Local Woman Envisions Mobile Breastfeeding Truck

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A local artist and teacher at Carnegie Mellon University has come up with an idea to support mothers who are harassed for nursing in public.

Jill Miller envisions something she calls “The Milk Truck.” She wants to buy an ice cream truck and outfit it with a giant breast on the roof.

When a woman is made to feel uncomfortable or told to leave a public place for breastfeeding, she could contact “The Milk Truck.” The truck would respond and park in front of the restaurant or other establishment, along with followers of the program through Twitter and Facebook.

Project manager Tara McElfresh says they will lay down a rug, set up chairs under an awning on the side of the truck, and if the mother still needs to, she can nurse outside in an environment of support.

McElfresh says she’s heard stories of women who have encountered problems breastfeeding in public in Pittsburgh, including a woman who says she was told to leave a restaurant in Squirrel Hill.

Miller is trying to raise $10,000 to make the project a reality through pledges at a site called Kickstarter.com. She’s already raised $4,300 and gotten responses from around the world.

Once completed, the truck is scheduled to be part of an exhibit starting in September at the Andy Warhol Museum.

McElfresh says the truck will also make appearances at events.

Miller says the truck is supposed to be an attention-grabber when it responds to a call for help.

“Thought the nursing mother created a spectacle? Meet ‘The Milk Truck!'” she said.

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  1. Lindsey says:

    Im all for being a woman and a mother, as i am one. But theres no reason you cant take 20 minutes out of your time to go in the restroom or the car. Especially at a restuarant, i dont want to be out with my husband and kids eating and see that. And really a truck with a gaint breast? It raises another point, is a womans body not sacred? Its as bad as the movies with nudity every other sence. Some people just dont want to see that.

    1. omgitsaboob says:

      Would you eat your lunch in the restroom?

      Trust me, if you’re a breastfeeding mom, your husband and kids will see you do it. Particularly when you have a newborn during growth spurts, they can nurse as often as every hour, sometimes for over an hour at a time.

      1. Steve Bobenson says:

        I’ve often see women nurse in public places and personally have no problem with it. Maybe we’re indoctrinated into a culture that somehow sees breastfeeding in public as sexual, when it’s really a perfectly natural thing to do. Maybe it’s so hardwired into us, that such a public act is met with revulsion. It’s 2011, you’d think we wouldn’t be still so ashamed of our bodies. Thanks pope.

      2. dawn says:

        @Steve Bobenson

        “it’s really a perfectly natureal thing to do.”

        So is voiding and defecating, but I don’t want to see someone doing that in public either.

        Our society has become so focused on “ME” and “I have the RIGHT to do whatever I like” that we’ve lost all sense of right and wrong.

      3. Dave says:

        Breastfeeding is perfectly natural. People get hung up on this. what a bonding experience between a mother and her child.

        There is nothing sexual about this

      4. David Griffin says:

        I agree with dawn. There is a time and a place for almost everything. But any time and any place is not appropriate

      5. Anonymous says:

        If a I see a woman breast feeding in public, ide beeter see some breast action!!

      6. John Galt says:

        “Would you eat your lunch in the restroom?”

        There is no better possible response!

      7. Heywood says:

        Get it done before the food comes out …

      8. Nelson Miles says:

        I would like to see all lactating mothers nurse in public. I don’t think they should have to cover up either. How would you like to have a blanket thrown over your head when you are being nourished. Got mother’s milk? I want some too.

      9. ElaineHawk says:

        Look…I have breastfed my kids too. I did it with a blanket over the baby, so no-one could see. But If women are breastfeeding and exposing themselves…then you are nothing but an exhibitionist….be respectful…I don’t want to look at your boobs hanging out…that just means you have no class.

      10. Tarmangani says:

        I think you should be able to do it whenever and wherever you wish. I only hope I am there and I have my camera with me. If you think it is all that natural then you will have no problem having your “moment” enshrined on YouTube.

    2. Jody says:

      YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! go eat in a nasty bathroom. As a mother who nursed three kids, I did it where I wanted and when they needed.

      1. Anonymous says:

        My wife breast fed two children. Sure I saw her do it. So did my 5 yr old with the second child. She never fed them in a restaurant or bathroom. They invented this thing called a pump and you can just prepare for these public feedings.

        “I did it where I wanted and when they needed.” Yes, and this is why you are a pompous ass.

      2. Kel says:

        Pumps didn’t work for me at all. So that option was out of the question for me.

        You are very ignorant. You do realize that pumping and bottle feeding can actually decrease a woman’s milk supply, right?

      3. Jody says:

        Great I’m a pompous ass then (shrugs) As if your silly little opinion matters to me. Not ALL women can pump and covering up with a blanket is too much trouble once they start to wiggle around, mine often grabbed the blanket off of their faces any way.

        Besides, when I wear a bathing suit or low cut shirt men AND women stare at my breasts then too.You’d be amazed at how many times I’ve been accused of having implants because mine are “too perfect”. Wonder why no one is calling for us all to dress as some prudish puritan?

      4. Canof Sand says:

        Just because you’re a pervert and you run into strangers who are also perverts (staring at you, etc.) doesn’t mean perversion is okay.

      5. Jerrod says:

        I’m all for it.I like to stick my hands in my pockets and play with my balls while watching hot moms breastfeed

      6. Suzanne says:

        We teach our kids, well most of us do, that breasts are part of our “private areas”. Why do they suddenly become “public” just because you decide to nurse??? I don’t want my children or my husband seeing your “private areas”!!!!

      7. Jody says:

        Suzanne, do you go to the beach or public swimming areas? If yes then your husband has seen other women’s BREASTS and so have your children. They’ve probably seen more BOOB in those situations than if they were to gawk at a breast feeding mother. Are you really that insecure that you are afraid of your husband seeing another woman’s BREAST? That’s SAD!!!!

        I teach my children it’s impolite to stare, do you?

      8. Robert N says:

        I feel the same way about peeing, and I have no problem now peeing into a water glass at even the nicest establishments. It’s gotta be about my comfort. Peeing is not sexual. Maybe we’re just hardwired to be offended. I don’t know.

      9. Jody says:

        Yes Robert because urinating and breastfeeding are the same thing right? Ever heard the quote “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt .” Well you have certainly left no room for doubt. Then again, your kind never does.

      10. BarrysHypocrisy says:

        I think public breast feeders get off on the extra attention that they get. They probably don’t get enough attention from their husbands at home so they’re trying to get it somewhere else.

      11. You sound like a freakin liberal.

      12. Fanuci says:

        Jody why not post some pics of your “perfect” rack?

      13. Jody says:

        To Fanuci and Thrifty Texas Gal, first of all i vote INDEPENDENT, I am not so brainwashed that I can’t see the faults BOTH parties, but thank you for proving yourself to be just another one of those who throws out the liberal dribble. It’s a tired argument, but please, continue. Secondly, the request to see my boobs was a cute little attempt at a dare. Sorry kiddo, you’re not dealing with someone as witless as yourself who responds to play ground dares.

      14. Gator says:

        You are arguing a false choice. It is not as though a woman’s ONLY two choices are breastfeed at the dining table, or on a filthy bathroom stall with crack needles on the floor. It is a simple thing called common decency and appropriateness. Woman want their breasts to be innocent when feeding, but then dress them up when they want attention, but then accuse men of being perverts when they notice. The women who act stunned when baring a breast in public is deemed innappropriate are the same type of people who are outraged when the 10 commandments are on a courtroom wall, because it is so inappropriate. Personally I like breasts, but I like modesty, appropriateness, and decency better … and I am in the minority in this country anymore.

      15. Jody says:

        Gator, the person I responded to made the suggestion of nursing in the bathroom. I know this thread is huge and jumbled so you may have missed that post. As for decency, I am all for it! what I am intolerant of is ignorance. And where did i say I wanted my breasts to be “innocent”? Boobs are boobs, my opinion is people need to quit being so uptight over them! Not every woman can pump, not every baby will accept a bottle and there are even those who are physically incapable of using one. Cover ups are impractical once the baby gets old enough to yank it off and can create a situation where the mother brings attention to herself while fighting her infant in order to keep it covered. As for the gawkers, men will be men and uptight women will be uptight women. It’s no different than wearing a bikini and having some prude get all huffy because she catches her man sneaking a peek. Besides, in all my years of breastfeeding in public, I can honestly saw no one was ever able to catch a peep of my boob unless they came right over to me and stood over top of me and in that case should anyone be so stupid they might have found themselves shamed publicly. I’m not shy and I have a pretty sharp tongue😉

      16. Canof Sand says:

        Your sense of self-respect and respect for society is horribly skewed. You are part of the problem, as is this woman and her contemptible idea of a truck with a “giant breast” on top.

      17. Jody says:

        Canofsand, your arguments are juvenile at beast. Calling someone a pervert for breastfeeding? That’s the best you can do? Sorry munchkin, I don’t battle wits with unarmed minds. Please, exercise some self respect and leave the debating to the adults, not that there are many of those on here.

      18. jasperddbgghost says:

        Jody responds to every…..single…post about “her”.

        ….because every time everybody says something on the internet, you have to believe them.

        Me thinks Jody is incarcerated at the moment, real name is Bob
        and he breastfeeds the subordinate inmates. How’s that for playground?

      19. Elainehawk says:

        Jody you sound very ignorant!!! No-one wants to see your stupid breasts, cover-up and be respectful. You can breastfeeding without exposing yourself like I use to do, I covered up with a blanket or went somewhere where I could have privacy. The truck thing doesn’t sound like it will fly…sorry, bad idea!!!!! And Jody stop being so conceited, it’s very distasteful, no-one wants to hear your bragging. Your mom didn’t teach you any manners or how to act like a lady.

      20. Jody says:

        Elainehawk. may I use your high horse for a moment? Thanks. Ignorance is ASSuming something of which you know nothing about, such as my “exposing” myself when I breastfed. FACT is a woman CAN breastfeed with out exposing herself, even with out the need of a blanket or cover. Conceited? not a bit, I am very modest. Lady like? How boring. If you were such a well mannered lady you would have held your tongue, instead you revealed yourself to be nothing more than a self righteous nit wit. Bravo!

      21. Moose says:

        I have to concur with Anonymous. You sound like a pompous ass.

        I don’t care how good you think you look in a bathing suit. With an attitude like yours, I’d find you quite unattractive.

