So I’m out the other night with some friends and my new 2.5 week old daughter who is exclusively breastfed. As we arrive at the restaurant and my daughter is frantically rooting around, the controversial question arises, should I breastfeed in public at our table or not? Going to the car, which I sometimes do was not really an option this time because it was in a parking deck a few blocks away. With our location being a bit more on the fancy side I opted to head to the bathroom in hopes it would have at least a comfy chair to sit in. I get to the bathroom and am met with no comfy chair, only some empty stalls with toilets that have no lids. So it’s either stand or sit on the nasty toilet (thank goodness they were not the automatic flush kind)! I chose to save my back and sit, all the while “enjoying” the flushes of the many other women coming in to use the toilet for what it is meant to be used for.
Why must a breastfeeding mother isolate herself in a bathroom, car, or other strange place just to keep from offending others by breastfeeding in public? Sure, they have the “hooter hiders” and various other nursing cover-ups, but that almost draws more attention to yourself than just simply feeding with no “hooter hider”.
Shouldn’t it be mandatory for all public places to have some kind of designated area for nursing mothers (or at least a comfortable chair in the bathroom) to go to for a little comfort and privacy? Thank you Babies R Us and a few other department stores for providing such a place!