Does a nursing baby offend you?

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  1. Koodauw macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2003
    I don't see the big deal with this being on the cover of a magazine, its not graphic in any sort of way, just natural occurrence. However, I don't like it when people do this in public, something like the rest room, or some more private area is a more appropriate place.

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  2. Leareth macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2004
    Oversensitive types overreacting.

    Nothing wrong with it , perfectly normal nice image, there are always those who blow it out of proportion...

    I have no problems with a woman breastfeeding in public either, most of the time you can't even tell.
  3. Lau Guest

    That's really sad. There's absolutely no need to be offended by that in any way, especially when there's not even a nipple visible!

    I personally don't have a problem with people breastfeeding in public. I don't even think it should be done in a restroom (that's a toilet/bathroom, yes?). Why should a baby have to feed in a bathroom? I think it's maybe nicer for a mum and her baby to go somewhere a bit quieter than in the middle of a noisy street or whatever, just so it's a bit more private and quieter for their sake, but I certainly don't think they should have to. People who are offended by this need to get over themselves.

    However, I am slightly amused by "it made my husband very uncomfortable when I left the magazine on the coffee table". Why? Did he have to adjust his trousers? :p
  4. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Being a European an image like that isn't even out of place, let alone shocking. What is it with you Americans and breasts? A baby has to eat.

    In addition, it's actually a really cute photo.
  5. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    The problem isn't that it was a picture of a baby breast-feeding, it's that it wasn't Angelina Jolie doing it. :rolleyes:

    Ha! The funny thing is, there's nothing sexual at all about that picture.

    This is a perfectly natural act, and one that I find no issue with if women choose to breast-feed publicly. My wife has breast fed our children, and will do so with the third. Women in general are very discreet about this - they no more want to "expose themselves" than most people want to see it (or will admit to wanting to see it).
  6. njmac macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Usually women who nurse are pretty discreet about it because they don't want people looking at them either.

    I think the people in the article are overreacting in a big way. Rip the cover off so your husband doesn't see it? Yeah, that marriage is stable :rolleyes:
  7. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    I just don't understand you Europeans and your views on these sorts of things.

    That cover is pornography, plain and simple.

    If it were a picture of a dead or injured child in a war-torn area with a nice tank in the background, that'd be fine.

    If it were a side view of Britney Spears' breast with no baby, also fine.

    But a nursing infant? Please. That's akin to showing someone in the act of defecating.

    And as far as doing it in public is concerned: people should limit themselves to doing normal, natural things, like smoking, shopping, and eating. Something perverse like breast-feeding should be hidden in shame.
  8. MrSmith macrumors 68040


    Nov 27, 2003
    This is from the nation that finds the word 'toilet' disgusting and has to ask for the 'bathroom' in a restaurant :rolleyes:

    And it seems to be the women that find it offensive. Having to hide it in case her husband sees it?! Why? Is he going to vomit...or be unable to control his pants? My mother's answer to this kind of thing is a stock, "Well, people go to the toilet everyday but you don't see pictures of that everywhere". That's a completely different thing, i.e. dirty waste products. Breastfeeding is a clean, natural procedure and - most importantly - this is on the cover of a magazine concerned with caring for babies! Any grown man who feels uncomfortable when he sees a picture of a breast (sans nipple, to boot) must have a lot of issues brewing away in his psyche.

    As for breastfeeding in public, it's OK by me, as long as I don't have to see babies bring milk up. I've had three of my own so to me it's no big deal. Maybe other sectors of the population will have a different opinion.
  9. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop
    In my little world this is in a similar category as "someone donating to the toilet". We know it happens, just don't flaunt it.

    Don't we have enough to worry about?

    Edit: That's not to say I feel this disgusting. It's just no big deal, as long as people let it be no big deal.
  10. nbs2 macrumors 68030


    Mar 31, 2004
    A geographical oddity
    Just to echo the complaints of the other posts here, I would love to see how people are willing to let the sexual connotation of breasts (e.g. Brittany Spears Rolling Stone, Victoria's Secret catalog, etc) slide and get offended by this. I hope the offended people end up barren, divorced, lonely and never have contact with children.
  11. MrSmith macrumors 68040


    Nov 27, 2003
    Who will you catch...?
  12. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    So breast-feeding a child is the same as taking a ****? Interesting viewpoint, I suppose.

    Edit: After reading your edit, I think I understand your point more clearly: "Don't announce to the world you're about to breast-feed and make a production of it, just do it." I can agree with that.
  13. Danksi macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2005
    Nelson, BC. Canada
    I'd find a picture of a baby drinking from a bottle of formula much much much more disturbing than that.
  14. quagmire macrumors 603


    Apr 19, 2004
    Why is Breast feeding shameful? Breasts are part of the womens body for a reason and sorry it isn't for intercourse. The main reason for breasts is so the mother can feed her kids. Breast feeding is normal and natural. And you are a hypocrite. Eating is natural, but not breast feeding? The baby is eating the milk from the breast as a part of the babies diet. Smoking isn't natural. Smoking while accepted in society, kills you and humans aren't supposed to do it. What is next? Crystal Meth being normal and Natural when it is being compared to Breast feeding? :rolleyes:
  15. CANEHDN macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2005
    Eagle Mountain, UT
    Much agreed. If people think a mother should feed their baby in the washroom then they should have to eat their McDonalds in the washroom. If people don't like it or feel offended by it, then don't look. And if women are saying their husbands are offended, that's just their way of saying that that woman who was breastfeeding had better looking boobs than her and is jealous that their husbands might have seen it.

    You don't have to worry about it. It's none of your business. That's one problem I've seen with people. They think everything that's going on around them is their business.
  16. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    How do we know that's not an ass-kissing baby? ;)
  17. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    Someone's sarcasm detector is offline.
  18. Lau Guest

    Sorry, yeah, it was just the impression I got from the article. :p

    What were these women so concerned about? That their husbands would start furiously tugging away over the picture?(sorry!)That they would be unable to control themselves if they ever saw a woman breastfeeding in public? That they would suddenly want to be breastfed?! I'm not being flippant (much!) but I really don't understand what reaction the women were expecting their husbands to have.

    I can kind of understand people not liking seeing breastfeeding in public if they've been brought up to believe that breasts are 'dirty' or that it's somehow shameful (although I think they're totally wrong), but I'm genuinely racking my brains here over what the women think their husbands are going to do.
  19. Shaun.P macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2003
    Omicron Persei 8
    Are you kidding?
  20. Tanglewood macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    When I read this part I was thinking about Robin Williams 2002 Live on Broadway Standup.

    Seriously the over-reaction of these people, "Another reader said she was "horrified" when she received the magazine and hoped that her husband hadn't laid eyes on it." Is insane.
  21. Lau Guest

    quagmire, mainly. ;)
  22. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    I don't personally mind the image, and yes, I do think Americans could be a little less sensitive in areas like this (I mean what is the worst question your kids could ask you about said image), but I think breast feeding should be as discreet as the person can make it for others. Just my personal feeling.
  23. njmac macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    What's really disturbing is that people are taking you seriously. :confused: :rolleyes: Sarcasm is a dying art.

    But don't jump to conclusions... the baby could be adopted or the mother is unable to nurse. People are always so judgemental about mothers.
  24. nbs2 macrumors 68030


    Mar 31, 2004
    A geographical oddity
    I can see your point there. Discretion is proper - I don't want to see that Kansas cow ever chew with her mouth open or talk with her mouth full either.
  25. Lau Guest

    I can see the case for discretion, but I think most women want to be fairly discreet themselves.
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