Lifestyle, Uncategorized Breastfeeding in the Parks and In Public December 21, 2011

I know that this is a strange way to start my first post,
but a friend posted an article on FaceBook about a young lady who was humiliated
because she was breastfeeding her baby in a Target store. I have to say that I
was a bit disappointed, because I love Target, and I assumed they would be more
accommodating instead of taking the route they did.
That got me to thinking about my own experiences with
breastfeeding my two children. I remember breastfeeding (covered) in public and
never got harassed or asked to leave a certain establishment. Is it just luck,
or did they just recognize my rights to breastfeed my child?
I have breastfed while on vacation at Disney World, and on
the Disney Cruise. Again, I have never been harassed in any way. Thankfully, my
experiences were pleasant. As the children got older, I did utilize the Baby
Care Centers located within the Disney Parks, one time. Not because I was embarrassed,
but because my youngest was really squirmy and any covering I had, would no
longer be a covering :).
The Baby Care Center was clean, convenient and allowed me to have some much
needed rest from the weather elements. 
While we were on the Disney Wonder for Christmas 2008, my son was 6
months old. Breastfeeding was so much easier, because our stateroom was in a
convenient location. However, I did see other mom’s breastfeeding in public and
again (to my knowledge) they were able to do it in peace.  Just one of the many reason, I appreciate
Disney.
As an African-American woman, I would never change my
decision to breastfeed. It is one of the best decisions that my husband and I
made when we found out we were pregnant with Kelsey.  I made the personal choice to breastfeed in a
way that I was comfortable with. Other mothers have that same right.  Going into a restroom or dressing room was
not an option for me, because if I would not eat my lunch in a bathroom or
dressing room, why would I feed my baby there.
In my opinion, I do not have an opinion about breastfeeding
in public, because it is a personal choice. It is sad that there are mothers out there that have to endure this. Hopefully, with time, things may change for
the better.

10 Comments

  • Mrs. G posted on December 21, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Great post, Especially since I am breastfeeding now and have yet to be out in public to do so.

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  • Carrie posted on December 21, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Way to go, Raquel! I'm diggin' the new post and blog. Who was this fabulous, beautiful, intelligent friend who posted the Target article? 😉

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  • Raquel Cummings posted on December 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Mrs G. Thanks. Do not worry, you will find what works for you. I breastfed Kelsey for 10 months and Dudie for 15 months.I'm not an expert, but if you have any questions let me know – I managed to master the art of BF-ing with those two :o).

    Carrie, I agree, that friend is truly awesome and all those things ;o). By the way… Thanks :o)!! That was my inspiration.

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  • Michelle posted on December 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Right on!!! I feel the same way about being breastfeed a baby without being harrased by others. I have never understood why people will accept seeing a skimly dressed woman with half of her chest hanging out,but they have a problem with a woman doing the most natural thing in the world. It just shows me how far removed we have gotten from reality and instead like to uphold social graces that do not mean a hill of beans…..just appearances only….just saying!

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  • Jessica @ a new adventure posted on December 21, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Way to go!! No one should be harassed about breast feeding.

    Jessica @ http://www.anewadventureblog.com

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  • momto8 posted on December 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I agree..I have breastfeed all my babies in public..that is some of the beauty of nursing.. Antime, anywhere… I am a new follower from MBC pls follow back if you can!

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  • Carolina posted on December 30, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Great post! I'm a mom of 7yrs old girl that I breastfed until she was 2 1/2yr and I also have a 15 mo old boy, that I breastfed until he was 5 mo. I'm originally from Brazil and here breastfeeding is a natural thing, we just pop out the boobs and feed our babies in banks, stores, public transportation and nobody seems to be bothered. But I raised my daughter in the USA and now we live in Europe, different story. My husband is European and says its a jungle thing to just put your boobs out to feed the babies. My opnion is: babies need to be breastfed and if a store is bothered by a mom breastfeeding in public they should offer a baby/mom area where moms could have chairs to breastfeed there.A lot of the malls in Brazil have this baby room where they have changing tables, comfortable chairs for moms to breastfeed their babies. New follower from BloggyMoms. Carolina
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  • DebrasDollars posted on December 30, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I love your blog and I'm your newest GFC & Twitter follower and I'm stopping by from Finding New Friends Weekend Blog Hop. Thanks for following me.

    I never breast fed but, I totally agree with you. It is a mothers choice to do it, and it should be allowed in public without harassment or embarrassment because it is natural. If I would have breast fed I wouldn't have gone to a bathroom either because you're right if you aren't going to eat their why should your baby. Thank you for sharing your article. Have a safe and Happy New Year.

    ~Debra
    http://debrasdollars.blogspot.com/

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  • christymg posted on December 31, 2011 at 2:33 am

    I breastfed my son for a year, and while I never had any problems I tended to shy away from nursing in public not because I was embarrassed but because of the attitudes of those around me. As a society we need to stop thinking of breasts as only a sexual object and encourage and accept the natural act of breastfeeding. Glad that more and more women are addressing this issue. Following you back.

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