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  1. kimmy says

    Nicely put N. Come to think of it, a lot of breastfed babies that I have seen have not looked any healthier than a formula fed baby. Formula has really come a long way and there are so many vitamins for baby.

  2. oriana says

    I think Maggie looks very happy and serene here. She looks very happy to me.

    I do feel that breastfeeding should be a private thing. My own preference would be to put a towel or a blanket and be more discreet. I am from the Old School and would not feel this comfortable and relaxed about it as she is.

    I think Breast is Best at all possible and to each his own. It is more acceptable now than when I was a young girl and more young mothers have no qualms whatsoever, so I guess to each his own indeed.

  3. Zbella says

    Pinkstar, I understand – but I don’t talk about it much because many moms feel guilty about not breastfeeding their children. They wish they could, but as JJ stated, it is too much for them to have someone so in need of them 24/7.

    I’m so blessed because I have 3 healthy children who breastfed and never took a bottle. Pumping didn’t work for me, and I understand that nursing doesn’t work for others. We are all so different and what works for the family, mother and child is best.

    I have read all the research and 100% breast is best for the child, but not if it’s driving the mother crazy. Some women see their breasts as only sexual objects, or as a part of their body that they do not want to share.

    Anecdotal evidence (like saying “my brother” or “my children”) is not scientific. That being said, my children have had ear infections and are EBF. I have had mastitis twice and it’s awful – but I will hopefully never have breast cancer! And my boobs are pert after 5 years and counting of nursing. My kids are normal, I don’t think it makes them smarter, so much as helps them reach their potential. It’s healthy food. I’m sure formula is fine too.

    ANYWAY – Maggie is doing fine and doesn’t need to wear a tarp to feed her baby. Again, I have NEVER had men, or teenagers stare at my boob when I nurse in public! Little kids are interested sometimes and I will say “I’m feeding my baby milk from my body.” or “She’s hungry so I’m nursing her”. We lactate – we nurse – it’s all good. If you want to feed your children from a bottle, fine. It doesn’t bother me!

  4. Robin says

    well COLOR me a BAD Mom because I did not breast feed! geez louise I am tired of this discussion! do NOT crucify Mom’s who chose not to feel like cow’s with their udder’s on display!!!

  5. kimmy says

    There’s nothing wrong with breast feeding, but they didn’t create feeding blankets just for the hell of it. No one wants to see indecent exposure with a tit hanging out. You wouldn’t bare your breasts if you aren’t pregnant and breast feeding, so why would you do it now?

  6. N says

    JJ……heeheehee Going along with this dream of yours……Shit , why stop at breastfeeding. Let them carry the babies too. They dont have to deliver penisly… (new word) 🙂 ….they can have C-sections! The only thing we have to do is think of a way to create an artificial womb… maybe inject them with estrogen or something.

    heeheheeheheeee

  7. JJ says

    I wish that one day – SOON, the medical community devises a way to make men lactate. I would love for the father to breastfeed the infant – it would take a lot of the burden off mothers. It should be possible, men do have nipples so why not!!? It would be so cool to see men breastfeeding their children.

    Unleash the Furies…I’m sure I’ll get an earful over this one:)

  8. says

    Wrong! Breastfeeding should be something PRIVATE between a mother and her baby. Not an exhibition for everyone and anyone to watch. Women that do it in public are just wanting attention saying look at me, my tit is getting sucked; otherwise, do it in the privacy of your own home! Why want total strangers watching somthing like this? There is something wrong there. Breast is best for baby, but do not make a public display out of it. I did it in private and pumped for public. Uh, breast PUMPS you know DO exist. Gosh, why then isn’t it okay for a guy to whip his penis out in public and urinate? He’s not hurting anyone else, just taking care of a natural function. Just like you’re saying public breast feeding is. There has got to be boundries, otherwise it is a free for all. Breast feed in privacy of your own home. Pump a bottle for public, don’t be an exhibitionist, because that IS what it is.

  9. N says

    You see know it all….Not all women can breastfeed….like not all women can bare children. Consider it a blessing if you can breastfeed your child. There are plenty of reasons a mom may not be able to breastfeed her child but pumping her milk and giving it through a bottle is just as good.

  10. N says

    For one…. im not arguing. Im also stating facts like you are. Hey Pinky…I can google breastfeeding and post like you just did. Those are not health risks of not breastfeeding. Bottle feeding is also another way to bond with your baby…. You are holding the child in your arms….that is physical contact.
    So what you have to sterilize nipples and bottles…. I pumped and sterilized nipples and bottles because I had to go back to work 6 weeks after having my child…so the only way for him to get the breast milk was from a bottle. Also his dad enjoyed feeding him….another selfless reason I had no problem sterilizing. Breast milk can be contaminated…have you ever heard of pump and dump? Also, It’s hard to believe, but there are still no growth charts for breastfed babies! The World Health Organization is currently conducting an international study of breastfed babies in order to create new growth charts.

    For more info go to http://www.babycenter.com …. there is no topic that states Health risks for not breastfeeding.

