Breastfeeding in public has been a controversial topic for a long time coming. A lot of people find it rude, insensitive and offensive while others see absolutely nothing wrong with it. This topic has sparked so many debates all over the world, to the extent that it has been banned in some countries.
For a country like Nigeria, breastfeeding in public isn’t a crime, however the mother of the child often receives stares of disgust from other people. So is it really wrong or right? We asked some women and this is what they had to say.
“ Women’s breasts are depicted as sexual objects everywhere in the media, but the minute you take them out of a sexual context and people see them being used for what they are truly meant for—to feed a baby—everyone gets all crazy and wants us to cover up and hide. I nursed all five of my children, where I wanted and when I wanted. Yes, I used a blanket and was discreet, but that was because of my modesty.
It’s not something any woman should feel obligated to do.” — Temitope Adelakin.
“I think breastfeeding is great, but have some class in doing so. Cover up with a blanket or something. Some people just take advantage of this topic and do not bother covering up just to get some attention. I breastfed my children with a blanket or under a large cardigan, especially because of my religion” — Amina Mohammed
“A woman should have the right to do it anywhere. She can’t just not feed her child! As for whether every woman should feel comfortable doing it anywhere, I don’t think anyone can say. Some will want to do it anywhere; some will want to do it in private. No one can speak for all women.- Christiana Ibekwe
“If you’ve got a problem with someone feeding their child in the most natural way because it’s offensive, I think it’s you that has the problem—not the breast feeding.” —Itohan Osakwe
“It should be done discreetly, if possible. If we were out, we’d go to our car. My husband would find us a shady secluded spot so I’d have some privacy. If we were at someone’s home, I’d ask if I could use one of their bedrooms, or I’d turn a chair around with my back to everyone and nurse. It’s a natural function. It’s not sexual and shouldn’t be seen as such.” —Kayinsola Faleti
“Breastfeeding is something special shared between a mother and their child, but respect the fact that other people don’t want to see it, don’t need to see it, and may be uncomfortable being unwittingly subjected to your choices. Be respectful, and exercise some level of basic social etiquette is all!” —Ihuoma Irofuala
“Breastfeeding is normal and healthy, but throwing your boob out in front of random people is not. I breastfed but never forgot my nursing cover! It’s not just respect for you but also common courtesy to everyone else out there!” — Eno Akpan.
So, what do you think? Should women breastfeed in public? Tell us what you think in the comment section below!