Oh, baby! Bethenny Frankel's stirring up quite the controversy.
Never one to keep her opinions to herself, The Bethenny Ever After star shared her thoughts on breastfeeding when she stopped by the Rachael Ray Show. "I think, unless you are Pamela Anderson, you shouldn't be showing anyone your breasts besides your husband and your baby."
Sharing her trademark wit, Bethenny — who does breastfed 8-month-old daughter Bryn — then told the audience, "Whipping out your boob at the dinner table is a good diet tip for everyone else." (Check out Bethenny's best one-liners and funniest moments.)
Hold your punches, Mommy Tysons. B acknowledges the other side of the breastfeeding fence and clarifies on her blog, "I don't impose my beliefs on others and I don't judge those choices... In my life, I opted to find a quiet place to feed my child. I thought it was a beautiful, intimate and private moment between myself and Bryn and I personally didn't feel comfortable doing it in front of other people outside of my home." Plus, the paps would just love to snap that photo, no?
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COSIGN COSIGN COSIGN, I think its something great and moment between my child and me and not a total stranger. As much as I know you must do it, I still get an uneasy feeling when other mothers do it around me. I watched 18 kids and counting and the mother did it on a parade float with a blanket and I still think that is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy tacky.
Are we talking covered or not covered here? If you think it's tacky to nurse w/a blanket/cover in public then get over it! Going to a private room is nice when there's an option, but what's the big deal when you're not showing anything? You're showing more boob in this picture than you would be with a blanket while nursing. To MarieR: it would have been way more "tacky" for the mom to not let her baby eat.
I breastfed my daughter for 8 months, and managed to keep it out of sight. I think it's a private moment that should be shared with the family, but no one else. Bethany's comment about getting photographed doing it reminded me of when Maggie Gyllenhaal was photographed in Central Park trying to cover herself with a blanket, yet somehow she came off as a pervert.
Oh who care? Bethenny is just one chick with one opinion. While agree it's a intimate moment I don't think it's anyone's business when and where someone chooses to feed their child. I've never breast fed in public, but I never slammed anyone else for doing it. Hey B, that line about the paps snapping that photo totally sounds like a cop out. Can you hear that beeping? That's you backing up, lmao. Breast feeding your child in public is fine just keep then covered ladies :)
"it would have been way more "tacky" for the mom to not let her baby eat." Breast pumps and bottles can be used in situations and breast feeding (with or without blanket) isn't necessary. Before you go off on the NO BOTTLES EVER, working mom's pump as well. Or should we allow all breast feeding children to attend work with Mom? Common sense folks...some have it, some don't.
It is tacky to plop it out in public. Yes, it is wonderful to breast feed....but there are certain things you do in private. Yes, it is natural but...peeing is natural also, but you don't do it in the middle of a restaurant do you? You would get arrested for that. Sometimes political correctness is void of common sense.
Yes, it is a wonderful and natural thing to breast feed....it is ALSO a wonderful and natural function of the body to pee, but would you expose yourself and pee in the middle of a restaurant where all can see you? You would get arrested for that. Some of this political correctness is void of common sense. Some things are meant to be done in private.
Realistically... it is NOT always possible (or desirable) to go somewhere else to nurse... I have been doing it for 3 1/3 yrs straight! I will NOT sneak away as though I am doing something shameful... I will NOT feed in a bathroom and I will NOT try to guess how much my child will want to eat while out, make a bottle, clean said bottle and pump parts, etc... certainly not for my child who won't take a bottle... at all... ever! It is people like this who make it taboo to simply feed our children and who make going to formula easier. I proudly BF in public without a cover to this day even though the youngest of my 2 nurslings is 17 months old... yes, I still BF him in public unashamedly!
It's fairly easy to breast feed in public without anyone being aware. That's what those silly little blankets are for. If you think you have to plop it out for everyone to see, you are an exhibitionist and pseudomartyr.
Peeing, pooping, burping and farting are all "natural" functions but you don't do it in public (well you try not to!). I have no problem if someone covers with a blanket. And what is up with people still nursing kids that walk, talk and have teeth? Now that is just wrong.
I just recently bumped into an article that mentioned this bit of controversy. I have always sympathized with Bethenny, could relate with alot of her issues and enjoyed watching her in The real housewives of New York city, then she got pregnant when I was expecting, so I also watched her spin-offs as there were even more things to relate to. Naturally, the more one relates to a "character" the easier it is to grow fond of it, and cheer it on. Imagine how many young expecting women, who relate to her in one way or another, watch her and see her as a role model.As a public figure she should use her voice for good, and support moms to achieve their personal breastfeeding goals, whether for 2 months, 2 years, or not at all, and to help break down the cultural barriers that keep breastfeeding from being embraced. The reason breastfeeding makes people uncomfortable is because they don’t see it enough. There are entertainers, who are just that, but Bethenny has accepted assuming the role of an advocate with Amedaon and Parenting magazine, among others. Thus, she should consider the impact her actions and words have and strive to be a better role model and advocate for moms. As for me, I nurse openly to do my part to normalize breastfeeding in public and to instill confidence in other breastfeeding moms. Whether you nurse with a cover or without - nurse proudly!