  11. Julie says

    Kudos to Maggie. She looks so comfortable and confident, and she should. She’s doing the best thing for her baby. And when baby’s hungry, mommy has to feed her. No matter where they are. I think this is wonderful. And to those who think she should be more discreet: She’s covered on her right, and on her left, she probably thought she was ok. She obviously didn’t know she was being photographed, the photog was probably peeking through something with a high powered lens. And while we’re on that subject…why the hell is the paparazzi taking photos of women breastfeeding anyway!!!!!! That’s just weird! Maggie is totally unaware of the fact that she’s being photographed. What an invasion of privacy. And I don’t want to hear that she gave up privacy when she fed her baby in public…she has every right and a duty to do so. I’m sure she had no idea that she was on display like this. Regardless, good for her, and I hope this photo doesn’t discourage her from feeding her baby in public again.

  12. Andrea says

    I think breastfeeding in public is fine…. But why not do it discreetly. Use a blanket, a shawl, a second shirt, or whatever.
    Why the need to expose your whole breast and nipple???
    What’s the point of that? 116 men off the street will be looking and wanting. Why do that to them, to to their wives, to yourself?

  13. astromama says

    So, it’s cool for Maggie to show her breasts in movies (as she did in Sherrybaby), but not whilst breastfeeding? I don’t see anyone criticizing her for baring her breasts in a sexual context, why the fuss over her baring them in a nurturing context? Both situations are very public… people and their hangups are weird. I am nursing my six week old first baby and care more about his nourishment than the immature perspectives of those who would be offended at the sight of him eating. get over it.

  14. Meg says

    I love it! Maggie looks like such a natural mother – not just breastfeeding of course, but the grace she seems to have as a parent. And her daughter is so cute & healthy looking, just like her mama! I saw the other photos on dlisted from this series of pictures and Ramona has gotten so big so quickly!

  15. pinkstar says

    “N | June 8th, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    Also….You dont have to breastfeed for the baby to get breastmilk. You can pump your milk like some working mothers and give them the breastmilk from a bottle. Sucking a “tit” is not the only way a baby connects to its parents.
    Also, we can see from these posts that not all breastfed children are intelligent. ”

    Hey N!!!!!! LOOK WHAT Health Risks of Not Breastfeeding SAYS:

    * Breastfeeding can help a mother to bond with her baby. Physical contact is important to newborns and can help them feel more

    *Also, when you breastfeed, there are no bottles and nipples to sterilize. Unlike human milk straight from the breast, infant formula has a chance of being contaminated

    how do you combat that one, I wanna see it. But STAY ON THE TOPIC.

    for the last time, for people who it seems have not sufficient neurons to GET IT. I never said breastfeeding makes you intelligent per se, but ADDS in the mix and CAN make you be more intelligent and healthier.ON THE LONG RUN.
    THESE things are not said by ME but by SPECIALISTS AND DOCTORS.

  16. pinkstar says

    “N | June 8th, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Also Americans arent overweight because they weren’t breastfed. That was the dumbest comment I have ever read in my life. If this is why americans are overweight why are british people overweight? “PEOPLE” are overweight because they eat too much of the wrong foods. “PEOPLE” are overweight because they are lazy and dont exercise. ”

    Very true, I agree with you, but if you look in the material I posted, this paragraph, you will get what I mean;

    “As a result, breastfed infants grow exactly the way they should. They tend to gain less unnecessary weight and to be leaner. This may result in being less overweight later in life.”

    hey, all I am saying is sustained by facts proven by doctors and specialists, are any of you more on topic than them? If you deny A reality it does not mean it does not exist.

    Is there anyone on this forum that gets at least 10% of what I am saying, gimme a sign. It seems so far I am dealing with closed minded people who take out of context all of my ideas and put it into theirs without being able to have a conversation the civilized way.

  17. N says

    Also….You dont have to breastfeed for the baby to get breastmilk. You can pump your milk like some working mothers and give them the breastmilk from a bottle. Sucking a “tit” is not the only way a baby connects to its parents.
    Also, we can see from these posts that not all breastfed children are intelligent.

  18. pinkstar says

    #
    minkysmom
    pinkstar– first of all it is not that fucking serious. get over it. nobody has to live your life the way you want them to. note I can say whatever I want just like you can unless you can give me some proof where we can never bring up exceptions, then you need to stop acting so crazy. maybe you need to take your baby off your tittie and get a life.”

    Where did u see me acting crazy honey, I have an opinion and facts to sustain it. Get a life for yourself, I have one.

    81. minkysmom | June 8th, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    and pinkstar when is stopping breastfeeding ok? what if she had an 18 yr old son sucking on her? he’s still her son, he still needs to be fed, so why not? ”

    An imbecil commentary.

  19. N says

    Also Americans arent overweight because they weren’t breastfed. That was the dumbest comment I have ever read in my life. If this is why americans are overweight why are british people overweight? “PEOPLE” are overweight because they eat too much of the wrong foods. “PEOPLE” are overweight because they are lazy and dont exercise.

  20. minkysmom says

    and pinkstar when is stopping breastfeeding ok? what if she had an 18 yr old son sucking on her? he’s still her son, he still needs to be fed, so why not?