        I bet my lunch for all next week you are also the type of person who prides themselves on speaking prior to thinking. Assuming unedited spoken thoughts are like unrefined precious gems that are freely vocalized – without regard to etiquette or those around. When you’re real “virtues” are a lack of empathy and self control.

    3. Durpadeedurp says:

      Or you could just bottle it like my wife and every other mother with a sense of modesty and decency does.

    4. Michael Hansen says:

      Are you serious? Would you eat in the restroom? You really need to grow up if you feel a woman breast feeding is an offence to society. Next time you are out, be sure to take your kids into the rest room to eat their lunch. You have some nerve lady…

      1. Elainehawk says:

        Michael…you are obviously an idiot….I breastfed my kids in public with a blanket over me and the baby…we are talking about women thinking it’s ok to expose their boobs when doing so!!!! We are not naked cave people anymore, or maybe that’s how you Live !!!!!

    5. omgitsaboob says:

      Durpadeedurp-

      Skipping feedings can cause mastitis for many women. Not to mention that pumped milk can be a valuable commodity. Using up a bottle of pumped milk when the mom is right there with milk available would be wasteful for some moms.

      As a stay-at-home mom I have a decent sized stash of 60 oz in the freezer. That represents about 10-12 feedings. I would not feel comfortable using 10% of my freezer supply up for a routine outing — especially when I am there with my baby and can provide for them right from the tap.

    6. Melvin says:

      Oh, let me guess another, “In Your Face Mother,” proclaiming to the world, that they are a mother.”Stow it sister, your not the first mother and not the last, and besides you love your child, but don’t force it on the rest of us.

      1. Mother Nature says:

        Awwww… you must be one of those lovely Child-free nut jobs! Nice to meet you! I always enjoy having fun with your type😉

      2. kristy says:

        why do you feel the need to call someone who doesn’t want, or is unable to have, kids “a Child-free nut job?” wow – you’re a piece of work.

      3. Mother Nature says:

        Get over yourself Kristy, Melvin’s comment was equally insulting towards parents, yet i don’t see you making a sad attempt at chastising him.

      4. kristy says:

        wow. we’re a “tad testy,” aren’t we? i’m y, but i don’t have the time or inclination to criticize or compliment every single post on here. i pick and choose ’em, hon. get over YOURSELF.

      5. kristy says:

        should’ve typed “sorry.”

      6. Mother Nature says:

        So now I’m testy for pointing out your double standard? What ever gets you through the day, sweet pea.

      7. anna says:

        Why can’t we just let loving mothers discreetly feed their babies and if we are not comfortable look away. No name calling, rude remarks, stares, or comments. Just look somewhere else. In a restaurant you usually have plenty to look at, how about the person you are with or a book. Why do some people seem to make this such an issue. Are there not enough more critical issues in our society that actually harm society??? Keep on breastfeeding your children discreetly and most of the time no one even notices or cares. And quite often a grandmother like me will remember with pleasure that time in our lives.

      8. Deb says:

        Thanks, Anna, for an intelligent comment. I nursed three babies in the1980’s and found the encouragement I received came from women who had nursed in the 20’s or 30’s. By my mother’s generation they were only bottle feeding (the 50’s) and didn’t understand why our generation would choose to breastfeed. Most of these posted comments reveal a lack of respect for mothers and their choice to do what’s best for their baby. Sadly, I’m seeing this generation moving away from breastfeeding. The benefits for the child are undeniable. As far as pumping breast milk…why? The convenience is part of the advantage.

      9. Ash says:

        Thank you for your…I don’t know what to call it. Kindness? Humanity? I go to a very small church, and it was an older lady who set up a nursing room for those of us with young babies. I would not have been able to go to church until my son was nine months and old enough for real solids if it hadn’t been for that room, as he inevitably would get hungry during our hour and a half service. I tried nursing in the nursery once, but a gentleman came back to let his daughter play, and he was embarassed and flustered even though nothing was showing. After that, it was the nursing room for me–a storage closet with a few extra chairs set up and a piece of paper over the window in the door, but at least it was a place I could breastfeed without bothering anyone.

        I do hope, though it’s a long way off, that nursing my children will normalize it for them. Perhaps then, when they’re grown, they won’t throw such stupid fits about people needing to use bottles in public. Maybe they’ll be more understanding and will simply smile and know how happy and healthy some random nursing mom’s baby must be instead of demeaning and insulting her while she tries to do nothing more than care for her child. It only took a few generations to turn all of humanity’s long history as milk-producing and -consuming mammals on its head. Maybe, if I’m lucky, it will only take a few generations and some women willing to risk being kicked out of restaraunts and other public places to make breastfeeding an acceptable, normal option again. Who knows, maybe I’ll even live to see it.

        And when you do notice, and you do remember with such pleasure, never underestimate what a simple smile or a kind word might do for that mom, who’s probably expecting someone to pick a fight instead!

      10. babboo says:

        @Melvin,

        What’s the issue? your parents forced you on us. Apparently that makes us even.

    7. Sick of Stupid People says:

      Yes, let me go and feed my baby in an unclean public restroom or take my other kids away from their activities and lock them in the car with me because if your sensitivities. Every nursing mom I’ve ever seen takes great care to make sure she’s respectful of everyone else and stays covered so if you can’t keep your eyes to your self then you damn well deserve to see everything that “offends” your sensibilities!

    8. Sid Fein says:

      I’ve seen breasts before, they don’t bother me. I think that there are two extreme sides to this issue. Overmodesty vs. Voyeurism. (Is overmodesty a word? hehehe) There should be some middle ground that we AS A SOCIETY should be able to adhere to. There should be NO laws regarding this, just a respect for decency on one side and respect for nessesity on the other.

    9. Jax says:

      Anyone who thinks that a baby should be fed in a bathroom should have their meal served in a toilet bowl.
      On that note…breast feeding, bottle feeding, should end on the baby’s first birthday.

      1. omgitsaboob says:

        Jax- The World Health Organization recommends that mothers breastfeed for the first two years — or longer both mom and baby desire. The benefits to a child’s immune system stretch into toddlerhood, when kids often begin exploring their worlds more and being exposed to more germs. Additionally, the fat in breastmilk is most readily metabolized and easily transformed into mylenin, the substance which coats nerves and newly formed neural pathways in the brain. And the calcium in breastmilk is the most easily absorbed to build strong bones. Finally, the proteins in breastmilk are shorter than those in cowmilk and thus more easily metabolized to be used to build growing bodies.

        Breastmilk is just as beneficial to a toddler as it is to an infant. Switching an infant over to cow’s milk after a year for the sake of twisted cultural prejudices does a disservice to our children.

    10. robert says:

      Women should be able to breastfeed in public. It’s natural and not sexual. Grow up. I don’t want to see guys wearing wife beaters on and baggy pants but I am a grown up and just ignore it. The truck is an interesting but probably uneccessary one.

      1. jasperddbgghost says:

        Exactly. Next thing you know we will have a prostate awareness truck
        with huge genitals on it…..but I think that already exists…in SanFranSicko.

    11. Katie says:

      Seriously, I am a mother of a 4 month old baby. I don’t want to see that. Pump and put it in a bottle or go to your car.

      1. Heather says:

        You are probably the mother to a 4 month old who is formula fed(gross). If I was to pump milk before we left the house how do suppose that I warm this milk when my child needs it? All the people who are against breast feeding in public are just breast feeding ignorant. You need to educate yourselves on breast feeding before you make stupid sexual comments on it.

      2. Ellen says:

        Heather — formula feeding is not GROSS. That is a horrible thing to say. Women who formula feed need just as much support as women who breast feed. Talk to any mother whose child couldn’t breastfeed. Formula is not awful. It is not evil or nor does it mean that the mother doesn’t love her child. Don’t be one of those breastfeeders who bad mouth those who use formula. It just as cruel as saying breastmilk is gross.

      3. Eric Haaland says:

        +1 for formula being gross. That said, if you have some medical reason for not being able to breastfeed, what else are you going to do?; wet nurses are hard to come by these days so you shouldn’t feel guilty as long as it really was a last resort.

      4. Anonymous says:

        Gee Heather. I was formula-fed due to the fact that my mother was sick and did not have any milk. What am I, gross, too? Get off my Internet, please.

    12. Ian says:

      You’re an idiot.

    13. Anonymous says:

      that is completely absurd ….yes a women”s body is sacred and that is why it should not be treated as a sex object ! Giving milk to your infant is the most important thing you can do and having to hide out in a bathroom or your car is completely unfair. When I breast fed my daughter I would lift my shirt and she would nurse and my breast was barely visible, why should I need to sit in a smelly bathroom just to do the most natural thing we are built to do?

    14. donating to breastmilk truck says:

      Oh come on Lindsey! I’m donating to the truck, it’s about time we stop giving in to conservative, unnatural behavior that is backpedaling this country into the dark ages. I’m a new mom and am loving it, and when my baby girl is hungry, I don’t care wear we are, I’ll feed her until she’s as happy as can be. It’s the most amazing thing in this world, and I won’t hide it.

      1. McKenzie says:

        Uh – what does being conservative have to do with breast feeding? Nothing says tin foil hat like, “Help! Conservatives won’t let me breast feed! Help! I’m being oppressed!”

        You know, it REALLY IS a conspiracy. Conservatives don’t want you to breast feed because breast milk is healthier for brain development than dry milk. Conservatives want mindless drones, not young, healthy, enlightened liberals! You might be on to something here – seriously!!! I bet in 15 years, conservatives will make breast feeding illegal all together.

      2. Ulfhendar says:

        Uh, conservatism has NOTHING to do with breast feeding, as far as I know. They used to be the ‘traditional’ folks, before the polarizing of liberals and conservatives by the powers that be (the govt), who want the people to be divisive. What could be more tradidional than breast feeding a kid?

      3. Growup says:

        What’s it like being a narcissist? No one is impressed by your supposedly “enlightened” approach to life. No one is even telling you not to breast feed your child. I can’t take my pants off on a hot humid day, even though there’s swampy conditions below. What? Was that too nasty for you? Guess what? What i said isn’t sexual either but some people find public breastfeeding equally as repulsive as me walking around pantsless on a hot day. Sure, both may feel good, but fair or not, those are the rules and they don’t bend because you don’t like them.

    15. Bones says:

      LOL – I think you summed it up pretty well.

    16. Anonymous says:

      I’d like to see YOU eat in the restroom. Disgusting thought, isn’t it? If you don’t like to see a mother breastfeeding her child, don’t look. Its a baby eating, that’s it. Society has sexualized breasts. But babies still need to eat, so deal with it.

