If you are breastfeeding in public, can someone tell you to cover up or stop?

even if you are covered by a blanket and/or are not showing anything?


Asked by Anonymous at 2:18 AM on Dec. 12, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Well, I guess they have the right to say it, but you don't have to listen. People can say whatever they want but as far as I know, breastfeeding in public is not against the law in any State ( I could be wrong). I'm curious as to why you posted anon. This is a really good question. If you are a breast feeder, you should be proud of it.

    Answer by Rebecca7708 at 2:30 AM on Dec. 12, 2008

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  • Nope it's not illegal anywhere unless you are indecent about it. But being you used a blanket to cover up, there's nothing anybody can say or do. If anybody says anything, just be like, how do you even know I'm breastfeeding and why is it any of your damn business? At least you feed your kids! Be proud!

    Answer by srhmldndo at 2:34 AM on Dec. 12, 2008

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  • It is your right to bf your baby anywhere. I would print out a copy of your states bfing laws and show it to the person saying this and threaten a lawsuit. If you are being discreet about it then you're within your rights, even if you can still see your boob you're within your rights!!

    Answer by MarlyeGirl at 2:42 AM on Dec. 12, 2008

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  • I don't see any difference between being covered by a blanket and being covered by a shirt. As long as the breastfeeding mom is not walking around fully exposed there should be no issue at all. The people who are bothered by a covered bfing mom are the ones with the issue. I walk around naked under my clothes all the time and it is yet to bother someone : )

    Answer by AnnaMac at 2:46 AM on Dec. 12, 2008

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  • Oh and BTW there are plenty of women and girls who walk around showing WAY more skin than a breastfeeding mom. They should be treated as outcasts and told to go somewhere private just as much as a breastfeeding mom.

    Answer by AnnaMac at 2:48 AM on Dec. 12, 2008

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  • speaking of that i went to wal-mart the other day and this lady was walking around with the baby under her shirt and BF him/her and you could see her belly and i was like she could of used a blanket but i didnt tell her nothing . but im sure she got some weird looks maybe even comments on that.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:49 AM on Dec. 12, 2008

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  • People can say whatever they want. Legally though, you have the right to nurse in public places, as long as you are being discreet about it - lol - no whipping your top off in the restaurant ;-)


    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 3:08 AM on Dec. 12, 2008

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  • breastfeeding isn't illegal in any state that i know of (check the laws) most states have laws protecting bf moms and yes SOME women do show WAY more breast then a bf mom does/would.

    Answer by Aniyunwiya at 3:26 AM on Dec. 12, 2008

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  • There are only two or three states that dont have any laws about breastfeeding. And the ones that do. most say you can any where you are legally allowed to be( public or private). Go to the LLL website and look up your state laws to see. IMHO the ones that say something are stupid. Breastfeeding is natural. People don't go around telling FF moms to go some where private! Your baby is hungry and should get to eat where ever you are. Bathrooms are disgusting!!! It is not for feeding your baby in. And if you choose to BF without a blanket then that is your choice. I personally stay covered, sometimes with out a blanket if I have a BF shirt on. But when some one has told me to cover up or go somewhere else I either give them this card I have that states the laws here or offer them a blanket for their head (especially when it is to warm for my little one to be under a blanket)

    Answer by clovismommy25 at 4:07 AM on Dec. 12, 2008

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  • Nope! You are feeding your child. It's 100% natural. It's just rude to ask a breastfeeding mother to leave!

    Answer by srenee1988 at 5:24 AM on Dec. 12, 2008

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