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Should Mom Have Been Kicked Out for Breastfeeding IN the Pool?

Posted by on Aug. 15, 2013 at 9:54 AM
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Mom Kicked Out of Pool for Breastfeeding

by Nicole Fabian-Weber 

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Another day, another mama getting scolded for nursing in public. A new mom was at a swim club recently when her baby realized he was hungry. Doing what any breastfeeding mother would do, Stephanie Wilby whipped out her breasts and started feeding little Leo, her 4-month-old son. But when a club employee got wind of what was going on, Stephanie was asked to stop on the claim that it was "indecent."




But wait. Before you go lighting stakes on fire and gear up to charge, this story has a twist: Stephanie was breastfeeding her son while waist-deep in a pool.

'Lil different.

Now, I'm pro-breastfeeding. I say if you can nurse your kid until he can get up and make himself a sandwich, great. And if you want to nurse in public, do it. I never breastfed without a Hooter Hider, but I used to live in Brooklyn. You literally can't get a cup of coffee there without walking directly into a woman's bare breasts. But something about doing it in a public pool -- waist-deep to be exact -- seems unnecessary. If it's your pool, or a friend's, go for it. And I by no means think anything about breastfeeding is "indecent", but is it so much to ask to plop down on a lounge chair and nurse out of the pool? And wouldn't it be safer? No need to worry about being splashed by kids; your baby, god forbid, slipping out of your arms; or wading in a cesspool of children's urine and chlorine. Seems like an all-around more pleasant experience for both mom and baby.

At the end of the day, some women are more open than others. And while I don't by any means consider myself prudish, I don't know, breastfeeding in the middle of a public pool isn't something I would ever do. That said, if I saw Stephanie nursing her kid in the pool, I wouldn't give her a dirty look. But I might be slightly irritated if I had to keep preventing my kid from playing near Stephanie, as not to splash her and the baby.

What do you think about where Stephanie chose to nurse?

by on Aug. 15, 2013 at 9:54 AM
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MrsSamMerlotte
by Bronze Member on Aug. 15, 2013 at 9:56 AM
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Yeah, she should probably get out of the pool first.

GLWerth
by Gina on Aug. 15, 2013 at 9:59 AM
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I advocate breastfeeding anywhere, but yeah, she should have left the pool.

I'd totally support her right to nurse sitting in a lounger or chair by the pool though.

SyllabaryBisque
by Bronze Member on Aug. 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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This.

Quoting GLWerth:

I advocate breastfeeding anywhere, but yeah, she should have left the pool.


I'd totally support her right to nurse sitting in a lounger or chair by the pool though.

Cafe Steph
by Head Admin on Aug. 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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Yeah, my first thought was that I wouldn't want my tiny baby in the nasty public pool water at all, much less while breastfeeding. Plus, it seems pretty lazy to stay in the water rather than getting out and sitting in a chair by the pool side instead.


Quoting MrsSamMerlotte:

Yeah, she should probably get out of the pool first.



terpmama
by Silver Member on Aug. 15, 2013 at 10:02 AM
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Bodily fluids is my issue with this one (and I breast fed all my kids with no cover in public)... But I can see the health concern on this one since she was in the pool.

ZakkarysMom
by Member on Aug. 15, 2013 at 10:04 AM
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Agreed! She should have just gotten out of the pool and sat somewhere to feed her baby. I wouldn't eat IN a public pool. And i would not feed my baby IN a pool either. Gross.


Quoting Cafe Steph:

Yeah, my first thought was that I wouldn't want my tiny baby in the nasty public pool water at all, much less while breastfeeding. Plus, it seems pretty lazy to stay in the water rather than getting out and sitting in a chair by the pool side instead.



Quoting MrsSamMerlotte:

Yeah, she should probably get out of the pool first.





momtoscott
by Platinum Member on Aug. 15, 2013 at 10:05 AM
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She needed to take her boobs and baby elsewhere.  At least to a poolside chair.  

paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Aug. 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM
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LOL! I breastfed countless times in pools. Mainly because it calmed and soothed a frightened baby and make pool time a more enjoyable experience for them.

mariekay
by on Aug. 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Agreed.  In the pool, it's just a safety issue.  I'd have no problem with her nursing in a lounge chair by the pool, though.  

Quoting SyllabaryBisque:

This.

Quoting GLWerth:

I advocate breastfeeding anywhere, but yeah, she should have left the pool.


I'd totally support her right to nurse sitting in a lounger or chair by the pool though.


paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Aug. 15, 2013 at 10:07 AM

So because you choose not to do something, no one else should do it either?

Quoting ZakkarysMom:

Agreed! She should have just gotten out of the pool and sat somewhere to feed her baby. I wouldn't eat IN a public pool. And i would not feed my baby IN a pool either. Gross.


Quoting Cafe Steph:

Yeah, my first thought was that I wouldn't want my tiny baby in the nasty public pool water at all, much less while breastfeeding. Plus, it seems pretty lazy to stay in the water rather than getting out and sitting in a chair by the pool side instead.



Quoting MrsSamMerlotte:

Yeah, she should probably get out of the pool first.






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