  21. minkysmom says

    pinkstar– first of all it is not that fucking serious. get over it. nobody has to live your life the way you want them to. note I can say whatever I want just like you can unless you can give me some proof where we can never bring up exceptions, then you need to stop acting so crazy. maybe you need to take your baby off your tittie and get a life.

  22. pinkstar says

    BENEFITS FOR MOM:

    *Nursing uses up extra calories, making it easier to lose the pounds of pregnancy. It also helps the uterus to get back to its original size and lessens any bleeding a woman may have after giving birth.
    *Breastfeeding, especially exclusive breastfeeding (no supplementing with formula), delays the return of normal ovulation and menstrual cycles. (However, you should still talk with your doctor or nurse about birth control choices.)
    *Breastfeeding lowers the risk of breast and ovarian cancers, and possibly the risk of hip fractures and osteoporosis after menopause.
    *Breastfeeding makes your life easier. It saves time and money. You do not have to purchase, measure, and mix formula. There are no bottles to warm in the middle of the night!
    * mother can give her baby immediate satisfaction by providing her breast milk when her baby is hungry.
    * Breastfeeding requires a mother to take some quiet relaxed time for herself and her baby.
    * Breastfeeding can help a mother to bond with her baby. Physical contact is important to newborns and can help them feel more secure, warm and comforted.
    * Breastfeeding mothers may have increased self-confidence and feelings of closeness and bonding with their infants.

  23. pinkstar says

    HERE IT IS WHAT Health Risks of Not Breastfeeding SAYS:

    Health Risks of Not Breastfeeding

    *Breast milk has agents (called antibodies) in it to help protect infants from bacteria and viruses. Recent studies show that babies who are not exclusively breastfed for 6 months are more likely to develop a wide range of infectious diseases including ear infections, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses and have more hospitalizations. Also, infants who are not breastfed have a 21% higher postneonatal infant mortality rate in the U.S.
    *Some studies suggest that infants who are not breastfed have higher rates of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in the first year of life, and higher rates of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, lymphoma, leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease, overweight and obesity, high cholesterol and asthma. More research in these areas is needed (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2005).
    *Babies who are not breastfed are sick more often and have more doctor’s visits.
    *Also, when you breastfeed, there are no bottles and nipples to sterilize. Unlike human milk straight from the breast, infant formula has a chance of being contaminated

  24. N says

    Thank you md….. Lets not forget Britney Spears breastfed her children….and the first thing “everyone” complains about is that she has no connection to her children. Make up your mind!
    Breastfeeding does not “ensure” that your child will be more intelligent or less sickly than a child that was not breastfed.

  25. pinkstar says

    Hey, MD, this is what you said, “I NEVER breastfeed my children…had absolutely NO desire too!” I reacted to what comes of your mouth.
    And my reaction was this, “MD, too bad you had no desire to breastfeed your child, you lost a great connection you could have had with your own offspring.” Scroll up and read. Makes sense now, I know. 🙂

    THEN YOU SAID: “You don’t know me and you don’t know my children! DO NOT, even for one minute, accuse ME or MY CHILDREN on losing out on some “magical connnection” because my children did not suck from my tit! It takes more than a boob to “connect” with your child!

    You obviously have some deep rooted problems if you want to question my ability as a mother for not breastfeeding my child!”

    AND NOW I ANSWER : Are you sure you can read and comprehend at the SAME time? I am saying breastfeeding is just a bonus to a child well being. It adds. Breastfeeding your baby IS a deep connection, it is not my fault you missed it, so do not throw your frustrations at a me for that matter.

    Check the link I gave earlier, some of the things saying in there;
    ” * Breastfeeding saves on health care costs. Total medical care costs for the nation are lower for fully breastfed infants than never-breastfed infants since breastfed infants typically need fewer sick care visits, prescriptions, and hospitalizations.
    * Breastfeeding contributes to a more productive workforce. Breastfeeding mothers miss less work, as their infants are sick less often. Employer medical costs also are lower and employee productivity is higher.
    * Breastfeeding is better for our environment because there is less trash and plastic waste compared to that produced by formula cans and bottle supplies.”

    Specialists said all of the above, after years of researches, you should stop being aggresive and desperate when you get answers that do not make you comfortable, I have no idea who you are I am just communicating my ideas on an open forum. Not my problem you do not care. If you cannot take it, go offline and relax for a while. I think you read in diagonal that you didn’t get it YET what I am trying to say.

    YOU SAID:
    “In regards to “your argument” that breasteeding makes you “intelligent”, your mother OBVIOUSLY did NOT breastfeed you because you are an IDIOT!”

    Now about the idiot part, I am not going to lower myself at the level you did. I truly hope you do not teach your children to call people “idiots” when they make a different point other than theirs.

  26. MD says

    Pinkstar…
    What the hell are you talking about?

    “MD, too bad you had no desire to breastfeed your child, you lost a great connection you could have had with your own offsprings”

    You don’t know me and you don’t know my children! DO NOT, even for one minute, accuse ME or MY CHILDREN on losing out on some “magical connnection” because my children did not suck from my tit! It takes more than a boob to “connect” with your child!

    You obviously have some deep rooted problems if you want to question my ability as a mother for not breastfeeding my child!

