Dozens of women in Vancouver flooded into a shopping mall, lifted their shirts, unsnapped their maternity bras, and latched their babies onto their breasts for a public “nurse-in.”

The women were protesting after a Vancouver mother was asked to retreat to a dressing room to nurse her baby.

The incident is just another flare-up in the tension between mothers who breastfeed in the open, and public squeamishness about the sight.

Another Vancouver woman, breastfeeing on a plane, had a blanket thrown over her by a flight attendant. The attendant explained that some of the public, particularly men, find the sight of a bare breast quite offensive.

One Vancouver woman was ambivalent: “I know its natural. There are a lot of natural things in life but we don’t have to air them publicly. If it’s discreet I don’t care. But some people find it embarrassing to find somebody’s breast exposed.

Do you find public breastfeeding embarrassing?

Should the practice be banned?


  1. 1
    Chimera Says:

    “Do you find public breastfeeding embarrassing?”


    “Should the practice be banned?”


    News flash, people: For those of you not up-to-date with “public decency” laws, BC does not require a woman to cover her breasts in public, whether she’s got a kid attached to one of them or not.

    Personally, I’m getting more and more “offended” myself at the level of stoopid coming from so-called grown-ups. Like everything else, if you don’t want to see it, don’t look. But who’s in charge of telling me (or anyone else) what I can’t look at?

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    Heidi Gulatee Says:

    I would not have breastfed in public. But that was 30 years ago and I was raised in Europe.
    But I find it fine that young ladies that feel comfortabel to feed their babies anywhere in public do so. It is certainly not embarassing.I also agree with Chimera that who does not want to see does not have to look.

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