"Women should cover up their bottles when they are feeding their babies...
I wasn’t exposed to bottle-feeding much growing up and seeing it makes me very uncomfortable. I mean if you think about it, a bottle is a substitute for the breast, and since breasts are sexual, doesn’t that make a bottle kind of like a dildo?! Eww, gross.

When I see a mom bottle-feeding, I don’t know where to look. I can’t look directly at the bottle or the baby because the idea of feeding a baby formula makes me sick to my stomach. It’s just gross. And the way babies sound when they eat??? They slurp and suck and dribble formula everywhere! It’s just nasty and it *smells*! I shouldn’t have to see that! And what about my young son? How am I supposed to explain to him why a woman is bottle-feeding? I mean, he’s too young to understand how different parts of the body function. It’s going to be hard to explain to him that women actually choose not to nurse, or can’t for one reason or another. It’ll probably upset him to know that lots of babies don’t get "nurse-nurse" like he does. I don’t want to have to deal with him being emotionally scarred by seeing bottles.

And imagine the therapy bills I’ll have to pay for when he’s older!

So bottle-feeding moms should either go into a bathroom, re-lactate so they can use their breasts in public, or cover up with a blanket. Sure, I know the excuses....bathrooms are dirty and no one should have to eat in there. But women could still re-lactate. Oh, yeah I know how hard it would be, but ya know, we DO have nice pumps available nowadays. She could get a good supply going for the sole purpose of feeding in public. If she would just use her breasts, we wouldn’t have to see those indecent bottles all the time. And if she has a hard time re-lactating, she could always just cover up with a blanket when she has to use a bottle. Oh I know some babies aren’t comfortable under a blanket. Re-breathing their own carbon dioxide for 20+ minutes must come at a price, but who cares? At least I wouldn’t have to see bottles.

And if a woman doesn’t want to go through all that trouble, she could just schedule outings around the baby’s feedings. A bottle-fed baby only has to eat, what? Every 3-4 hours? She can just bottle-feed at home, go out, and rush back with a screaming baby if he needs to eat sooner than the schedule allows.

I’ll admit that I’m uncomfortable with bottle-feeding in public. And as an American, I have a right to not have to be exposed to that sort of thing. Women should be aware of everyone else and accomodating to all others.

After all, our right not to be offended is more important than a baby’s right to eat, right?

response to a critical reply:
"I turned it around so people could see how ridiculus is is for ANY woman to hide to feed her child. It sounds a bit ridiculous when I say women should cover up their bottles, huh? I hope it makes you think."

Ok, so forgive me for assuming people would see the sarcasm in the post below. I don’t *actually* think women should cover up their bottles. I used all the arguments against nursing in public and turned them around to bottle-feeders in an attempt to show people just how idiotic it is to ask women to hide while feeding their baby.

The point is, breasts are not lewd or indecent. If you see a little nipple, get over it. Breasts are for feeding babies, first and foremost. The day you hide your bottles is the day I hide my breasts.

I realize the dildo reference may make some people’s jaws drop in disbelief, but that was possibly the most important part of the post. It seems the main reason people freak out about nursing in public is because breasts are also sexual, therefore should be covered all the times. Well, a nipple on a bottle was designed to replace the original thing, just like a dildo is meant to replace a penis. Sorry, but it’s true. If it sounds outlandish to you, then maybe you should reconsider just how sexual the breast is. It’s not sexual to feed a child at the breast any more than it is to feed a child with a bottle.

IF (and that’s a big "if") nursing WERE sexual, then I would assume people would have the same reaction to a bottle as they would to a dildo. But they don’t. It’s something to think about anyways.





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Mar. 14, 2010 at 8:55 AM

at first I thought you were serious that I (as a bottle feeding parent) should have to cover up ...

btw... I bottle feed cuz I pumped for 8 weeks!! while I was trying to get my daughter to nurse. I had lactation specialists and nurses try and help me with getting her to nurse...even my mom (who nursed me for a full year) couldnt help.... my daughter did NOT latch! so, for 8 weeks I pumped and she got BM from a bottle...then my supply dried up and I had to supplement and eventually switch to formula....

I do agree that breastfeeding is NATURAL and not sexual...and I HATE it when people look at a breastfeeding mother like shes in the "wrong"... those people need to grow up or look the other way ....

haha, infact, funny thing .. I was out and about when my daugher was about 5 weeks old... I was feeding her (BM from a bottle)..and a woman sitting across the courtyard was breastfeeding her baby ... a woman walked by.. looked at the breastfeeding mother and gave her and her baby a dirty look.... then, she looked at me.. and she smiled at me and my baby .. I said "hi"... she said "nice to see some women now a days dont whip their boobs out to feed their babie"...I relpied with "yea, I only whip my boobs out to have a machine suck my babies food out for her (held the bottle up and continued) this is MY breastmilk btw... you got a problem with that?"

she sighed and stormed off ......

Ill tell ya .. IF I could have gotten my daughter to nurse, it would be a TON easier, more satisfying (knowing that I am giving her what she needs...not enfamil), and better for her... but I couldnt and I did what I could .....

thats why (at first) I took offense to this post.. but then I read on and saw that it was a "turn around" thing....

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