When you stop noticing, this will be acceptedThursday, October 03, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
ALGOMA PUBLIC HEALTH
SAULT STE. MARIE - Don’t adjust your eyes, those are breastfeeding women in public.
Algoma Public Health has embarked on an innovative breastfeeding campaign.
A series of life-sized photographs of local women breastfeeding their babies is part of an eye-catching campaign to encourage and promote the acceptance of breastfeeding in public.
“We know that breastfeeding is the healthiest choice for moms and babies,” said Melinda Bruno, a public health nurse at Algoma Public Health.
“We want mothers who choose to breastfeed their baby, to be able to do so in public and not get disapproving stares or comments.”
The women in the life-like cutouts are also holding a sign that reads: ‘When you stop noticing, this will be accepted.’
We want to people to think twice about why they looked.
Nursing mothers should feel supported to breastfeed their baby, no matter where they are.
The community is also encouraged to join the conversation on Twitter using the hash tag #MyBabyIsHungry or at www.twitter.com/AlgomaHealth
nanci 10/3/2013 11:57:00 AM Report
Good NEWS! Its about time!
Shortz 10/3/2013 12:28:11 PM Report
Breastfeedingchild is definately something that should be acceptable in public.
greendreams 10/3/2013 12:36:48 PM Report
This is great! Any support for breast feeding moms is wonderful, they need all the support they can get, and it ultimately means better health for our children. Love it!!!!
shabuc 10/3/2013 12:51:13 PM Report
I have no problem with breast-feeding in public, but I do think that the women can show some modesty and throw a light blanket or cloth over the nursing baby and her exposed breast while she is sitting in public. That cloth can then be used as a burp cloth for the baby.
R0FL0L 10/3/2013 12:52:01 PM Report
about time. I still shudder, I was asked to go sit on the toilet seat to breastfeed, instead of in the restaurant...25 years behind the rest of the world
greendreams 10/3/2013 1:02:51 PM Report
Shabuc, do you eat with a blanket over your head? Kind of uncomfortable and hot maybe? Babies don't like it either. See these examples? No breast is visible. If mom wears a nursing top none of their flesh is showing. I think it's so strange that cleavage is more than acceptable, but breast feeding is not?
scottstewy123 10/3/2013 1:06:30 PM Report
TFinn 10/3/2013 1:21:47 PM Report
The last I heard ....women have the right to go topless in Ontario anyway ...so what's the big deal.?? 99% are discrete about it anyway ...no big thang ....!!
funsize 10/3/2013 1:58:45 PM Report
As a breastfeeding mom I think this is awesome!Comments such as "mother's should cover up" are not supportive at all!Not to mention it's incredibly hot and very uncomfortable for the baby.
Out of my own insecurity,due to looks,I felt forced to nurse in the washroom in the Cambrian Mall,I still had someone make an extremely rude comment about me nursing in public, that I should of fed my baby at home before going out if I was going to show off my breasts!
I should never of felt I had to nurse my baby in the washroom with all kinds of germs because some people are to immature!
razor25 10/3/2013 1:59:33 PM Report
So...the goal of these advertisements is to get you to NOT notice them...interesting concept :)
Daiv 10/3/2013 2:01:49 PM Report
I was a breastfeeding mother, and I always covered up when I did it (unless at home). Partially because I am very self conscious, and also because I don't want to make others uncomfortable.
I have NO issues with people nursing in public, but have respect for other people.
Yes, it's a natural act, but so is the act that got the baby here in the first place. I think we can all agree that THAT shouldn't be done in the middle of the mall? (And that can be done without showing much of anything, too.)
I asked once if there was somewhere I could nurse my baby instead of in a crowded arena type setting. I was also told I could use the bathroom.
I think businesses need to start addressing that issue - making sure there is a CLEAN place where mothers can nurse. I wouldn't mind one big room with some change tables and comfy chairs where mothers can come and go as they please.
I've been in some stores where the nursing room is the bathroom and it's absolutely disgusting.
funsize 10/3/2013 2:42:06 PM Report
Sorry, I don't compare feeding my baby, and making a baby in the same category.
We all need to respect each other! Feeding your baby regardless of how it's done isn't about respect it's about tending to your child's needs.
If the idea is..if I don't have a blanket or a place to go to PRIVATELY nurse my baby then I'm suppose to not feed her,because I might make someone feel disrespected or uncomfortable? Something wrong with that kind of thinking..you should be able to see someone nursing and not think twice about them feeding their baby instead of..OMG that woman is breastfeeding her baby!I personally try to be discreet and not because I'm ashamed but more to avoid hateful comments.How wonderful it would be to proudly and boldly feed my baby ANYWHERE and no one make a rude comment
greendreams 10/3/2013 2:48:01 PM Report
Totally agree with you fun size.
Fhearghuis 10/3/2013 2:57:43 PM Report
I agree with putting a light cover over, a receiving blanket or whatever. I breast fed my two (3 and 20 months now) and I was never comfortable enough to just 'whip it out' in public. Call me a prude, I know...here we go, bring it on
Someone is going to call me backwards, etc. Just my opinion, which I am entitled to without being bashed for it. And I say bashed because in this forum, if one goes against the grain, it's like a pack of wolves going after them.