    Being bottle feed does NOT make your child obese! My children are perfectly healthy are in the correct weight percentile for their height! I used a MEASURED bottle! I KNEW how much my child was being fed!

    Did you have some traumatic brestfeeding experience where you feel the need to belittle other mothers for not breastfeeding? If you want to make a validate argument, may I suggest that you do so without being a bully!

    In regards to “your argument” that breasteeding makes you “intelligent”, your mother OBVIOUSLY did NOT breastfeed you because you are an IDIOT!

  27. pinkstar says

    Meanie Spice, are on a wrong track, don’t take my answer out of context. MY FIRST REACTION IN THIS THREAD WAS THIS:
    “JJ, you have no idea what you’re talking about when you say that “nothing happens to a baby if it is not breast fed”. People who have been breastfed for a long time, a year minimum, go stronger their immunity system is superior and you won’t see them sick very often. Besides, they grow far more intelligent. Do some research before you make such a bold statement. 😉
    TO THIS STATEMENT MADE BY JJ:
    “I don’t care for breastfeeding. I think babies are just as fine drinking from the bottle. Who wants sore nipples, mastitis infections and droppy breasts? Not me!”

    So before you react to smth make sure you are able to read well the whole thread. I don’t need for you to come and boast at us how much of a genius you are. I can also assure you I speak 6 foreign languages I have learned by myself, I am a graphic artist and a great photographer. But all of this was about breastfeeding, right?

    Let’s make it clear , of course that they are LOTS of intelligent people out there and very healthy as well WITHOUT being breastfed but this does not take away the benefits about breastfeeding. I hope you all get my point and stop taking stuff out of the context.

    In the end I really admire people like Maggie who do it old style with so much grace without complaining like JJ that her tits will be droppy or whatever other high maintainnace silly superficial commentary.

  28. pinkstar says

    Minkysmom, to make it clear, we do not talk about exceptions here, if a mother igets sick or about other situations who are unfortunate. In most cases it is preferable to breastfeed, all the doctors are encouraging it, on what world are you living on? All the people I know that they were breastfed, were exceptionally healthy throughout their lives and more intelligent than average.

    MD, too bad you had no desire to breastfeed your child, you lost a great connection you could have had with your own offsprings.

    You also said “Who cares how your child gets feed as long as you are feeding them and they are not going hungry!” WOW to that one, that is why most of Americans are overweight and having diabetis. It makes me wonder what type of a mother are you if you do not care the least “how your child gets fed”?
    Of course our genetics is the key role in the intelligence IQ one develops, but breastfeeding helps as well, take it as a bonus, no matter as much you want to deny it.

    JJ your research might have taken about one second if you were not able to find any noticeable difference in between the two ways of feeding a baby. Oh, well when you think Google makes it so easy, but here is a link for you, try to read fully and then you might change your mind. http://www.4woman.gov/breastfeeding/index.cfm?page=227

    As a conclusion, I agree breastfeeding is not for everyone, just for the ones who care or can. 😉

  29. Meanie Spice says

    I wasn’t breast fed and NEVER got sick as a child and still don’t. I play music by ear, I taught MYSELF how to make clothing and reupholster furniture and the very first mosaic I ever made went for 3,000 on Ebay (the only instructions I got for mosaic making were from the guy at Home Dept)
    My IQ is 138
    so……….you’re way off base with a generalizing comment pinkystar

  30. minkysmom says

    thank god some other people agree that breast is not always best! if formula wasn’t meant to be used, then there wouldn’t be any. it’s not crack, you don’t have to go down an alley to buy it!!!!!!!! breast feeding isn’t for everyone just like being a sahm isn’t either.

  31. JJ says

    N & MD – You are so right!!…I have done my research and have noticed that there is no significant difference between a child that was breastfed and one that rec’d formula…the final decision is the mother’s – what she feels is best for HER and her baby

  32. MD says

    #65 (Pinkstar)…

    (Your quote) “People who have been breastfed for a long time, a year minimum, go stronger their immunity system is superior and you won’t see them sick very often. Besides, they grow far more intelligent”

    I NEVER breastfeed my children…had absolutely NO desire too!

    My son, who is 4 years, 8 months old, just got tested for kindergarten. He has the INTELLIGENCE of a child who is 5 years, 11 months old! AND……he got his FIRST runny nose/cold EVER at the age of 19 months!

    Pretty good for a child that only received EVIL formula from a bottle, huh? People love to use the arguement that your breastfeed child will be healthier and smarter! That is not always true! Your genetics play more of a factor in health and intelligence then breastmilk!

    And even if I did breastfeed, I would be considerate to others around me and cover-up! Some people really need to get off their soapboxes! To each his own! Who cares how your child gets feed as long as you are feeding them and they are not going hungry!

  33. minkysmom says

    I’m sorry but it makes alot of sense to be able to get your baby to take a bottle after a while. What if something happens like the mother gets sick and can’t feed her baby? don’t wait till it gets to dire straights to try to get the baby to take a bottle. Also I think that it’s kind of rude to pull out your tittie and start feeding right around strangers who are eating. yeah it’s your right to feed your baby but it’s also everyone else’s right to be comfortable. it’s not illegal to smoke cigarettes, but it’s alot of places where it is permitted.

