She was previously education editor at Good. Bio Even the least germophobic among us would probably balk at chowing down on a meal while sitting in a stall of a public restroom. In the image on the left side of the collage, Tamar Shugert, a year-old mother of two who is also a professional photographer, pretends to feed her baby in a bathroom stall. However, the ongoing reaction to the picture reveals the conflicting opinions about whether or how women should breast-feed in public. Some commenters are angry that Shugert covered up her baby while nursing it instead of allowing her breast to be exposed. Others are taking issue with women they see who expose some of their breast while feeding their infants.
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The striking images would make anyone think twice: Women breast-feeding their babies while sitting in a public toilet stall. Nursing mothers around the country have been asked to cover up or leave stores and restaurants. One was recently criticized for breast-feeding her daughter at her college graduation. That kind of public shaming was the inspiration for three posters created by budding art director students at the University of North Texas for a mock ad campaign in support of breast-feeding. Despite laws that allow nursing in public, student Johnathan Wenske said he and classmate Kris Haro were motivated by accounts of women who receive dirty looks or rude comments while breast-feeding, or who have been asked to feed the baby in the bathroom. So yeah, it'd be pretty great not to have any nasty comments made while I'm feeding my child, with or without a cover. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 46 states and the District of Columbia have laws that allow breast-feeding in any public or private location.
Why breastfeeding moms should not feed/pump in a public restroom
Breastfeeding in public is hard enough on its own without the stares, the complaints, and your baby trying to whip their head around to see a new sale on shoes with your nipple still in their mouth. It's enough to make some moms search for tips for breastfeeding in a public bathroom just so they can have some type of peace when it's time to nurse their child. I know — you would't eat your lunch in there, so why should your baby? The truth is, some moms feel like they have no other choice than to breastfeed in a public bathroom.
No way, no how. So in addition to the general ick factor and grossness, are there any dangers of breastfeeding in a bathroom? What about pumping? If the answer is no, then the mother-baby unit deserves the same respect and should not be subjected to the bathroom for their meals. Even pumping can be safely accomplished in a bathroom, according to Phillips.