Fhearghuis 10/3/2013 2:59:42 PM Report
I agree with Daiv. I refused to feed my babies in a washroom. I'd simply put a light receiving blanket over. Once the babies were old enough to fuss about it, I wasn't feeding them every 2 hours so I could work my day around it.
funsize 10/3/2013 3:17:40 PM Report
Fhearghuis..I don't think your backwards..I also try to cover up and be discreet..I was saying it would be nice if we didn't feel we had to cover up because people look at it as sexual instead of what it really is..if everyone breastfed openly and it was common practice nobody would bat a eye at them and other places it is common
thomas 10/3/2013 3:21:43 PM Report
Breastfeeding is a natural thing and healthy for the baby. They are also hungry a lot more often than a bottle fed baby. IMO, if a mother is feeding her baby in public (covered or NOT) and you don't like it, LOOK THE OTHER WAY... just like I do when I see MANY men scratching or adjusting themselves in public. Now, WHO is more discreet?
ALMO_454 10/3/2013 3:57:15 PM Report
Daiv 10/3/2013 4:27:32 PM Report
I wasn't saying women shouldn't do it in public. I'm just saying, be respectful of others. You want and deserve respect, so does everybody else.
I HAVE seen women with their actual boobs hanging out while nursing. I was at Wendy's once, and yes, I was uncomfortable.
I know what it's like to nurse - it seems they're eating all the time, so to plan your outings around nursing is darn near impossible.
I'm just saying, have a little respect for those who are uncomfortable around it.
Daiv 10/3/2013 4:31:05 PM Report
And I don't loom at women and say OMG she's breastfeeding.
I just don't want to see somebody's boob hanging out.
Call me a bag, or prude, or whatever you want. Everybody is entitled to their opinion.
And again, I DID breastfeed, and I did it in public - with a blanket.
Daiv 10/3/2013 4:33:19 PM Report
Thomas - I HATE when I see guys adjusting all the time. I don't see my dad, stepfather, or many of the older generation guys doing that. It seems to be my generation and the younger ones.
Not sure why that is, maybe nobody ever told them how ridiculous they look.
I don't even like picking my wedge in public!!
AndyCap 10/3/2013 4:39:13 PM Report
Im cool with breastfeeding in public. I just dont like selfish babies who dont share
shju 10/3/2013 4:43:54 PM Report
who cares....................... the more you have to protest and keep making a fuss about it more people will talk about it. Just breast feed already and stop looking for attention.
funsize 10/3/2013 5:04:51 PM Report
Daiv,my comment wasn't directed at you other then the comparison thing..I'm on the same side you are;) As breastfeeding women we should be supportive of each other.(in no way did I mean your not supportive)
funsize 10/3/2013 5:15:42 PM Report
shju,women that breastfeed aren't looking for attention,it's the people who make rude comments about it and have deemed it unacceptable that actually draw attention to it..women have been thrown out of public places for nursing their babies..Sure I try to cover up if I can but it's not out of or lack of respect for others..I think nursing women need support whether they cover or not..the best support most can do is keep their mouth shut! (not directed at anyone)The one time I felt I had to nurse in the washroom there was 2 other women in there that witnessed it,they were appalled by the rudeness of the lady..no one should ever have to feel the way I did that day
AndyCap 10/3/2013 6:55:21 PM Report
Any one who gets appalled over breast feeding is an idiot.
R0FL0L 10/3/2013 7:25:04 PM Report
Reading some comments it is still like it was 25 years ago. Hopefully this attention and ad will change it NOW. Young moms stay strong and ignore all the rude comments you get in public. If your baby needs to eat, feed her/him, wherever you are.
Pakadeva 10/3/2013 7:42:39 PM Report
I think Thomas hit the nail on the head, look the other way when you see things you don't wanna see!
Daiv 10/3/2013 8:03:04 PM Report
funsize - :)
DeeFlems 10/3/2013 9:59:17 PM Report
Yay for breastfeeding!! The healthiest and most natural thing we can do for our babies as mothers.
I also find it frustrating that I have to "find a place" to breastfeed my child when I am out running errands! (heads up to all Mommy's if you are ever in the Station Mall and looking for a comfy private place go to Carters! They have a room specifically for this and told me to come use it whenever I like)
Unfortunately we live in a time when half nekkid women riding wrecking balls is more acceptable than openly nourishing your growing baby. But hey...as my three year old niece gleefully informed me "Sometimes little babies suck on their Mommy's booby!" Yes they do and we shouldn't have to feel ashamed.
The only reason I have ever covered up in public is for other people's comfort. Otherwise I would let it fly. Much more convenient, quick and comfortable for both baby and me!!
Maybe by the time I have a second child my "thoughtfulness" towards people who are "uncomfortable" will have disappeared. Where the hell is my thoughtfulness from those same people??? That my child is hungry and hungry NOW and likely crying...that I am already tired and grouchy from the chaos that is child rearing and don't feel like sitting in a disgusting public bathroom or a hot cramped vehicle to feed my precious baby???