  34. N says

    “People who have been breastfed for a long time, a year minimum, go stronger their immunity system is superior and you won’t see them sick very often. Besides, they grow far more intelligent”……….

    I dont agree…. I know plenty of breastfed children that were sickly.

  35. Funky Mum says

    Good for her. Breastfeeding is perfectly natural and not something to brush under the carpet or hide away somewhere.
    Hopefully this picture will encourage those who are, or thinking of, breastfeeding.

  36. pinkstar says

    JJ, you have no idea what you’re talking about when you say that “nothing happens to a baby if it is not breast fed”. People who have been breastfed for a long time, a year minimum, go stronger their immunity system is superior and you won’t see them sick very often. Besides, they grow far more intelligent. Do some research before you make such a bold statement. 😉

  37. Vicric says

    ITS A LOVELY PICTURE!!! I would have been lovelier without the stupid pink heart on it but lovely none the less. Ha ha ha just put the milk in a bottle if you want to leave the house – OMG why didn’t I think of that, ahem because my daughter doesn’t like a great clump of rubber in her gob!!

  38. JJ says

    the thought of having a babies mouth on my breast 24-7 is not something I would find enjoyable…in fact, I would find it downright annoying and probably put an end to sooner than later…how do you mothers handle all that suckling…doesn’t it drive you batty? I don’t have patience for that kind of commitment…I’m not one of those women that would praise the virtues of breastfeeding…so moooooo all you want – it’s just not going to convince me to change my opinion 🙂

  39. BB says

    I see nothing wrong w/ a mother breastfeeding in public.I mean a baby is entitld to eat in public too right? I mean you don’t expect yourself to eat at home all the time do you? Or in a bathroom !its a beautiful picture !!

  40. Lacy says

    i do not think that ramona was playing with her mothers breast….it looks like if she were barely trying to get a grab on it to get comfortable for feeding. i think ramona was barely begining her meal, even maggie G.’s hand is underneath trying to get into position….

  41. Andrea says

    I don’t think the issue here with Maggie was: should mothers breastfeed in public or not? There are plenty of mothers breastfeeding where I live in public. BUT the big difference here is that they use a blanket or some sort of discreet cover-up.
    If you saw this actual picture, which I did, Maggie is basically topless on one half. Her breast is hanging out and her baby is in an awkward position, stretching her nipple.
    Now that’s something the public, including young children and teens, does not need to see. It was plainly distasteful.

  42. Zbella says

    I also breastfeed in public and to those of you who don’t like it I say MOOOOOOOOOOOO (join me # 57!)

    Kbaby #45 is right. It’s natural & beautiful.

  43. Zbella says

    I also breastfeed in public and to those of you who don’t like it I say MOOOOOOOOOOOO (join me # 57!)

    Kbaby #45 is right. It’s natural & beautiful.

    It’s funny how no one in real life has ever had a problem with it but they come to a gossip board to express their disgust with breastfeeding. You’d rather we pump like dairy cows or hide in our homes so YOU don’t feel a little uncomfortable. Guess you’ll just have to get over it (my brother-in-law did!) – because some of us are not going to hide away.

  44. diddlysquat says

    I bet Dori won’t be able to get her eyes off Maggie’s booby…
    She will see this pic and get all wet and drooly
    We all know she is a closet lesbian
    Read her posts on the Salma blog

  45. JJ says

    if Maggie’s daughter is in fact playing with her breasts rather than feeding — I’m appalled…my children will not be allowed to play with my breasts…that’s just so wrong!! breasts are not toys…there is a person attached to breasts…someone who respects themselves and their personal time…nobody should not allow a child to play with their breasts…

  46. denise says

    Breast is best, but people do not go out to see your boob. Use a little modesty and cover up. Be considerate of others.

  47. Libraesque says

    a mother should be able to do something as natural and NECESSARY as feeding her child if she’s out and about….I just don’t understand why she didn’t but a little blankie over it

  48. N says

    Go Maggie…. Although it looks like the child is playing with the tit instead of being fed by the tit. But if she wants to let Ramona play with it….. Go Maggie.

  49. renee says

    anyone who feels too embarassed to breastfeed their baby , get over it! we are mammals, for God’s sake, given mammary glands so that we can feed our young. this is how the human race has survived. how on earth could you ever think that giving your baby some chemically synthetic “formula” is in any way better for your baby?! “i don’t feel confident breastfeeding” is a totally lame excuse. what do you care if strangers see you feeding your baby?

  50. Jenna M. (UK) says

    Just wondering, are there laws in America protecting breast-feeding women? Here in Scotland we have laws saying that women cannot be stopped from breastfeeding anywhere, whether its in a restaraunt, on a bus, wherever. I totally agree with it, thats what they are there for!

    I find it shocking that people have sexualised breasts so much that they are offended when they are used for their original purpose!

  51. carleigh says

    HI KellyMay…nice to see you back.

