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The Big Cover-Up On Breastfeeding

The Big Cover-Up On Breastfeeding

Even if you haven’t been "keeping up with the Kardashians" you probably know the infamy of the Kardashian name.  The celebutante Kardashian sisters who starred in a reality show about their family have a knack for keeping themselves in the limelight.  But most recently, Kim Kardashian has gotten her name in the headlines for something no one expected, modesty.

A recent report from CBS News talks about some recent Tweets Kim Kardashian posted to her Twitter account that has gotten her into a heap of trouble with breastfeeding activists.  Apparently, Kim Kardashian was dining at a restaurant and found it offensive when a woman sitting near her breastfed her baby without covering up. 

She posted this to her Twitter, "Eww, I’m at lunch, the woman at the table next 2 me is breastfeeding her baby with no cover-up then puts baby on the table and changes her diaper."  Many find it hard to believe that a woman who posed nude for Playboy in 2007 would take offense to someone breastfeeding in public.  Kardashian began to receive flack from "lactivists" and later defended herself by saying there is nothing wrong with breastfeeding if you cover up while doing so. 

The debate on whether women should have to cover up while breastfeeding in public is longstanding.  Activists who feel women should not have to cover up have been taking part in demonstrations for many years.  Barbara Walters mentioning on air a few years ago that she doesn’t like to see women breastfeeding on airplanes sparked a controversy that led to 200 women in the act of breastfeeding waiting for Walters outside the ABC broadcasting studios.

Whether you agree that women should have the right to breastfeed without covering themselves or not, it seems the law usually takes the side of the breastfeeding mom.  There are now explicit laws in 44 states that say women can breastfeed in any public space.

What do you think of the latest controversy Kim Kardashian sparked when she Tweeted about breastfeeding in public?

Do you think women should have to cover up while breastfeeding in public?

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  • mardel By mardel

    I agree with kjvonkamp this topic is old and let's move on! Breastfeeding a baby is such a special gift that not everyone women has or will ever have the pleasure of experiencing! Women should be able to breast feed their baby anywhere and any time just please be courteous and cover up, mommy's! Not everybody is comfortable seeing a baby being breast feed and for us with little children it would be hard to explain what is happening! Thanks

  • jrosales721 By jrosales721

    I breastfeed my daughter, who is now going on 5 yrs old, for the first 6 months. I did have to breastfeed in public but always covered up. I mean hey I do not want everyone seeing my boob out in public. Now some friends of mine are breastfeeding their newly born children and I purchased a very cute cover up for each of them to use while they are out and about and need to breastfeed. I am sorry but women need to cover up when they breast feed and USE the rest room to change your child not a table.

  • polishchicagoqueen By polishchicagoqueen

    In Europe, this is no big deal to nurse in public. I cannot believe people get offended by this! Its a personal choice, and it is completely legal to nurse in public! I agree, why is this such an issue? I see so many women dressed up in next to nothing in the hot summer months, with their boobs and butts hanging out. MOST women do use a cover like Hooter Hiders in public. I personally felt more comfortable with a cover, every time. Most places have areas where women can nurse in a somewhat private area. Going into a dirty public restroom is completely disgusting, and I would rather see a woman on a bench without a cover, than in a dirty bathroom to please someone who might get disgusted! Changing a child on a restaurant table though, is completely DISGUSTING and trashy. I know how dirty the tables are, and people are lucky if it gets wiped down with a wet washrag! Change the kid in the car!

  • bourmanfamily By bourmanfamily

    It is not like Kim was saying she doesn't like breastfeeding she just said she felt that the lady should have covered up and I think she was more outraged by the fact the lady changed the diaper on the table. That was very rude to do especially in a public eating establishment. It is unsanitary and could cause problems. As for breastfeeding, I think it is right if the person who is doing that is comfortable doing it but a cover up would be appreciated it. We can't just walk down the street without covering our breasts why should it be any different with a baby attached? They make cover ups now that are stylish and chic. I guess to each their own though.

  • rbarker By rbarker

    I have breast fed my children. I chose to be discreet and throw a blanket over. I went to Italy and was surprised at the openness of breast feeding. Whip it out and put your kid on. lol The United States has just made it where its obscene for breast to be exposed. I think many people from around the world view breast differently. When you view it as a feeding source then sexual object ... only then will views change.

  • JoyHappy By JoyHappy

    I am going to be a first time mother in about two months and I am already planning on making the proper steps to plan ahead (Brest Pump) or cover up. I dont care who says its natural, it still can make some people uncomfortable and therefore should be considered. I dont want to see mothers doing it with out covering up and i am going to be mother. Its not a beautiful sight for everyones eyes, senor it for you and your husband.

  • cjwonders By cjwonders

    I have no problem breast feeding in public - but I do with her changing her baby on the table in a restaurant! That's why all public restrooms have baby changing areas!

  • gingerphish2002x By gingerphish2002x

    I'm currently nursing my second child. I always have a blankett of sorts in the diaper bag for nursing my son in public. I have also nursed him and my daughter in public without use of a cover. I'm lucky enough to have a mother-in-law who was a lactation consultant for many many years so I have complete support in whatever my decision is on the matter. If I'm in public and it's 100 degrees outside, I'm not going to use a cover and sweat my baby any more then he is already sweating. I have to agree with the previous statement about Europe not having a problem with nursing in public. Do you cover your baby while you're bottle feeding? What if I was to say that bottlefeeding is offensive, does it strike as much a heated debate? Personally, I think that if more women breastfed in public without covers the tolerance levels would increase. I would rather see a nursing mother then your seven year old in a halter and mini skirt.

  • Michele625 By Michele625

    Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing between mother and child. I ALWAYS used a cover when in public nursing my 4 children. I did not feel the need to being attention to myself by nursing without a cover. I agree with the statements above that a lot of women do not use covers to make a statement of their own. Breastfeeding should be honored and respected, but there is nothing wrong with being modest. I always covered for the sake of the people around me. I would actually use the cover from should down my chest, but not cover the baby if it was warm. Changing a baby on a restaurant table, there is just no excuse for that. That is exposing the table to feces and urine, both of which hold bacteria that can be very dangerous, let alone the fact that it is completely inappropriate. use the restroom, they all have baby changing stations.

  • Carolyn220 By Carolyn220

    I don't use a cover.. but i use my shirt and am very discrete. I have no problem with women breastfeeding in public.. the baby has to eat too.. i doubt any of us would like to be banned to the bathroom for eating! But the diaper is gross and unsanitary, no question

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