    17. Ulfhendar says:

      Are you reall that much of a puritan that you can’t handle the sight of a woman breast feedin a child? It’s not like she’s on a stripper pole on your table or something, If you equate breast feeding to arousal, you may just be a puritan.

    18. Anonymous says:

      Would you eat in a public bathroom?? Why should my child? If you don’t want to see it then look away.

    19. Ed Hartwell says:

      Are you saying you would like the baby to feed in a restroom? Breastfeeding is a very normal and healthy aspect of motherhood. Why would you want to send this sacred woman’s body to the restroom or car? Breastfeeding is legal and allowed in most states. If you are offended or oject in any way, you should exit the facility.

    20. Christina smith says:

      . . .I feel like a second class citizen when I have to be the one to hide. I prefer to be discreet as well. . .blanket or whatever. . .but as a woman and a mother I think our job is second to none and harassment is certainly not supporting our role. You ought to stay home if you can’t handle normally functioning people.

      I understand the giant breast though. . .I don’t think as someone who does it quietly I’d want a beacon like that over me. I’m not trying to make a statement, I’m just trying to feed my child.

    21. jellylee2020 says:

      This is a free country, if you don’t want to see a movie, don’t go. If you don’t want to see others breastfeeding in public, look away. I find people’s over zealous religious decoration of their home offense in my neighborhood but I don’t go about making a stink asking them to tone it down. It’s their right to display whatever they want in their front lawn regardless how offensive they may be to me.

    22. Anonymous says:

      DO YOU EAT IN THE RESTROOM, REALLY? People who make such comments really do not understand the problems that our society inflicts on breast feeding moms. People go to Hooters and that is not a problem!

    23. Harley says:

      There is nothing wrong with breatfeeding in public, but American women have no class or tact about it. Cover yourself with a thin blanket for modesty the same way my mom did in public. I am sick and tired of seeing mothers breast feed their children and then look around to pick a fight with people who might indirectly object to seeing the wilderbeast act.
      I saw Selma Hayak wip it out and breastfeed an African child on national tv and was surprised that the blacks around her didn’t stop the freak show that we call child abuse.

    24. Bob Jones says:

      Thank you for being respectful.

      I don’t have a problem with a mother feeding her child, but do I really want to see a lady pull out her boob, flop it around and feed it to her child? Especially while I myself am eating in a restaurant? No, not really.

      There’s a time and a place for everything, and a restaurant/retail store is not the time OR place to pull out your boob and feed your child.

      I’m all for respecting feeding mothers, but remember, respect is a two way street.

    25. sherry says:

      Really? So I have to drag my 2 other children with me to a disgusting bathroom (would YOU eat in the bathroom?) or the car in the middle of our meal for me to feed my baby naturally. A woman’s breasts are MADE for feeding our children, it is men who have decided they are sexual and should be covered up and women have let them do so.

    26. Anonymous says:

      to the restroom?! are you serious? Would YOU eat your lunch/diner in the bathroom in a stall next to someone who is pooping and/or doing their business?! I honestly don’t think you would. So don’t ask our infants/children to do the same.

    27. Anonymous says:

      Yeah – sorry. I’m not feeding my baby in a dirty bathroom.

  2. Get A Room says:

    Urinating and defecating are as natural as breastfeeding so why can’t I do either of those things in the dining room of a restaurant?

    1. Karen S. says:

      Because one is eliminating waste and another is feeding a child. Oh heavens, I sure hope you don’t actually confuse these two things in practice!!!

      1. Dwayne Golden says:

        Seriously, he/she probably does confuse the two concepts. Seriously, how could it EVER offend anyone to see a mother feeding an infant that way.

    2. Anonymous says:

      really? urinating and defecating?? That’s what you compare nursing too? Get help!

    3. Jax says:

      We are speaking to the baby eating not pooping…did you miss something? Are you a liberal…that would explain it…those folks always miss the point.

      1. Reddingo says:

        He’s probably a conservative, those are the people who get upset about women breastfeeding in public.

      2. jellylee2020 says:

        Liberals are not offending by public breastfeeding. The conservatives are the ones making the stupid noises.

    4. Mike says:

      So you can eat in a resturant but a baby can’t?

      Did you even bother to think about what you typed before you hit submit? Get real.

    5. Canof Sand says:

      You can argue breastfeeding in public is okay because [insert argument here], but you CANNOT honestly argue that “Get A Room’s” point doesn’t defeat yours about breastfeeding being “natural” and thus okay.

      1. holy jeebus says:

        Uhhh, yes she can. Two completely different things. Breastfeeding a baby at a table is FAR different than changing it’s diaper on the table.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Really???? I thought the whole idea was to take the embarassment out of breast feeding, and you put a big breast on the top of the truck, gee, no embarassment there.

    Im all for breast feeding, however it would be nice for women to have some dignity when doing so. There is no reason you can’t cover yourself. I would breast feed almost anywhere and most never knew I did it because I had a really cute cover. Other than the occassional slurp from the gluton underneath nobody knew.

    Enjoy your baby completely, but no need to make others feel uncomfortable or uneasy about your duties as a mother. Exposing yourself in public is just no discreet. Have some dignity and self respect. When women don’t and they expose themselves anywhere to feed the baby, they sure do take away the preciousness and beauty of the bond that takes place.

    1. Karen S. says:

      I think the idea is that the breastfeeding mom has nothing to be embarrassed about — it’s the waiter or shopkeeper or whomever is breaking the law by asking her to “do that somewhere else” who should be ashamed!

      I don’t like those covers for my own use. I’m not ashamed of feeding my child, the covers are not comfortable for either me or my child, and when my child wants to eat I’m not going to fiddle around with a drape around my neck — I’m going to feed my child. However I am glad that such things are available for women who are uncomfortable otherwise.

      1. Anonymous says:

        its not about the mother being uncomfortable. it’s about having some self respect and privacy and intimacy that doesn’t need to be shared with the entire world. I never found the breathable, lightweight, modest covers to be a bother or uncomfortable at all.

        Besides with all the freaks nowadays and the perverts, it was nice to know that they weren’t getting a show while mom and baby were having a moment. I have no problem with women breastfeeding, but taking others feelings into consideration and having some modesty was my point.

        Just because it’s your right doesn’t mean it’s ok to offend others, especially if you know it might bother some.

      2. Anonymous says:

        When I’m trying to eat my meal that I paid for I’d rather not have a woman at the table next to me with her boob hanging out. EW.

      3. Jim says:

        As others have pointed out, I have no problem with breast-feeding in public. But Anon simply proposed taking other people’s feelings into consideration. You respond with by making it about what you want, Karen. The covers are a nice compromise, because it isn’t fair to other people who are paying for their meal to be forced into an uncomfortable situation. And if you judge them silly for it, fine. But you don’t get to force your social intolerance on them any more than they should be entirely able to enforce any intolerance on you.

        So compromise. Stop being so self-centered, please. Balance the needs/wants of others with your personal desires/convictions. This is how you make progress.

      4. Karen S. says:

        @Jim, I don’t judge them to be silly at all. I said I’m glad that covers are available for women who feel more comfortable using them. But it would be silly for me to use something that I find uncomfortable, that my child finds uncomfortable, to prevent discomfort on the parts of others… especially when I have never noticed anyone being discomforted by my breastfeeding my child!

        I do challenge the idea that the mental discomfort of a stranger should trump the physical discomfort of my own child.

      5. Canof Sand says:

        Judge them silly or not, it’s not your “right” to breastfeed openly (without covers) in a restaurant or some place, and you well know how that’s going to be taken by others. You are being selfish if you refuse to be modest. The baby can certainly handle appropriate measures being taken, whether it’s covers or going to another room. And y’know what? Too bad for you if you have to take them to another room because you don’t like the covers or the baby *really* doesn’t like them (but I have to point out that most babies can learn to deal with those things just fine even if they’re not entirely happy with them; all kids are unique, of course). Parents have to take their kids out of places all the time for various things. Deal with it.

      6. Karen S. says:

        Actually Canof Sand, it is my right.

      7. Hindsight Hippo says:

        Just because it is within your rights to do a thing does not mean it isn’t selfish and rude.

        I have a right to say whatever I want, but it’s still incredibly rude for me to fail to take into account the feelings of the people around me. It would be rude for me to discuss my embarassing medical problems in front of strangers who might be uncomfortable. It is equally rude for you to refuse to take into account the sensibilities of others when you refuse measures of modesty while breastfeeding.

      8. Philip Inuhoff says:

        You have ZERO rights in an eating establishment owned by a private citizen.. You can not come to my house and drop udder, what makes you think you can do it in my restaurant?
        I have every right to refuse service to anybody I want for any reason I want…

        No SOUP FOR YOU!!!!

      9. Udder Dropping says:

        Sorry Phil but you are wrong if you live in PA and about 45 other states😦

        Public or Private if you have a right to be there otherwise you can not be thrown out. Check it out, I’m coming to your restaurant and dropping udder!

        § 636.3. General rule

        A mother shall be permitted to breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be present, irrespective of whether or not the mother’s breast is covered during or incidental to the breastfeeding.

    2. omgitsaboob says:

      Even the lightweight covers would leave my baby drenched in sweat. And they only worked until he was about 4 months old, as after that he would grab it and pull it away.

    3. annon says:

      Really?, Seriously?, Get Out!, Shut up! (insert next overused cliché here)

      Are you able to speak/write without idiotic trendy phrases

      Making love is both beautiful and natural. Just like breast feeding.

      1. I back these guys says:

        Hippy

    4. Ash says:

      The problem is that some people freak out if they even realize you’re breastfeeding at all in their august presences. I don’t have any desire to show my breasts to the world. When possible, I find a quiet spot in a changing room (NOT a bathroom), where there’s a bench and a little privacy. That’s not always possible, though, and my son hates being covered up. Messing with the nursing cover just ends up drawing more attention. I wear a nursing tank under a shirt–pull the top layer up, unsnap the top of the tank, and no one can see a thing once he’s latched on.

