Posted: 27/08/2009 at 13:53
when my 1st child was 3 1/2 weeks i traveled from bristol to manchester on the train. in manchester picadilly station i was meeting a couple of friends so i went to the bar upstairs with my pram, got a coffee and was helped to the table by the barman. in due time my friends arrived, bought drinks and had a nice chat. Se????n needed feeding so i fed him whilst sat there. about 15 mins in to a feed (he would sometimes nurse for hours at a time) the landlady came along and pointedly asked me to leave. i asked her why? she nervously glanced at se????n nursing and then said "we dont havve a childrens licence so you cant be in here with the child."
i said "why was i allowed in then in the 1st place?"
LL "the barman obviously realised you didn't have a child with you"
Me "really? so why did he help carry my coffee so i could carry the baby and push the pram?"
LL "well he shouldn't have done and i'll be talking to him about that, anyway, you still need to leave"
Me "ok, as soon as my son finishes his feed we'll leave"
10 mins later she comes past and glares "have you not left yet?!"
"no, my son is still feeding, nearly done now"
She wasn't very happy and stalked off the watched us until we'd left.
that was the only time i've been specifically asked to leave somewhere. usually peaople don't notice and only a few times have i had evil looks.
i'm now on my 3rd child, i still feed everywhere and anywhere. recently i've been to 2 different weddings and have nursed the baby wearing an evening gown. that is quite hard and you deffinatly need a shawl to cover up.
i hope this helps and your class have a good debate. have you considered getting a breastfeeding mother to come into the class to give an example of someone feeding? they probably wouldn't even realise until you told them!