    To all the others on here…this is my opinion take it for whatever it’s worth. I breastfed in public with both of my daughters but personally I wasn’t comfortable with flopping out MY OWN breast. Maggie seems comfortable and content with baring her breast in public to FEED her baby and that’s her choice, but for me it was my own hang-up’s about someone “seeing” my breast that prevented me from being so upfront and open. I would lay in bed and bare my breast so my babies could be fed, but there was just something sacred to me that I wouldn’t want to do something that personal in a public venue. I’m NOT in anyway, shape or form condoning scolding or discouraging Maggie from her personal choice, I commend her for being that comfortable and open with her body and her child, it’s rare to see a woman exerting those qualities when we are taught from an early age that breasts are purely sexual and should be treated as such. Kudo’s to her for her courage and confidence!!! I wish I had that much courage…but can live vicariously through Mags..baby Ramona is cute!

  52. Pam says

    Oh for crying out loud! Why would THAT photo upset anyone? It’s beautiful! Americans truly are idiots … oh, wait, I guess that’s how Bush got in the white house. And, btw, I am 50, breastfed both my daughters for a total of 3 years and my breasts are still perky and beautiful.

  53. Tess says

    I am not bothering tor ead the previous comments because I can imagine what that say…. GO MAGGIE!!!!!! This is a great thing for a celebrity to show the world that breastfeeding is just as natural as eating a corndog at the fair….

  54. Lauren says

    Publicity stunt? New movie coming out? She sure got herself some attention, didn’t she? Everyone in Hollywood has alterior motives : some jump on couches proclaiming love, some go thru the rehab revolving door and some pull their tit out in public!!

  55. JJ says

    I don’t care for breastfeeding. I think babies are just as fine drinking from the bottle. Who wants sore nipples, mastitis infections and droppy breasts? Not me!

  56. KellyMay says

    Thanks for sharing your intelligence #34 🙂 Absolutely no comparison not even remotely close…they have sex in public too. Come on make a valid point!

  57. the REAL DMITZ says

    I do however feel that the nursing covers or a blanket or some type of coverage would be a better option than what Maggie is doing in the pic. But as far as breastfeeding in public – I say DO IT!

  58. the REAL DMITZ says

    Simple – if you don’t like it don’t look at it. To each his own. She isn’t doing anything illegal. I think it’s close mindedness on subjects like this that make it hard for women today to do what’s best for their child. Yeah there is the breast milk in the bottle option but I’m the type of person that I will do things that I want to and what I feel is best and not do things just to please others or make sure they are not uncomfortable.

  59. Just me says

    I agree with #21. I saw the photo on another site and the baby is stretching it out. Once they start playing like that it’s time to give them a jar of food or something.

  60. Turkish Delight says

    If its so natural and beutiful why is this picture covered up!? SHE should be covered up! Noone wants to see that walking down the street! Do me a favour!

  61. Erin says

    to #32
    “Tell me why is it okay for other mammals to openly nurse their young but as a woman it’s wrong? ”
    It is also ok for male mammals to have their penis’ exposed, does that mean it should be ok for men to walk around with theirs hanging out?

  62. Mimi says

    Why cover the breast in your photo? Breastfeeding is completely natural…a mother nourishing her child. By “censoring” this picture, you’re sending the message that breastfeeding in public is “dirty” or something to be “ashamed” of. Shame on you!

  63. KellyMay says

    I respect her and lose respect for any mom whom has breastfed and says another needs to be discreet? Why!?! That is your opinion and yours alone, it shows that YOU are uncomfortable with your body and it’s function. My breasts were made to feed my baby, going topless is legal in Canada and by holding that attitude you make it a sexual thing, following along with our corrupt society and supporting it. It also saddens me that a woman whom states she has breastfed is saying it’s corruptive for the childs pointview! I see your already hard at work corrupting your children into societies thinking, we as parents teach our children basic morals and values, there is nothing mortifying about breastfeeding and you only make it that way by holding the viewpoints you do!
    Moms should not be made to feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding, it is by far one of the greatest gifts for both moms and babes! Which is why almost all world reknowned childrens group recommend breastfeeding for atleast a year optimal being two years. As far as the latch being wrong, if you are nursing a new baby or young babe then yes that would not work and you would most certainly have a sad baby and sore nipples but at that age they can nurse in almost any position and quite efficiently at that! For all the hype about Maggie exposing her boob in public to feed her child,this likely was less then 5 minutes. I am so thankful that within my role I can continue to support moms to feel comfortable with their bodies and most importantly not conform to societies thinking, this is how God intended for us to feed our babies!
    Tell me why is it okay for other mammals to openly nurse their young but as a woman it’s wrong?

  64. says

    In Europe, breastfeeding in public is not a problem at all. I personally would not do it, but I dont see anything wrong with it. The position that Romona is in however, looks uncomfortable. She sholuld be lying down and not sitting up. Anyway, good for maggie!

  65. Danica says

    They should take the heart away. Breasts should not have to be covered up. It baffles me how breasts, while so important because they feed babies, are viewed as only sexual parts. It disgusts me actually. One day maybe we will live in an America where women can go to the beach and take their tops off just like the guys, and people won’t go crazy over a boob. Kudos to Maggie for breastfeeding in public and not being ashamed of it. More celebrities and non celebrities need to do this as well.