      Guess what? The people who realize that he’s nursing STILL throw fits. It’s not about endangering their sensitive eyes by ripping my whole shirt off in public–it’s about their issues with me feeding my child the way he was meant to eat. I’m lucky that my body responds well to a pump, and early on, I did take bottles of pumped milk with us occasionally when we went out. That included to family’s houses, because they took (and take) major issue with my breastfeeding at all.. Breastfeeding is a supply and demand system, though, and when your baby starts demanding, your body’s also ready to start supplying. Bringing a bottle of expressed milk meant I also needed to bring my pump and find a place to use it shortly thereafter or risk engorgement and the accompanying pain, and I have yet to find a discreet way to pump, unlike nursing. Maybe if more people knew just how crucial it is to nurse or pump when your child is hungry, we wouldn’t have the insane levels of new moms whose milk supplies just magically “disappear” when they start supplementing with formula to avoid the embarassment of being treated like a leper for simply wanting to feed your kid.

      1. MomWhoNurses says:

        Couldn’t agree more…with all of it!

        People forget that breasts have TWO purposes, not just one. And it doesn’t matter how discreet the mother is, it can make other people uncomfortable. We have become a society where we feel we must be comfortable at all times. UGH! This is why we have suburbs built with 10 foot fences all around so we don’t have to be uncomfortable with people not “like us”. Well, given that we happen to live on a planet with OTHER PEOPLE, we will sometimes become uncomfortable. There is also an article just out about an airline thinking about banning infants from flying because they fuss and it makes some people uncomfortable.

    5. Suzie says:

      First sane comment on this board… I agree!!!! Have dignity for yourself and respect for others!

    6. Crystal says:

      I agree completely. I whole-heartedly support breastfeeding as I breastfed all three of my kids but have some dignity and do it privately. I don’t want to see your breast, my children and husband don’t want or need to see your breast. The reason people complain about others breastfeeding in public is because they have no shame and flop their boob out wherever they are. Have some modesty or join a nudist colony until your child quits breastfeeding. For all the mother’s that breastfeed with dignity…. Great Job!

  4. Anonymous says:

    a couple of things. 1. Milk can still go bad in a bottle unless refrigerated.
    2. They are not the most anatomy friendly. They can be painful. I’ve done it both ways.

  5. This isn't Europe says:

    1. A store keeper can refuse business to anyone they want. It’s kind of a perk of owning a business.
    2. Isn’t breastfeeding suppose to be discreet? Why would any woman want to climb inside a vehicle with a huge boob on top? Might as well put neon lights around the nipple while you’re at it. How many crank calls do you think this service is going to get? “Huh huh… Let’s send the boob mobile to Timmy’s house. huh huh”

    Good concept but going about it all the wrong way. All you have to do is be discreet. Cover yourself up when doing so.

    1. Karen S. says:

      A storekeeper would be breaking the law in so doing. A woman has the right to breastfeed her child in public in Pennsylvania.

      Why, actually, should breastfeeding be discreet? It’s just feeding a child. I have three kids and if I had to pick 1000 words to describe them, discreet would not be one of them.

      1. Anonymous says:

        Who is this between, you and your child or you, your child and the entire world? I have breastfed all three of my children. Is there something wrong with being discreet, or are you just so into what your rights are that you forget that others have rights too?

      2. Karen S. is the problem says:

        Actually the storekeeper would not be breaking the law as long as their refusal of service wasn’t based on race, color, religion, or national origin. Are you that rude and inconsiderate to not be discreet? Quit stirring the pot. Wow Karen S. – I hope someone puts you in your place one day.

      3. G says:

        apparently, you can’t read, since the law, pasted here already, states that it IS illegal to refuse service to a breastfeeding mom.

      4. Karen S. says:

        Well, I guess I’m not embarrassed to be a pot-stirrer either. Or is the comment section on a news site only open to comments critical of a story? Perhaps I missed that guideline. Anyway, I do know what the law is — a mother has a right to nurse her child in any public place where she has a right to be. If I was ejected from an establishment for doing something that was legal, then that would be an illegal act. It would be discriminatory. If a shopkeeper ejected someone of a particular race or religion from their establishment, not because the SHOPKEEPER didn’t like them, but rather because the other customers didn’t, that would also be discrimination.

        For what it’s worth, I have never ever seen anyone “whip it out” and I spend time with, you may guess, a pretty breastfeeding-friendly bunch. I find Pittsburgh to be a very accepting place for public breastfeeding and the only comments I have received when I am breastfeeding a child in public is a grandmotherly type sharing with me that nursing her kids is one of her most beloved memories.

      5. Antonina M. says:

        If you don’t even have the basic concepts of our legal system down, please don’t try and explain it to people. Haven’t you ever seen signs at establishments that say “No shoes, no shirt, no service”? It’s not illegal to do those things, but if an owner of a private establishment wishes to set those guidelines, it’s THEIR choice not YOURS. Can you just fall asleep in someone’s restaurant and not expect them to ask you to leave?

        No one here is even objecting to breast feeding, just saying that in a PRIVATE establishment (which is what a restaurant is, btw) they have the right to ask you to be discreet. It is not YOUR right, it is the OWNER’s right.

        Both of our children were breast fed and not once was this even a remote issue for us. Geesh……

      6. G says:

        oh, so a PRIVATE bulding owner can refuse to rent to blacks?

      7. Just let it go says:

        You really don’t have a clue about the law. Please stop.

      8. BD says:

        Too bad a privately owned RESTAURANT is NOT a PUBLIC PLACE. If I don’t want you on my property I can ask you to leave.

        My wife breastfed, and being forced to go to the bathroom isn’t ideal many times, but tossing a light weight cover/blanket over the baby is not just beneficial for the adults around, but usually the baby will eat more because its not distracted.

      9. Rzr Tuf says:

        Women should be feeding their family at home during these hard economic times. And I for one am sick and tired of all you young ladies full of yourselves…full of drama and I will do as I please, so there.This is America and I for one would like to see laws that make breastfeeding in public a so called right repealed.

      10. Ash says:

        Rzr Tuf, I really hope you’re just a troll trying to pick a fight. A few points: Men can cook just as well as women if they feel the need. I do cook for my family, and we’re healthier and have more money in our bank account because of it. Still, my parents are convinced that eating out is the greatest treat ever for us, and they insist on taking us to restaurants occasionally. I have yet to be able to convince them to come over here or cook supper for us at home. What should I have done when my son was still exclusively breastfed and got hungry while we were out? I barely like going to the bathroom in most restaurants, much less sitting on a toilet (almost always without a lid) and trying to nurse. When we drove, I would sometimes spend the entire meal going back and forth between the table and the car, sitting alone in a parking lot while everyone else ate without me (where I’ve been stared at and where someone once pounded on my door and informed me that I was disgusting and that formula was invented for a reason). When we took a bus, I was really out of luck. I’m very modest, particularly by today’s standards, but I don’t see the problem with choosing a booth in a corner somewhere and discreetly nursing if my kid needs it. Would you prefer that he scream in hunger the whole time? Or maybe you’d prefer that I stayed barefoot in the kitchen and didn’t set foot outside my house until this child and any future ones are weaned. Always better just to let the menfolk go enjoy a night on the town without us pesky women getting in the way with our covered breasts and hungry (but easily satisfied) babies.

      11. Michael D says:

        “A store keeper would be breaking the law in so doing. A woman has the right to breastfeed her child in public in Pennsylvania.”
        It is funny how wick to point out the “mistakes” in other people’s arguments, yet yours are often equally as flawed, or flat out incorrect. Sure, you have the right in public… Just a note you may want to consider. These restaurants or businesses or shops, are not necessarily considered public, and they do reserve the right to refuse service to whomever they please. if you wish to exercise your right to breast feed in public, go outside in a truly “public” sense of the word and do so there.
        I am in no way against breast feeding, or even breast feeding in public. However, please hold a little respect for the people around you. this whole debate requires compromise from both sides, but for some reason you seem to expect everyone to conform to what you believe because you have the “right” to publicly breastfeed, so to hell with their feelings. Sure, people need to grow up… A child is hungry and isn’t going to stop fussing just because the person in the next booth is uncomfortable. This means a child needs to be fed, and in my opinion, a feeding child is better than a screaming child. However, I do also believe that although the baby isn’t going to have any discretion, the GROWN UP mother should. If you are being discrete and respectful about it, more power to you. If you hold the self-centered and self-righteous attitude that “I am going to breast feed, when I want, where I want, and however I want” you are in fact the problem.
        Though reading these comments, and in particular those by people such as yourself or Jody, you are the first to blame all these “ignorant” people and discredit their opinions and only accept your own, or those directly in line with yours, as gospel. May I point out that this very attitude is actually ignorant by the very meaning of the word.

      12. Philip Inuhoff says:

        You Idiot! A restaurant is a PRIVATE establishment not a PUBLIC place!!! Get a clue, milk sack! I have ejected at least 10 women from my restaurants for breastfeeding in my 30 years in business.. I have ejected loud talkers, cell phone users,loud gum smackers, smokers, dirtbags, beach attire, smelly pigs, etc…… I would eject you as soon as you opened your mouth to argue… if you refuse, the Sheriff will drag you out…86’d

      13. Calling Your Bluff says:

        This is for Philip Inuhoff and all other supposed restaurant owners responding. Please, list the names or your stores or restaurants here. I am sure there are many who will be happy to oblige your hateful attitudes and refuse to patronize your stores or food establishments. They will also be more than happy to use WOM and help decrease the number of clientele for you. Let’s see how many of you are as big and bad as you claim on a message board and have the cojones to name your stores complete with location, City and State.

    2. Not Stupid says:

      You should spend five minutes doing research before spouting off and revealing to everyone how ignorant you are. In most states, a woman has a statutory right to breastfeed anywhere she otherwise has a right to be, and that includes private property, like shops, that is open to the public for business. If you are a shopkeeper, and you refuse business to someone on this ground, in most states you are committing a crime.

      1. B_NRV says:

        You must be one of those people who ignore the, NO FOOD or DRINK signs. Annoying!

      2. Mom with manners says:

        Not in my state. Thank God. I breastfed two children. And guess what? I never exposed myself in public. In fact, about 99 percent of the time, I breastfed at home. The other 1 percent of the time, I was in my car or discreetly covered. Just because you are a breast-feeding mother, doesn’t mean you are exempt from good manners. Sadly, many women are more concerned about showing their power than acting in good taste.

      3. omgitsaboob says:

        Mom with Manners-

        How long did you breastfeed? The standard these days, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Org is to breastfeed for at least 1-2 years, or until mutually decided by mother and baby. I’m guessing you didn’t breastfeed for a year.

        I’m also guessing you supplemented.

