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Opening the Breastfeeding Can of Worms

OPJK | Mar 18, 2002 09:40 AM

I was out with some friends who are new parents, chowhounds, and well-mannered, sensitive members of society. Their son is about 2 months old and they are learning how to negotiate the restaurant scene with a baby.

They have been careful in choosing restaurants that can accommodate and are open to welcoming the paraphanalia that accompanies their child. As we discussed this, the topic of breastfeeding arose. We know that many people have strong views on this topic. My friend has breastfed at restaurants, but was very discreet and well-covered - as such, she has not yet met with any reaction.

At the risk of opening this to unconstructive rantings, I was hoping to get some intelligent views on breastfeeding in restaurants per se. This is not meant to be a discussion of crying children, ill-behaved children, or even whether children should be in restuarants. The assumption is that the parents in question would remove a loud child from any restaurant. Another assumption is that the restaurant is one that would not be upset by the presence of a baby, to start with.

Thanks for any intelligent comments.

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