Sunday, July 15, 2007

Breast-feed in public... What do you think?

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When it comes to breast-feeding, some argue there is a time and a place for it. The topic is a provocative one for parents and even those without children.

But now, 46 states have passed laws allowing woman to breast-feed in public or at least exempt them from prosecution.

But, public opinion hasn't caught up with the law. A recent study found 57 percent of Americans said women should not have the right to breast-feed in public. Seventy-two percent said it was inappropriate to show a woman nursing on television.

For many mothers, it may ultimately be a health issue. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies should be breast fed up to one year. It said the health benefits include fewer food allergies and a stronger immune system.

Baby Talk magazine editor Susan Kane did have some suggestions for woman planning to breast-feed in public:

  • Use a cover up.
  • Feel comfortable while breast feeding. There are lots of products on the market that let moms cover up while nursing.
  • Wear a button-down shirt and nursing bra.
  • Ask permission if you are a guest.
  • As a courtesy, when at a private home or party, ask if it's okay if you breast feed.
  • Stand up for your rights.
  • Don't be ashamed of feeding your baby. In most cultures, it's considered completely normal. Link
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