        Both are your choice, but they’re not for everyone, and for those that don’t opt to stop nursing at, say, 3-6 months or don’t opt to supplement, they will most likely need to nurse in public — or else they would never manage to leave their house.

      4. Canof Sand says:

        @omg Nothing you posted is relevant to the point “Mom with manners” was making (unless you’re making the absurd argument that people who nurse for 1-2 years cannot do so discreetly). It was purely an attack on her. There’s something wrong with you… but given that you’re apparently immodest and inconsiderate of others, adding ilogical and frankly rude (no amount of couching it with “it’s your choice” tones down the implications of “you didn’t do it right”) on top of that, given this topic, is hardly a surprise.

      5. omgitsaboob says:

        CanofSand-

        My point is that a lot of women claim that they breastfed their babies but only did so for a short amount of time. Sure, it’s easy to limit when and where you breastfeed if you’re only doing it for a few months — or if you’re already supplementing with formula, and your kid is used to getting a bottle.

        But those who do stick to the AAP and WHO guidelines and nurse for 1-2 years are more likely to find themselves out and about during that length of time, and they’ll need to feed their babies while out. My son rejected bottles after he was about 3 months old. I could only feed him from the breast. He nurses about every 3 hours. If he is going through a growth spurt it is more frequent. My situation is not unique. I don’t use covers. My baby gets hot and will grab it and wave it around. I do use shirts like this one: http://content.babysteals.com/images/product/777/add3-pika-380.jpg , and you can’t even tell I’m breastfeeding.

  6. Hypocrite this says:

    Psssst… guess what? This isn’t Europe and thank God for that!

  7. Ortiz717 says:

    Breastfeeding is natural and why do people have such a hard time dealing with it!! My wife breastfeed pir son in public and was never ashamed! If you got a problem, DON’T STARE!! Seriously! And the person with first comment, you go eat in a public bathroom! That’s revolting!! Every other country in the world doesn’t have a problem with breastfeeding! It’s time for America to wake up and stop worrying about hurting people’s feelings! Just let the mom’s breastfeed and go about your business!! Women and men are objectified constantly on billboards and magazine covers! No one complains about them, why should this be any different! Have you SEEN what’s on TV these days and you are afraid of seeing a bit of breast while a mom breastfeeds her child! Hipocrites! Grow up!!

    1. Bored with fighting says:

      Fornication is natural too as is urination and defecation so perhaps you should find a different argument to try to bolster your case.

      And for those too mentally deficient to understand it, I am in no way comparing breastfeeding to urination or defecation, merely pointing out that not all natural actions are something that everyone wants to witness in public.

      1. Tim says:

        Bored,

        While urination, defecation, and fornication are all ‘natural’, they are also potential health hazards (spread disease), and they can also be generally messy😉 Not so much the case with the ‘natural’ act of breast feeding.

        I think what people are failing to realize and evaluate is that what is ‘accepted’ in public can be perceived as an infringement on someones’ rights or personal space. In many countries around women can’t reveal their arms, or their faces, or drive cars, or go to school because those are all things that are ‘un-natural’ or ‘indecent’.

        What makes the restrictions in those countries different from the ‘publicly accepted’ restrictions being advocated? Simple the extremity of the restriction.

        This is the United States of America and individual liberties are supposed to be cherished and respected above all else.

  8. Drew West says:

    Karen S. I hope i never see your flapjack knockers being exposed around town!!! And your children will be embarassed for you once they’re old enough to realize how ridiculous you are!!

    1. Pens fan says:

      Right? She says her kids aren’t discreet – I wonder where they learned it from….

      1. Karen S. says:

        What I meant, and I obviously wasn’t clear enough, was that my kids always yanked off any blanket or shawl I tried to use — so that is where they were not discreet.

        It turned out to be much more of a production than it would be to just lift up my shirt, latch the child on, and make everyone a lot more happy and comfortable — including the people in the restaurant, church, or wherever we were who were just as glad as I was that my fussy baby was not fussing anymore.

        But yes — while I’m being clear, my four-year-old does think farts are hilarious, which is also indiscreet.

    2. Karen S. says:

      Drew, don’t worry — I’ve been nursing in Allegheny Co. for a long time… if you haven’t seen my flapjacks by now, you’re probably safe. It’s true — they are not what they used to be but they went down in the line of duty. 🙂 I don’t know if you have kids or not, but I tend to think that if my older kids aren’t at least a little bit embarrassed by me, I’m probably doing something wrong. I know I was mortified by my parents when I was an adolescent, as I’m sure most adolescents are, and in retrospect they were pretty spot-on!

      1. Reb says:

        I always laugh at how uptight everyone is about the intended function of breasts. Why are people even looking? I wish there were rules about how much a**crack I see tweens and teens exposing. Or men constantly scratching their balls. That would be nice.

      2. Amber says:

        Karen S I think I love you. Why babies can’t eat in public unless it’s with an artificial nipple is beyond me. No one ever saw my nipples when I breastfed in public and anyone who thought I should feed my kid in a disgusting bathroom was politely told to fark off.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I breast fed both my girls, I never had a problem feeding them. If I was out in public I had a bottle of pumped milk with me. I took the milk in s small lunch cooler with a freezer pack in it. I never exposed myself in public as I know I would not want the stares nor to put a small child through seeing something that they are not familiar with. I have also noticed that many restrooms have chairs in them. If the restroom is dirty why would you even want to use it. If you’re at a mall there are plenty of good clean restrooms to use. If a woman feels she needs to feed her child in public you can always cover yourself with a receiving blanket.

  10. OMG says:

    Save yer money for the truck babe and pass out blankets and towels around town so the baby and boobs aren’t exposed to the horrified public.

  11. No Name says:

    Seriously I am all for women breastfeeding their babies…but when you are sitting in church and a woman whips out their boob to feed their crying baby WITHOUT a cover, that is utterly disgusting, and the same goes for women breastfeeding in public–have some decency at least to cover yourself up if you need to feed your child!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even further more, why embarass the breastfeeding mothers with a giant boob truck—the solution is simple—COVER UP!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. omgitsaboob says:

      You’ve obviously never nursed a baby over, say, 4 months. They’ll grab any cover and pull it off. Covers are useless once a baby can grasp.

      1. Canof Sand says:

        Not all babies will do that, and if yours does, then go into another room. Stop being immodest and inconsiderate just because you’re lazy. There, I said it. Stop being lazy. Parents have to leave the room all the time for various reasons to handle issues with their children.

      2. omgitsaboob says:

        lol, yes, spending 5-8 hours each day — and an hour each night — holding a 25 lb baby while he eats is lazy.🙂

        Going through 57 hours of labor was lazy.

        I could go on. But I’m too lazy.

        And I’m so immodest. I wear shirts like this to make breastfeeding easy and discreet without the need for a cover: http://content.babysteals.com/images/product/777/top-ss-black-380.jpg On wait. Where is the exposed boob? We were promised nudity! We have all been snookered!

  12. K. Isaac says:

    I think Jill Miller’s idea is one that should stay just that – AN IDEA. Women giving birth is called beautiful and natural too BUT NOT EVERYONE ON THE PLANET WANTS TO BE EXPOSED TO IT … We all know what breasts are for, we don’t need to see them in action. Carry breast milk in a bottle on your outside journys; discreet, tasteful and not quite so “out there”! Have a great day people.

    1. T. Yaffe says:

      Ugh.. many of us have babies who refuse bottles, which makes your suggestion impractical at best. It is possible to nurse in public dicreetly, without the use of a cover. I’ve done so hundreds of times over the years with my five breastfed kids. There is no reason that breastfeeding in public even needs to be an issue. Women can nurse discreetly, and others can get over it. No one has to see any untoward exposure of breasts and no baby has to go hungry.

    2. Amber says:

      Oh yes because EVERY baby will take a bottle and EVERY breastfeeding Mom will be able to pump effectively. Can you detect the sarcasm here? I have NEVER seen a breastfeeding Mom flopping her nipples about, EVER. But I see plenty of cleavage, celebs have ‘wardrobe malfunctions’ and it’s okay. Juuuuuust fine.

  13. Dan says:

    Quite possibly the dumbest idea ive ever heard… who sits around and thinks up something like this and is like hey this is a good idea.,, get a life lady

    1. Tim says:

      Dan, I might be out on a limb here, but I am guessing you are part a demographic majority (white, heterosexual male perhaps?) and have never been discriminated against or had less than full legal status amongst your peers. You’ve always been able to vote, go to whatever bathrooms you want, and have always been counted as a whole person in the eyes of the government.

      Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes before you judge them or post silly comments like that.

      1. Ian says:

        Tim, I am guessing that you are part of some demographic minority, but are too young to have ever been discriminated against in any serious fashion, but were told by your college professors that everything thing is the way it is because of those dang white, heterosexual males. Get over yourself.

      2. Canof Sand says:

        @Ian Well said!

  14. JoeM says:

    Milk truck – Great Idea!
    For goodness sake, this is a very natural and beneficial function.
    You hypocritical Quakers – get over yourselves.

  15. jenny says:

    Please, this woman,and those that flip a boob out in public are nothing but attention grabbers. You can nurse very discreetly in public, or bring a bottle. I can’t imagine that a woman is going to nurse exclusively for 6 or 9 months without substituting once in a while. I have four kids and nursed them all. Unless you’re not working, or don’t plan on EVER being away from the baby during that time, you’ll have to have a bottle available. This is nothing but some very insecure women trying to make some money, or grab some attention.

    1. Dana says:

      I have four children, and I have never owned a bottle. Wow! Who’d have thought that someone may enjoy being a mother? What on earth did humanity ever do for thousands of years before bottles were invented? Oh, gotta run. Here comes the ME ME ME generation.

      1. Canof Sand says:

        Wow, whining about the “ME ME ME generation” by someone who supports going AGAINST convention and breastfeeding publically (as opposed to discreetly breastfeeding in private or as close to it as possible when in a public place). Talk about psychological projection.

      2. Holden says:

        Canof how is that against convention? I would think that convention would say that for as long as man kind has been breastfeeding, it has been equally done in public as private. Again this isn’t something new it’s been going on for thousands of years. Just now some people have decided to complain about it because it somehow offends them that mothers feel the need to feed their children.

        If it offends you, look away. Law says women are allowed to do it, similar laws allow you the freedom to speak in public even though none of us want to read another ignorant word you troll into a forum.

  16. Anthony says:

    I’m all for breast feeding in public, but if a woman gets uncomfortable if I watch, then that’s her problem, not mine. You can’t have it both ways.