  66. EmmyPoo says

    “Babies don’t care where they get their milk from…”

    Tell that to my 5 month old who refuses to take a bottle or dummy! And believe me, we’ve been trying. I’m going back to work in a month, and starting to fret about what he’s going to eat when i’m not around,

    Go Maggie, I say!

  67. Elaine says

    no 15. You are wrong about babies not caring where they get their milk from. I was advised not to use a bottle for the first few weeks, because it can confuse the baby and affect how they latch onto the breast. Some babies just won’t take a bottle, even if it is breast milk in it. In Scotland, its is a criminal offence to try and prevent a mother breast feeding a baby in public. I feed my baby in public and no-one seems bothered.

    I think the photo looks a bit intrusive – Maggie is covered up at one side, perhaps she didn’t think anyone could see the exposed side. We don’t know the circumstances of how the photo was taken.

  68. oby says

    My daughter refused changing to a bottle when she was almost a year,she stayed hungry for the first 2 days and my husband forced me to continue breastfeeding her.When she was a year and a half,we sent her across to my mother-in-law and because she couldnot see me,she learned to adapt.So,i do believe some children who are being breastfed would not take a bottle.In Africa and some parts of Europe,exposing your breasts to feed your baby is actually considered appropriate.Infact mothers who donot breastfeed in Africa and who donot have a medical reason not to are actually viewed as irresponsible and raise doubts wherever they go.I personally think women should be allowed to feed in public but i also feel they shouldnot expose their breast while doing it,you can lift up your shirt or cover with a shawl.

  69. JJ says

    I wouldn’t say there’s a problem with breastfeeding in America. I would rather say there is a societal problem with breasts. Breast have become a very sexual thing in America and their original purpose and function has been overshadowed by sex and woman’s sexuality…in developing countries a womans breast are just for feeding her young…if you were to tell an African woman that grown men in America enjoy suckling women’s breast they would view it as extrememly funny and strange…like grown men trying to be babies…so once again, it’s a societal brainwashing.

  70. tikki says

    i think you have a big problem with breastfeeding in america. in europe nobody has a problem with breastfeeding in public. the baby ist hungry! i do not stay at home the hole day – i go out with may baby and if he´s´hungry i feed him!!!!!!

  71. kelly says

    pump your tit if your gonna go out in public or cover up. come on that baby is just playing with her tit. if the baby is in its stroler she pobably just streatches the tit to the side so the baby can grab it and suck. come on that is what pumps are for. we all don’t want to look at the tits famous or not.

  72. JJ says

    the child has not properly latched onto the nipple…that is the wrong way to breastfeed – I saw the “uncensored” photo on another blog…looks very very wrong the way the baby is feeding…the nipple is like a straw…so ridiculous!

  73. Lauren says

    Wow, Ramona is getting so big. Personally, I wouldn’t breast-feed my child in public. I think it’s a private bonding time. But, if women feel comfortable, go for it!

  74. says

    ok # 17 babies do not care cared where they get thire milk from and why would we coverd up when we are eating are we sucking on a nipple like a baby no

  75. windylilly says

    It looks like Ramona is uncomfortable. I think Maggie needs to put her in another position. And for a note to Momof Boys…no, I don’t cover up when I’m eating, but I don’t eat with my mouth open, I don’t burp at the table, and I don’t use my hands to eat…good table manners, and good breast feeding ettiquet is not a bad thing.

  76. Momof Boys says

    Puhleeze! Grow up already, people! Feeding children is what breasts are for. Why should the baby have to wait when the mom is sitting there eating? Babies have as much right to eat in public as anyone else. And you’re wrong, Courtney, babies DO care how they get it. Many babies who are breastfed will not take a bottle. And why go to the trouble to pump when the milk is ready, warm, & already in its own container? I don’t see any of you covering yourselves up to eat. Honestly. If you don’t want to see it, then don’t look. I say kudos to Maggie for having the guts to do what is right for her child, public opinion be damned!

  77. says

    I say if you put it out there in public for everyone to see, then you leave yourself open to be exploited…whose at fault is Maggie for not keeping something as personal as breast feeding private…breast feeding is a beautiful bond between a mother and child, but I think there is a decency level to it…it should be done in privacy or at least with a blanket covering her…not everyone wants to see a lady pop her breast out and a baby sucking on it…people should be considerate about it…I personally don’t wanna see her breasts or any other woman’s in public for feeding…sorry to report to some that not everything that’s natural is beautiful…

  78. says

    I don’t have a problem with breatfeeding either, but what I don’t understand why don’t mothers pump before they go out in public and when the child is hungry give him the bottle with the breast milk in it until you get home. Not only would be a courtesy to others around you but it also keeps the mother from having to undo everything just to feed her child while she is out on an outing. The baby don’t care how they receive their meals as long as they get it.

