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How do you honestly feel about breastfeeding in public?

Posted by on Jun. 19, 2014 at 9:25 AM
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Wendy Williams' Hypocritical Breastfeeding Remarks Bite Her in the Butt​ (VIDEO)

by Maressa Brown

wendy williams talk show hostWendy Williams doesn't make a habit of treading lightly on the news of the day, but the talk show host is currently facing serious backlash for one strong, controversial conviction. While discussing Karlesha Thurman, the college grad who posted a picture of herself breastfeeding her daughter at her graduation ceremony, Wendy expressed her staunch opposition to breastfeeding in public, stating, "I am all for breastfeeding, but do not like breastfeeding in public. I don’t want to see it at my kitchen table, I don’t want to see it at Target, I don’t want to see it at Starbucks, in the airplane -- and I especially don’t want to see it at graduation.”

Oh boy ... No wonder people are flipping out!

Not only because Wendy's doing absolutely nothing to help fellow women fight rampant breastfeeding discrimination with her remarks, but because she looks like a TOTAL hypocrite. Back in November 2012, Wendy debuted her nude ad campaign for PETA, saying in a statement:

We should all try to be comfortable in our own skin and let the animals keep theirs.

Rrrrright. Comfortable in our own skin, but not so comfortable that we can't feed our little ones while we're trying to go about our lives -- in public? And at the same time, the masses should be perfectly okay with "seeing" Wendy's nude bod on a huge billboard in Times Square! Ridiculous.

It's just plain disheartening. As a strong, outspoken woman with a national platform to express her opinions, Wendy could easily be lending a hand to moms in this country having to fight with their employers to get a safe, clean space to pump, or others who are being harassed and thrown out of courts for trying to nurse their babies while waiting for hours for their case to be heard. If she really was "all for breastfeeding" as she claims, she would be doing what she could to make it easier for moms to do it whenever, wherever, however. Instead, her stubborn lash-out only serves to reinforce a close-minded view. What a shame.

Here's the segment if you missed it ...

 

How do you honestly feel about breastfeeding in public? Does Wendy deserve the backlash she's getting?

by on Jun. 19, 2014 at 9:25 AM
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lady21784
by Member on Jun. 19, 2014 at 10:17 AM
I breastfeed my little one. But I try to cover myself. Which doesnt really happen b/c she always uncover herself. I dont care about others popping out a boob if they are comfortable.
Regina_Falange
by AKA Phoebe Buffay on Jun. 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

 I don't mind if others do it. I do mind if both boobs are out and one is baby free. that's above and beyond.

Personally I HATED doing it. I didn't like nursing anyway, and I hated doing it in public.

creamnsugar227
by New Member on Jun. 19, 2014 at 10:35 AM

I think if you are strong enough to keep up with the breastfeeding, after managing that first awful week of sore nipples, breasts the size of grapefruits and rock hard at times, then you should be allowed to breastfeed where ever you want. That is the only way we can encourage other women to keep going, is if we make it a "non" issue. 

RheaF
by Sweet Insanity on Jun. 19, 2014 at 10:37 AM

 I feel that women should feed how they see fit. Period. My husband will respectfully turn his head or leave the room if a woman is breastfeeding uncovered, and not modestly (meaning, you can clearly see breast and nipple. We have been in situations where some have done this). We would never tell another women she needs to cover or leave. That's not our place. If we are uncomfortable, we will move. Not that hard.

Personally I either cover, or do it modestly by layering. I do it for MY comfort...not really for anyone else though. To be honest, I have gotten more backlash from the BF community for covering, than I have from others because I am breastfeeding (when I was BF DS). I was told that I "feel ashamed of my breasts", and that I am "setting the movment back" because I don't like to expose my cleavage while feeding. I was not aware I was part of a movment, I was just feeding my child,lol.  

Mama2twins2b
by New Member on Jun. 19, 2014 at 10:57 AM
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I think it's wonderful when I see a bf mama in public I take the time to thank her for doing what's best as well as making sure it's being normalized in one of the few countries where it's looked down upon.
mamabyrd86
by Member on Jun. 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM
I'm all for breastfeeding. I don't judge on how others feed their baby. I've breastfed in public, but I always made sure to cover tho because I didn't want to cause a scene wherever I was feeding my baby. I think it's a beautiful thing and don't mind seeing other breastfeed in public, covered or not.
Mommyauntie24
by New Member on Jun. 19, 2014 at 11:27 AM
If I could put my two cents In that conversation this is what I tell them.
1.you can never pump enough to last and its not the same comfort for a baby as the breast
2. I want you to go in a room under a blanket in a bathroom and eat.
3. You stay home for the next year or longer because you can't go anywhere longer then 2 hours because you will need to pump.
4. What's the difference between a bottle and the breast? ? Both are full of milk and feed a baby. Both have nipples. One just is see through.
5. In every other country they walk around topless and feed babies everywhere and all the babies around.
I could keep going but i won't.
I feed my daughter where ever when ever never cover. At the dinner table at home or in a restaurant or shopping doesn't matter I'm lucky to live in a state where the laws are really known and no one had ever said anything to me.

Schnauzerlov869
by New Member on Jun. 19, 2014 at 11:29 AM
I personally feel weird and won't do it but I'll always be fine if others choose to. It's a free country!!!!! I get more annoyed by some of the clothing choices by teen girls these days than innocent feeding of a baby.
MamaBearEH
by Member on Jun. 19, 2014 at 2:22 PM

That the public should be more accomodating and more supportive of breastfeeding women.

mona165
by Member on Jun. 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM
Well I support it 100%, BUT I feel and think in MY OPINION that women should cover up. Atleast the boob, because I seen some moms that show all theyr nipple and the baby isnt even latched on. But then again, some moms do like showing they're boobs. I guess everybody now in days can flash everywhere even were theres little kids. I dont feel strongly about showing they're boobs, because my husband's youngest brother, which is his half brother is like 8 years old and hes a little pervert. I have big boobs and his little brother one time was watching tv and he saw some girl on tv and told me "hey she has bigger boobs then you" thats just disgusting. And his parents be watching nude movies, not porn, juat like adult movies where they show alot of nudity, infront of him. Thats why I say qomen should cover themselves in public because little perverts like this kid. And for anybody who says kids are innocent, trust me not all of them are. I had a cousin who was 10 and molested a younger cousin. Some kids now in days are perverts because they're parents dont teach them better
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