    1. Tim says:

      Wow, way to be a creep dude…

  17. Mike says:

    Did anyone else see the irony of this artist being from Carnegie “Mellon” University?

    1. Vicki says:

      A giant thumbs up for your thoughts!

    2. kristy says:

      HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

  18. Anonymous says:

    If you cannot use a cover blanket you are nothing more than a wantabe nudist.

    1. Larry the Cable Guy says:

      Now that is very accurate. And that truck will ensure that all those that want to watch, will have a great time. Neat term, wantabe nudiist.

    2. omgitsaboob says:

      You haven’t spent much time with a 6-month-old. They’ll grab the cover and wave it around within seconds of it being put over them. And who can blame them?

      If it offends you so much, why don’t you put a blanket over your head?

      1. Canof Sand says:

        Can’t blame the kid. Can certainly blame the adult. Go somewhere else if you know your kid’s going to do that. Not all of them do.

    3. Noneya Business says:

      Now you have something against nudists? There is NOTHING about breastfeeding that can be considered nudist.

  19. skippy says:

    No, the nipple truck is inappropriate, and its not a solution for breastfeeding mothers. The political correct era is over, these people need to get their heads out of the clouds and come back to earth.

  20. skippy says:

    If you whip out your breasts in public then you pay the piper and let people ogle you. The end.

  21. Melvin says:

    I witnessed a young mother in Sam’s Club nursing her infant. She tastefully draped a small blanket over her, and the suckling child. She was in an area by the pharmacy that had a place to sit.
    Not one customer complained or questioned what she was doing. She finished put the child back into the stroller and the mother and child were on they’re way.
    What gets many people’s thongs in a wad is, is these in your face mothers that have their life’s mission to tell the world that they are mothers and they have a right to flop out the old booby wherever and whenever the feel the urge without any taste or tact.
    This behavior is just another small group, who demand special treatment and pushes their motherhood in everyone’s faces whether they like it or not in public.
    My wife and I used to use a breast pump before hand, and we put the milk into bottles and used a insulated diaper bag, and we fed our kids that way. There was no need to flop out the booby.

    1. G says:

      Hey, gays and blacks push their agenda on the public…what is the difference?

      1. Karen S. says:

        Hey, gays and blacks *are* the public. Welcome to the United States!

    2. omgitsaboob says:

      That’ll only work if you’re out for a few hours or so. If a baby is out for more than one feeding, then a mom would need two pumping session’s worth of milk and would skip two nursing sessions, which could leave her engorged. This could lead to plugged ducts and mastitis if she’s not careful.

      And that assumes that pumping is an option for the mom. Not all moms can pump successfully — or even have a pump.

      Covers will only work for small babies. Any baby over, say, 6 months will yank it off.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t Woody Allen already do this?

  23. Fyi says:

    Karen,

    A store is a privately owned place, not a public place. The owner has the right to not serve anyone for any reason they see fit.

    1. Karen S. says:

      So, if I am an owner of a store, and say, a nun, or the Dalai Lama, or an African American, or a redhead, I could say, “we don’t serve your kind!” and I would be legally protected?

    2. Karen S. says:

      And just to further clarify… because I was imprecise about my “public place” word choice:

      Senate Bill 34

      A mother shall be permitted to breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be present, irrespective of whether or not the mother’s breast is covered during or incidental to the breastfeeding.

    3. Jody says:

      Not true FYI, while it may be a privately owned establishment, if ANY person has a legal right to utilize that establishment then a nursing mother can feed her child with out threat or harassment of doing so. Seriously, educate yourself a little.

    4. Reb says:

      Maybe your state doesn’t have a clear law, but PA does.

  24. Seriously? says:

    I would like to see the boob that gets to drive this thing. What a joke. Seriously people are going to laugh at this thing. Who knew that motherhood was meant to be a laughing matter. I would like to think that there are smarter people working for CMU.

    1. Karen S. says:

      Hey, if you can’t laugh a little, what’s the point? Sometimes you just have to laugh — especially when it comes to parenting. There is obviously an element of whimsy and humor in the design of the Milk Truck! I’m clearly a supporter of breastfeeding wherever it happens, and you can bet your life I would chuckle if I saw an ice cream truck with a breast and flashing red nipple light on top!

      1. Seriously? says:

        Well then you’re immature. A woman’s body should be shown some respect not put on display as something laughable. I’m all for breast feeding as well. Just not put on display for the whole world to see. Especially not put on something with four wheels. A regular van would serve its’ purpose just fine.

      2. Karen S. says:

        Well, Seriously?, I guess we just have different senses of humor.

    2. KK says:

      This got me thinking, I love when a mom laughs and milk shoots out. If the truck is funny enough, she wont have enough left to feed the little deduction – problem solved!

  25. Vicki says:

    The comments are better than the article. A million laughs!

  26. Anonymous says:

    35 P.S. § 636.2 et seq. (2007)

    35 P.S. § 636.2. Declaration of policy

    The General Assembly finds that breastfeeding a baby is an important and basic act of nurturing that must be protected in the interests of maternal and child health and family values.

    § 636.3. General rule

    A mother shall be permitted to breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be present, irrespective of whether or not the mother’s breast is covered during or incidental to the breastfeeding.

    § 636.4. Freedom to breastfeed

    The act of breastfeeding shall not be considered:

    (1) Indecent exposure as defined in 18 Pa.C.S. § 3127 (relating to indecent exposure).

    (2) Open lewdness as defined in 18 Pa.C.S. § 5901 (relating to open lewdness).

    (3) Obscenity or sexual conduct as defined in 18 Pa.C.S. § 5903 (relating to obscene and other sexual materials and performances

    (4) A nuisance as defined in 18 Pa.C.S. § 6504 (relating to public nuisances).

    Pennsylvania: City of Philadelphia City Ordinance 9-1105

    City Ordinance 1996 Amends Section 9-1105 of the Fair Practices Code entitled “Unlawful Public Accommodations Practice” to prohibit a breastfeeding mother from or segregate a breastfeeding mother within any public accommodation where she would otherwise be authorized to be irrespective of whether or not the nipple of the mother’s breast is covered during or incidental to breastfeeding

  27. Anonymous says:

    35 P.S. § 636.2 et seq. (2007)

    35 P.S. § 636.2. Declaration of policy

    The General Assembly finds that breastfeeding a baby is an important and basic act of nurturing that must be protected in the interests of maternal and child health and family values.

    § 636.3. General rule

    A mother shall be permitted to breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be present, irrespective of whether or not the mother’s breast is covered during or incidental to the breastfeeding.

    § 636.4. Freedom to breastfeed

    The act of breastfeeding shall not be considered:

    (1) Indecent exposure as defined in 18 Pa.C.S. § 3127 (relating to indecent exposure).

    (2) Open lewdness as defined in 18 Pa.C.S. § 5901 (relating to open lewdness).

    (3) Obscenity or sexual conduct as defined in 18 Pa.C.S. § 5903 (relating to obscene and other sexual materials and performances

    (4) A nuisance as defined in 18 Pa.C.S. § 6504 (relating to public nuisances).

    Pennsylvania: City of Philadelphia City Ordinance 9-1105

    City Ordinance 1996 Amends Section 9-1105 of the Fair Practices Code entitled “Unlawful Public Accommodations Practice” to prohibit a breastfeeding mother from or segregate a breastfeeding mother within any public accommodation where she would otherwise be authorized to be irrespective of whether or not the nipple of the mother’s breast is covered during or incidental to breastfeeding

    1. Rufus Choate says:

      Codifying stupidity is something the Democrats in Philadelphia, San Francisco and anywhere they are in power specialize in so it isn’t that compelling to logic based humans.

      This is a stupid and inhuman law written by morons.

      1. omgitsaboob says:

        That law exists in nearly every state in the country, including those that are the most red.

  28. Icarus Barnabus says:

    Too funny. Lady you want some publicity, you got it. You got boobs to show, bring’ em out. You want the world to look, they’ll look. If people don’t want your milky boobs dripping in the restaurant, who makes the call? You or the restaurant? So get your truck, go to trade shows, give interviews, expose yourself as much as possible, and then report how it is suddenlty a better world. I can hardly wait to SEE how things turn out!

    1. Enola Gay says:

      Best comment here.

  29. SockRayBlue says:

    Time to move to another planet. This one truly has no intelligent life on it.

    1. G says:

      please leave, by any means necessary!

  30. Peter says:

    American society has become so perverted that a woman’s breasts are now viewed as something to be marketed to sell magazines and TV shows, but never to do their primary function: breastfeeding babies. It’s a sad thing that Americans find breasts to be OK at the beach and everywhere else in your face, except for what God created them for. In a nutshell, in America breasts are for sex and making money, but not for feeding our babies. What a sick country!

  31. sarahtar says:

    Truck = AWESOME.

    Breastfeeding doesn’t generally show breasts. As many have said, more breasts are shown in today’s fashionable Tshirts. And please stop pretending to be all scandalized by breastfeeding when nearly 100% of straight men oogle other women’s goodies whenever they have a chance.

    Don’t want to see breastfeeding? Don’t stare. How many times have you ever even noticed a woman breastfeeding in public? I know I have had COUNTLESS people approach me while I’m nursing a baby (without a blanket or ridiculous “nursing cover”) saying things like “oooh, how sweet, she’s all asleep” because they can’t tell I’m nursing and they’re standing right in front of me staring at the baby. (put a cover on, though, and suddenly there’s a giant neon flashing light saying WOMAN BREASTFEEDING! STAND CLEAR!!)

    In a PRIVATE establishment, do they have the right to ask you to leave because you’re black? Because you’re Jewish? No, they don’t. Why? Because there are laws that limit the rights of business owners. Do business owners who don’t like dogs have the ability to prohibit service animals entry into their establishments? Why not? It’s THEIR business, after all.

    Well, surprise! In many states, there are also laws that limit the ability of business owners to restrict access to breastfeeding women. In my state, if a woman would otherwise be allowed to be in an establishment, she is also allowed to nurse there. So, if I would otherwise be allowed into a restaurant, I can also nurse there. Anyone trying to tell me different is breaking the law. Should she be discreet? YES, absolutely. But I’ve never seen a breastfeeding woman sitting with her bare breast exposed.