  79. Penny says

    hmmm..between the 4 of us that are following this we have 17 children (1 has 6,another 4,the other 2,and the last 5) we all breast fed, and are in the process of Breastfeeding or weaning. So we are fairly comfortable with it, however the exposure, especially from the child’s point is just wrong. My mother had strong beliefs, however she let me make my own choices, and certainly didn’t make it public like that. I think being in the public eye and influencing such an emotional topic should be a personal choice. This little girl is going to have this image follow her forever. I know my sons are mortified at even a bathtub photo, never mind sharing an intimate moment like this. I guess we’re prudes, but we feel it is something that should be kept private if at all possible. On the other hand young children do have to be fed. At 8 months , a child should be able to take a cup or at least a snack until the mother can get settled and ready to nurse comfortably and discreetly. At least most of our children were able to be settled. On some days there were issues but they were fairly rare. Usually when they reached the ‘now or else ‘ stage it was too late to nurse them anyway, I think if she had been a bit more discreet there would never had been a debate.

  80. Jacquie says

    Good for her! Babies need to be fed and they certainly do not wait LOL I have b/fed 3 babies and while yes I did it in public my choice was to cover with a receiving blanket, I certainly was NOT a Mom who ran say to the bathroom to do it.

  81. flower girl says

    Penny, are you serious about the baby waiting to be fed??? I would love to see that conversation, or attempt at a conversation I should say. I’m sure most of those seated near Maggie appreciated her feeding her child rather expecting her to wait. Babies don’t wait..they cry, then scream, then scream louder. I bf my son until he was 2. He was well into his 2nd year before I could reason and ask him to nurse at a different time.
    I teach my child manners and to respect others and their feelings but I still nursed in public. It wasn’t about offending others or disregarding their feelings. It was about nurishing and soothing my child. Bf is something that people should be uncomfortable. It is the most natural thing a woman can do. The only way society is going to get over it and return to accepting bf (yes, it was accepted at one time and still is in most of the world) is by experiencing it. Seeing mothers nurse in public comfortably, children seeing thier mothers, aunts, etc nurse, seeing husbands support their wives will open peoples eyes. I’m not saying whip it out and show it off, but do what is natural and good for your child.

  82. JJ says

    why is the boobie covered? It’s just a tit for crying out loud – show it…personally, breastfeeding is not for everyone…some women like and some don’t…if a woman chooses not to breastfeed her child — I respect that, I will not make her feel less of a mother – nothing will happen to the infant if it’s not breastfed – some babies just don’t breastfeed effectively , so you can’t force them to breastfeed if they aren’t acccepting the tit…these days woman have options, thank god for breast pumps and wet nurses and infant formula…I’m as happy as a clam for having such choices!

  83. Joelle says

    Yawn…don’t you non-public b-feeders ever get tired of hearing yourselves whine so much? I certainly do! Go Maggie!

  84. mommytoDanny&Izzie says

    Good for her!!!! Breast is best. At least she isn’t drinking and partying her way to rehab. This a beautiful picture of a mother and child bonding. It shouldn’t have been edited.

  85. Penny says

    The debate is getting heated between a few of us mom’s here in Canada too. I agree we shouldn’t care, but society has placed that stigma on us. It’s largely thought of as a sexual thing and to expose it , even for your child is still a bit taboo. We feel like even discreetly nursing in public will clearly make alot of people uncomfortable. That isn’t something we’d like to expose our children to. We teach manners,and appropriate behaviors to our children so others will like our them . To undo all that teaching with a ‘like it or not’ approach just seems counterproductive to moving breast feeding ahead in society. Maybe if she had showed a little discretion this whole issue would never have been brought up. At 8 months (my friend has an 11 month old) she should be able to wait or even take a cup. At the very least lifting your shirt from the bottom seems to cover quite a bit more than pulling it wide open like this.

  86. says

    Personally, pics like this empower me – rather than make me feel insecure. I’m currently breastfeeding my 2 month old – and up until a few weeks ago refused to nurse in public for fear of public reaction. But my baby needs to eat and damn it, I need to get out of the house! So screw those people that can’t get over a booby! They’re not just for sex people! Go Maggie!

  87. Lacy says

    Penny, it doesn’t matter what people think about you breastfeeding. Of course, we shouldn’t show off our breasts, we were taught that from our parents, but there is a big difference between a breastfeeding mother, and a young woman who is out partying and showing her goods. Anyway, breastfeeding doesn’t have to be done in public…..just do it at home, surely you or any of your friends shouldn’t have problems with that.

    By the way, we are not living in the 60’s era anymore…..you shouldn’t care about what other people think, you should care more about your baby 🙂 compared to your baby, others people’s opinions shouldn’t matter.

  88. Penny says

    Oh come on, I know breast is best , but what’s best for the baby? I doubt having baby pictures of you chewing on your famous mom’s boob is high up there. Photos like this set breast feeding back about 100 years. Instead of making me (or several of my friends who are also new moms) feel confident about breastfeeding it just makes us feel insecure. We’re not comfortable just popping it out there after years of being told nice girls do NOT show those parts in public. Photos like this make us feel like we’re connected with some radical group like back in the 60’s where woman burned bra’s and stopped shaving to promote womens rights.

  89. flower girl says

    Good for Maggie! Why is the picture covered? I saw the whole photo on another site and it is a beautiful picture! There is nothing wrong with a mother bfing her baby. It is not gross, inappropriate, etc.

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