Our society is so backwards my neck hurts from trying to keep up with it...anyways....feed on Mommy's...because with campaigns like this perhaps more women will make the choice to breastfeed their babies due to all of the wonderful support it has been getting as of late...hopefully!
Working Man 10/3/2013 10:32:35 PM Report
There is nothing wrong with breastfeeding in public, but just time it and use discretion.
Don't flash your breasts like an immature little girl infront of elderly people at Tim Hortons. Use some discretion. And yes, I saw that once. I didn't know whether to laugh or shake my head. So, I kinda did both.
To the guys who get off on it; most women that are in the condition to breast feed are NOT showcase material!!!!
It's like me sitting in a restaurant, unzipping and then pissing in a glass. Hey, I guess if it bothers you then you shouldn't be watching me then!
Do it, but don't do it for attention, cause you can.. Same reason why people don't fart around others. Thats a human right, isn't it??
kw126 10/4/2013 8:35:40 AM Report
I agree Working Man.
I have no problem whatsoever with breastfeeding. I think it is healthy and natural. I also don't have a problem with women doing it in public. I understand that it needs to be done when they are hungry and you can't control when they get hungry. I would never expect anyone to have to go to a disgusting bathroom just to be in private. If you are able to breastfeed, that is amazing and why not do what your body is made for. However, covering up with a light blanket or something is respectful. Why can't we meet half way? We can't force people to be comfortable with it, so why not compromise.
Louis 10/4/2013 10:29:05 AM Report
I will never forget being told, in the NICU at Sault Area Hospital, that I must wait to feed my new born son until a rocking chair in the corner of the NICU with a screen in front of it was free as I may make other parents uncomfortable by breastfeeding in the open! IN THE NICU!! I will admit I have not had a baby in 7 years, however, I do not feel that our hospital supports breastfeeding as well as it should! In the past year I have watched a new mother struggle with breastfeeding her newborn child, and there was not nearly enough support and or education for breastfeeding mothers! And yes, I have also been advised to feed my baby in a washroom at a Walmart, I asked the clerk if she would eat in the washroom, the look of disgust was answer enough!
Fhearghuis 10/4/2013 11:15:55 AM Report
You said exactly what I feel! But said it much more....better....lol
funsize...:) (even if it was the comfortable thing to do...ain't nobody gonna see my tatas in public lol)
DeeFlems 10/4/2013 6:59:32 PM Report
Please feel free to elaborate on how a grown man whipping out his penis in public to urinate into a glass is at all similar to a Mother discreetly feeding her child.
I am having a really hard time making the connection there.
grandmajill 10/4/2013 7:19:29 PM Report
Bravo, it's about time.
Working Man 10/4/2013 8:08:24 PM Report
If your doing it to show off, like when you have your back against the wall for 100 people to see, then yes, it's comparable to me whipping it out and doing a natural act. I don't know if women just get a big rush out of it, but just face the wall. Or use a blanket to hide. Unless you're willing to share! ;)
DeeFlems 10/5/2013 9:13:14 AM Report
You will never be able to fully understand because you are a man (although you sound like a child) and will never be able to physically have a baby.
The last thing a woman who breastfeeds in public is thinking is "OOooOOooOOO I HOPE THAT HOT GUY IS LOOKING AT ME WHILE I DO THIS." Get your head out of your ass.
If you truly believe that women think it is "showing off" and not in order to feed their hungry baby when they breastfeed in public, there is something seriously wrong with your brain, and YOU and YOUR ATTITUDE, as well as people like you, are one of the reasons so many women feel ashamed to do what is most healthy and natural for the baby.
D0BBER 10/5/2013 12:00:44 PM Report
Yes you should be able to breast feed in public .. but you should also show a little self preservation and common decency as well, and cover yourself with a baby blanket !!
Just because you can do something doesnt mean you should !! Yes the law says women can go topless, but should they to it while picking up their kids at grade school or perhaps while teaching ??
BTW im betting the very same people who claim the right to go topless in public to support this argument, would shudder if that very same argument was used by prostitutes !!
D0BBER 10/5/2013 1:01:22 PM Report
While you may be using the breast as a food dispensary ... others are still looking at it as a sex organ !!
wakeup 10/6/2013 10:50:36 AM Report
Nice waste of public money, as if this is even worth being written, people cant deal with a person feeding their kid to fin bad, like whats with this world, guy gets six month for stabing an beatin someone with a crow bar , yet people complain about something totally normal, wth , one person says who eats with a blanket over their head, well the nob who would do that really shouldnt have a kid as obviously not to smart, either way this isnt news an is a waste of public money which could have went to help some kids, if people cant deal with it to dam bad, but kinda figures with how society is an how stupid an unknowledgable people are an the lack of decency that kids have been raised with over the last twenty or more years, with that said , in this city i dont think its to advisable as with all the sexual preditors an freaks u may just end up with some creeper getin off as u feed your kid