    The fact is, ignorant people and those who apparently cannot help but stare and make nasty comments (perhaps due to some self-loathing related to their inability to avoid trying to catch a glimpse of breast?) help contribute to the culture in our country that says “sure, breast is best, but really, if you can use a bottle, that’s be great.” #1 reason for not attempting or quitting breastfeeding? Lack of support from the community. That’s sad.

    Is there a reason you feel you have to stick your nose all up in someone’s business, anyway? Does a woman feeding her baby actually cause you harm in some way? I really don’t understand the reasoning behind the vitriol that comes out when people start talking about breastfeeding.

    1. Rufus Choate says:

      The portrayal of woman’s breast on a truck is awesome in what way? I am not sure that such a van is really as much of a benefit to a society… I support discrete public breast-feeding but the militancy is strange in light of the more pervasive anti-child inclinations in the culture. .

      When you think about oppressive behavior, consider the miserable Crones in Massachusetts and Connecticut who cluck and verbally abuse parents in public places if they have more than one child about how you and your kids are destroying the environment. Why don’t we hear more about them and their anti-child animus than the non-existent public approbation of breast feeding?

      1. Tim says:

        Rufus,

        I think its kind of funny you reference ” the non-existent public approbation of breast feeding”, when if you simply read some of the comments on this page its pretty obvious there is widespread public shame and disapproval.

        Also, I am not sure what is ‘militant’ about a van with a giant breast on top?😉

  32. James says:

    These comments are all ludicrous. In the USA, it is up to the owner of a private business owner (aka restaurant, store) to determine what they want. Most U.S. jurisdictions allow public breastfeeding. A woman may breastfeed on federal property as long as she’s allowed to be there.

    The truck is somewhat comical, but I understand its purpose. If people don’t like seeing *public* breastfeeding, then that’s their damn problem. People won’t always remember to bring their bottles/veils/whatever. It happens.

    1. Noneya Business says:

      It is up to the owner of said establishment to not serve people for any reason they deem worthy. But because of the established laws on most states, there are specific exceptions to that rule. Breastfeeding is one of those exceptions. Should they refuse that breastfeeding mother it would not only open themselves up for legal action (most likely fines) but it could open themselves up for civil action as well.
      So the question said business owner has to ask him/herself, is simple: is it really worth it? If other patrons are not complaining, don’t worry about it, if there are a couple annoying, whiney, uppity, snobs with such delicate dispositions.. tell em to look the other direction.

    2. mwoods says:

      This is false information. A woman can breastfeed ANYWHERE SHE HAS THE RIGHT TO BE, PUBLIC OR PRIVATE. The owner of a private business who asks a woman not to nurse her child is breaking the law.

  33. teaj says:

    so many different peoples pulling victims cards out its become completely diluted.

  34. teaj says:

    the competition is in the kooky liberals. Only so many donations to go around, however, there is an endless amount of whining liberals clawing at each other to get a piece.

  35. Anonymous says:

    wacko militant feminists always have to have a fabricated cause, then proceed to protest for its support. this is just a bitter women with low self esteem aching for attention. just another liberal narcissist…imagine what their husbands are like, if they’re actually even married these days

    1. Karen S. says:

      Well, if it’s come down to school-yard name calling, perhaps the only thing left to say is, I’m rubber you’re glue. Neener neener? Right? Or can we actually have a discussion?

  36. G says:

    you people are making more of an issue about breastfeeding than about millions of disease-ridden, criminal, ILLEGAL ALIENS invading the country. these murderous, bedbug-infested, drug-running crimnals run free anywhere they want, while you people have the audacity to be offended at citizens feeding their american kids, and try to have the mothers kicked out of a restaraunt, while some brazen ILLEGAL mexican takes her seat!

  37. Rufus Choate says:

    Only in the age of stupidity created by feminism would so many Women think they can easily remove sexual attraction from the display of a woman’s breasts by shoving it in the mouth of their child. It is public indecency not to cover your child and breast in public but aside from that you can feed them anywhere you want as long as you are discreet and polite. Only a idiot of woman college professor think that a giant breast on a van would be a good idea.

    1. G says:

      Really, Rufus? I assume that you have to register with the authorities when you move…

      1. Rufus Choate says:

        Really that is the best you can do? I see you skipped the study of logic and attended Womyn Studies.

      2. Enola Gay says:

        I love you Rufus–womyn studies; Really they should be calling it people studies if they want to stick with their gender neutral nonsense

  38. Lou Ann Watson says:

    they say the truck has a boob on the top.i think they are mistaken. it will be in the drivers seat…new world order nutjob!

    1. G says:

      Lou Ann, I think that you are just jealous that the kids has a breast in it’s mouth. A little repressed, are you?

  39. omgitsaboob says:

    good question, and yes, there is a reason.

    If a woman doesn’t nurse regularly, her body won’t get the signal to make milk. So if she skips a feeding too often by giving pumped milk instead of nursing, then her body will produce less, and her baby won’t get enough the next time she tries to nurse instead of giving a bottle.

    Plus, if a woman skips a feeding, it’s uncomfortable, and she can develop plugged ducts, which can lead to mastitis. Mastitis is basically like having the flu for several days and requires antibiotics to clear up. I’ve had it, and it’s not fun, especially when you still have to nurse a baby while feeling so awful.

    1. Durpadeedurp says:

      Yes, but unless she spends her life in a restaurant or other public place, none of that is really an issue. And if pumping hurts, then breastfeeding tends to as well.

    2. omgitsaboob says:

      Durpadeedurp-

      I never said pumping hurts. Skipping a nursing session can hurt, though, because breasts will get engorged if not emptied regularly.

      Babies need to nurse about every 3 hours. That’s far from a lifetime. Most outings to a restaurant will take about 3 hours, so unless things are timed just right, there’s a good chance the baby will be hungry while out. Add on an errand to that outing, in addition to the restaurant visit, and you’re over that 3 hour timeframe.

    3. Get over yourself says:

      It’s called planning. If you plan, there is no issue and everyone is happy. I think many of the people commenting on this issue are doing so because their type-a personalities require them to be the perceived voice of reason. In reality, you are just an ass trying to dictate how society functions. Maybe in 30-50 year, but for now, breast feed where others don’t have to feel unformortable looking at your boobs.

      1. Karen S. says:

        In 30-50 years it will be socially acceptable to feed your child in sight of others? Hmmm, not sure how well that sits with me. It seems like a ‘type A’ person is open to planning a bit better than I seem to be, although would always make sure I fed my baby before we went out and sure enough, his tiny tummy would be empty in no time at all. I don’t claim to be the most organized person ever, but with small babies especially, errands can take twice as long as you planned and babies get hungry faster than you think they will… or they might fall asleep for 4 hours. You can’t plan everything!

    4. omgitsaboob says:

      @getoveryourself-

      I posted facts about how breastfeeding works and why feeding a baby expressed milk may not be an option.

      If a mother is out for more than 2-3 hours then her baby will have to eat while she is out. It’s impossible to plan that away sometimes. The AAP and WHO recommend babies be breastfed for at least 1-2 years, or until both mom and baby mutually decide to stop. I don’t know many moms who are able to limit their trips out of the house to less than 2-3 hours for over a year.

    5. Kel says:

      I’ve had mastitis too, and it is very painful!

      I wish people would stop being so ignorant about breastfeeding.

  40. koenig1921 says:

    These women who are asked to leave: Are they covered up when they are nursing? I nursed two children, and did it in public all the time. But, I always carried a blanket with me. Most people didn’t even know what I was doing. And, the few who picked up on it never seemed to have a problem.

  41. Runner21000 says:

    I think women should be able to breastfeed in public. Perhaps the truck can come with a pole she can hang onto and 4” stilettos so every one can see

    1. Karen S. says:

      unfortunately my stilettos no longer fit since having kids. my darned feet grew a whole size!!! .

      1. runner21000 says:

        hey, bet more than your feet grew a whole size- all the more reason for the pole!

      2. Karen S. says:

        Yes, but objects may have shifted mid-flight.

  42. Amie says:

    Egads first those wastes of parking spaces “for new and expectant moms” now this, breastfeed in public fine just please be discreet

  43. For G says:

    “oh, so a PRIVATE bulding owner can refuse to rent to blacks?” Apparently you can’t read either since a follow up post said along as it’s not towards a persons RACE, color, religion or national origin. Way to try to pull the race card.

  44. gbm says:

    I can understand the issue, but the proposed solution is incredibly stupid.

  45. John B. says:

    so when you have a hungry screaming baby, you’re supposed to call this truck, then WAIT a half hour for it to show up so you can feed the kid?! hahaha yeah right!

  46. Momof3 says:

    Look at me! Look at me! The universe revolves around ME!

    Have some respect for modesty and society. I have three kids, all breastfed.

    Never once did I have the “need” to just whip it out in a public place. Use pumps, coolers to carry cold milk, etc..

    If you are too lazy to do these things, you should not be allowed to have children.

    1. Tim says:

      MomOf3,

      I agree so far as women should be conscious of offending others, however I think it is important to push social boundaries (women’s role in a society with Puritan roots).

      If people didn’t push those boundaries, you wouldn’t be able to vote.

    2. T. Yaffe says:

      Gah! Again, many of us have babies that refuse bottles. All five of mine refused them from an early age. It’s breast or nothing until they start solids. Again, it’s possible to nurse discreetly in public without annoying, useless cover ups or hot blankets. Refusing to pump milk that won’t be used because the baby won’t take a bottle isn’t lazy, it’s a practical use of my time. I’d rather be parenting my children than wasting time pumping.

    3. anon says:

      I’ve only breastfed one so far, but I fully intend to breastfeed any future children I may have, and I don’t see much need to involve bottles in the process unless they’re somewhere without me. Of course, I’ve never seen any need to “whip it out” in a public place, either. Nursing in public can be done discreetly–so discreetly that most people think my little guy is cuddling or even asleep at first glance.

      I flat out do not understand everyone’s insistence that mothers must pump milk (if they’re able to, if they can afford a good pump, if if if), tote around a cooler, prep and wash bottles…all because the idea of my nipple in my baby’s mouth is just too horrifying to contemplate.

      You’ve breastfed, so you surely understand. For those who don’t, here’s what the process requires:

      First, you need to pump. Pumping went well when I was working outside the home, because I pumped when he would need to nurse. When you’re trying to build up a stash of breastmilk, you need to pump milk that your body thinks is going to your baby. The baby might well get hungry at his next feeding until your body increases your milk supply to accomodate the increased demand.

