I really wish even more that we had sane family planning types of policies in America that would allow a mom to take a year of pd time off to be a mother and allow for breast feeding in that first year with their child. And that we had daycare centers that were govt funded like our schools are for a safe, free, and helpful environment for children after that fist year (and for rural areas or Moms working 2nd and 3rd shifts, a voucher to help pay for a sitter).

Our world is doomed to continue to operate as a capitalistic supply sided economic enterprise. Between technology improvements taking away manual labor jobs and our finite resources available on this planet, we really should be thinking about govt's providing a baseline economic "living subsidy". It would make so much more sense to issue a living credit for the ability to live... Jobs after that baseline, would be "extra" to pay taxes and save for college and retirement and new vehicles...

There should be a manner in which society can enjoy the technological advances, have more time to care for their families, explore the world they live on, re-educate theirselves, "retire" at a decent age, enjoy access to medical advancements, live in peace sharing resources and protecting valuable resources, changing out our energy sources to solar and wind etc, and being able to do the simplest of things like bonding with one's child while giving them lunch.

It really is time to re-think society and the way in which we live. What are we passing on to our children? A stinky, ugly, war torn world with so much chaos and only a few people enjoying the best of the best?


(61,633 posts)
16. Lots of breastfed babies get fed before the "squalling"
Mon Sep 1, 2014, 08:09 PM
Sep 2014

Starts. They start rooting for the breast, and most moms get started before the crying starts. Crying babies have a harder time getting latched on properly and they tend to swallow more air.



(23,156 posts)
17. When my sons were babies and I was breast-feeding,
Mon Sep 1, 2014, 08:52 PM
Sep 2014

I did it in public lots of times. No one ever asked me not to, and I would not have stopped if asked. If my kid's hungry, he's going to get fed.

Just imagine if the breast-feeding Nazi's (and sadly there are some out there) were to confront every mom who is giving her baby a bottle because she's feeding them that way.

I will say that in hot weather I do get concerned when I see a toddler walking around with what looks like a bottle of milk, because I'm worried the milk will spoil. But I don't confront and I'd only speak about my concern if the mom were already a friend of mine.


(4,074 posts)
18. here's a question...
Mon Sep 1, 2014, 10:09 PM
Sep 2014

I remember being really uptight and embarrassed when I was breastfeeding. Frankly, it was more about me than anyone around me, and I wish I had been more relaxed about it. I live in a pretty enlightened community, and people don't generally get worked up about breastfeeding in public. The only person who ever made me MORE uncomfortable by her attitude was my mother-in-law.

But here's my question: If I do see someone breastfeeding in public, is there anything I can say or do that would help them understand that I find it perfectly fine and even healthy for the baby? The only thing I've ever said to anyone was when I was volunteering at the library and a young mom was nursing while using one of the computers. I just asked her if I could get her some water, but I think she appreciated it. Still, it would be nice to put people at ease, and it's hard for me to think of anything anyone could have said to me that might have made me relax (although I wish someone had).


(15,894 posts)
19. When my boys were little
Tue Sep 2, 2014, 07:39 AM
Sep 2014

I breastfed in public often.

Lucky for me, no one ever said anything. None of mine liked to be covered and really, once baby is latched on, all you can really see is the baby's head and maybe a bit of stomach.

I don't get why people get all upset about a natural function.

But the hats are very cute!

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