      Fast forward past the storing (probably freezing and thawing), the washing of pump parts and bottles, and so on. Now you’re out in public, carrying around a cooler full of milk in case your baby gets hungry, which of course, happens at the least convenient time. Most likely, your body has learned your child’s eating patterns and has milk ready to go. The perfect temperature, fresh, eaten while resting again mama’s soft skin–lovely. Wrong. You prep the bottle (most nursing babes I know dislike cold milk, since they’re so used to it coming warm from the breast). Baby’s hunger is satisfied, and supposedly all is well. Meanwhile, the mother’s breasts still think that the baby’s going to be hungry any minute now. Let me just say that I’d take the pain of childbirth over the pain of engorgement any day, and I’ve never even had mastitis from delaying feedings too long (among other possible reasons), which has been described to me as hell on earth. You HAVE to pump or nurse or the pain will just keep getting worse. Oh, and then you’ll leak all over yourself, which is just a load of fun.

      Or there’s the alternative. You quietly rearrange your clothes, bring your baby to the breast, and nurse him. He’s happy, you’re happy. For some reason, the rest of the world is terrified because there was no plastic involved. Yes, I know it’s supposedly because they don’t want to see your Evil Boobs of Milky Doom, but there are plenty of people who have gotten kicked out of places who weren’t showing an inch of skin.

      Sorry, but I can keep my dignity/respect my body/not force my boobs into anyone else’s life AND go out in public without having to involve a pump in any way. Lazy? Call it what you want. I’ll call it making life simpler and less painful for everyone involved.

      1. omgitsaboob says:

        I’ve had mastitis and can confirm it’s the pits. Imagine 4 days of the flu. –And then I had to take antibiotics that had to be taken on an *empty stomach* — 2 hours after eating and 1 hour before eating. That’s 3 hours I had to go without eating. That’s a long time when nursing a giant 25 lb 10 month old.

        Thanks for taking the time to write this. Couldn’t have said it better.

        And for an idea of what discreet nursing without a cover looks like, here’s a photo: http://content.babysteals.com/images/product/777/top-ss-black-380.jpg

      2. B says:

        BRAVO!!

  47. Kathy O says:

    No, you don’t call the truck to wait for it to help you, you just feed your baby where you are because feeding a baby is not something that should be shunned. If you do not want to see a baby eating, please cover your head with a blanket. The truck is a fabulous idea. An already obnoxious and uninformed business owner gets all the embarrassment they can handle at the boob outside their store, while breastfeeding moms all around gather there and have a “nurse in”. Ask one mom to not feed her child? Now you get the boob truck and 25 breastfeeding moms, and news coverage showcasing your stupidity. I love it and support it!

  48. Sunshine Connie says:

    Get the truck and park in front of establishments and many of us will patronize them for having respect for all of us who do not want to see you breastfeeding. There appear to be many more of us than you. And yes, I did breastfeed. I chose privacy for the act and kept covered in public.

  49. Anonymous says:

    I think its wonderful for all those mothers out there who breast feed, I breast fed 4 children HOWEVER- I think if you are going to nurse yoru child in public- ESPECIALLY a restaraunt, then you should at least cover up- thats all. Feed your baby in public- just use common curtesy. if anyone still has a problem with tat- your looking for reasons to complain.

    1. anon says:

      Thank you. This is the first sensible comment I’ve seen on here all day.

  50. Bhopx says:

    Breastfeeding in a restaurant is gross. You can’t take care of it before you go to the restaurant or in the car or something? To me it’s akin to putting your feet up on the table and clipping your toenails.

    1. Noneya Business says:

      so I’m guessing you’ve never had to deal with breastfeeding a child of your own. Breastfeeding children eat anywhere from every hour to every two hours. So basically it’s less of an inconvenience for you to have have a child screaming at the top of its lungs for food, causing your meal to be interrupted, you unable to have a conversation with another person, or even to be able to think straight, get your food order heard and taken, than it would be for you to NOT look at a mother with less boob exposed than if she were in a bikini. Gotcha. Here’s an idea, go record a freight train passing while your standing next to the tracks. Take that recording and loop it for an hour. now play that recording on a pair of high quality noise-cancelling headphones as loud as the player will go. Now, go to a restaurant, place an order, and eat with that going the whole time. Congratulations, you just experienced a child NOT being breastfed in a restaurant.

    2. omgitsaboob says:

      this is really that offensive to you?

  51. IveSeenWorse says:

    I don’t have a problem with breastfeeding in public. Personally I don’t find it offensive or disgusting. My wife usually covers her breast and the baby with a blanket or some other material and you can’t see -anything-. You wouldn’t really be able to tell the difference between her and a fat chick wearing baggy clothes except for maybe the squirming when the baby needs to switch. Course in the summer that can be brutal in the park or other sunny place, but neither my wife nor the baby ever seemed to complain. If you want to focus on things that are ACTUALLY disgusting, why don’t we talk about banning speedos and xxxxxxxxL boy-shorts or whatever they’re called? Talk about disgusting!

  52. dizzyviz says:

    I am a mother of 4 sons- I nursed all of them for short period, but I tik as long as you cover up- there should never be a problem with nursing in public. But again- if in a restraunt- especially, cover up- that is not too much to ask. I think its ridiculous to have a large breast on the truck.. are you kidding me?.

  53. Julie says:

    GROSS!!!

    1. Noneya Business says:

      Yes, You are.

  54. Susan says:

    I breastfed all three of my girls and I assume they will also breastfeed their children. But I never breastfed in public. Absolutely no reason to. With planning. Women who feel compelled to feed their children at the drop of a hat are much like the women who run to their child the second the child begins to cry. It’s really all about attention for “the mother”. AND>>>yes my children grew up healthy, educated (MDs and PHDs) and normal.

  55. dizzyviz says:

    cover up- simple as that- everyone should be happy then. If you are still complaining even after the cover up- your looking for a reason to B*tch.Nobody should have to nurse in a bathroom if they dont want to. I dont want to see boobs while I am eating dinner with my family.

    1. omgitsaboob says:

      where are the boobs?

  56. Melvin says:

    These,”IN YOUR FACE MOTHERS,” love their children, and by God, you will to. See it all the time in restaurants and airline terminals where they allow their spawn to run about screaming and yelling while they sit idly not paying attention.
    It sucks paying sixty dollars at a nice restaurant having children use the dining area as a playground.
    “If you can’t or won’t control your kids Keep their unruly behinds at home with the sitter.”

    1. Karen S. says:

      You know…. one of the benefits I observed when nursing little ones in public is that they are not running around! Can’t have it both ways!!

      Moms who breastfeed in public, in this comments section, have been accused of both smothering their kids with attention and not paying any attention to their kids. I guess I just don’t understand.

  57. kristy says:

    frankly, i couldn’t care less if a woman does it in public, but either a) cover the breast or b) pump beforehand, as i really don’t care to see a woman “whip it out” in pubilc. use some common sense, discretion, and consideration. like it or not, some people do find it offensive.

  58. buffers says:

    Well going to the toilet to urinate is perfectly normal, too. Can’t we do some of our intimate actions IN PRIVATE or do we HAVE to show everything in public? I don’t want to watch people brush their teeth or clip their toenails in public either. Can’t ANYTHING be PRIVATE anymore?

    1. Noneya Business says:

      You’re stating this as something that should be private for the mothers. In all actuality you want them to do it away from you, because your delicate sensibilities might get offended. Of course, if you are the only one complaining in a restaurant full of people, then guess who’s the one that should shut up. No-one else notices, and if they do, no-one else cares. so if everyone else is accepting and your the only one complaining, EVERYONE should conform to your wishes, instead of you just looking away.. is that it?

  59. Laura says:

    Why is breastfeeding gross or an issue? Because we’ve over-sexualized breasts. There are few developed countries in the world that are so bass ackwards that they fear trauma for everyone around because of a boob. Get a life!

  60. Chug says:

    Who cares if a woman breast feeds at a restaurant. Hell I might even reach over with my coffee cup and ask for a little milk. Lol

  61. Yukiko says:

    This woman is a boob.

  62. Anonymous says:

    To all of you who say that mothers deserve to be ogled for breastfeeding in public, or that they don’t have self-respect or dignity, or that they’re pushing their motherhood in everyone’s face – You’ve got the same thinking a these muslim countries.

    It’s natural, for crying out loud! Grow up!

  63. Milkman says:

    My wife breast fed all of my children at Heinz Field during Pitt football games. She simply retreated to a not so crowded section to do so when available but if not sat in our own prime seats and did it discreetly. I used to be a bit uncomfortable about seeing a woman breastfeeding in public but no more. As a parent, I’m absolutely certain of the value of breastfeeding and would encourage any new mother to consider breastfeeding. Furthermore, I’m quite certain with my hulking physique and not such a friendly looking face that people would think twice about protesting about my wife’s breastfeeding in my presence.

  64. Hank Warren says:

    Mobile Breast feeding, Casey Anthony, Lindsay Lohan, Jersey Shore, all distractions. As the Mainstream Media creates illusions, the US gov’t (and their corp. friends),start more illegal wars, ban books like “America Deceived II” and bail out banks.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:
    http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

  65. anonymous we are legion says:

    Sure bring the milk truck and watch as a bunch of guys all stand around and stare at the woman with her breasts out. because hey as a guy I will tell you we all love looking at boobs. unless you are gay

  66. bra says:

    I support titties!

  67. Kathy O says:

    I have an idea! Let’s all wear veils over everything but our eyes! Seriously. Women have to wear those in some cultures because they have been brainwashed by their society that showing parts of their body is provocative. It keeps them pure to cover up. Do you see the correlation? Just because a woman chooses to breastfeed does not mean she is indecent when doing so. Don’t you see how that is a step backwards in equality? If a bottle can be used in public, so can a boob. Just because some people over sexualize a MAMMARY GLAND does not mean that is my problem.

  68. NowYouKnow says:

    Hey, it’s all about SHOWING OFF. If you can’t see that, you are consumed with narcissism. Public breast feeding is second only to those “Baby On Board” signs — which grew out of those “Caution, Show Horses!” signs. He look at me! Look at what I’ve got! Eye rolls now all.

  69. John Crawford says:

    I suggest being as rude as possible to a woman who takes her breast out in public. Take pictures, make jokes, point and laugh. If we make her feel uncomfortable, she will learn that she is making other people uncomfortable.

  70. kristy says:

    wow – we’re a “tad testy,” aren’t we? i guess i should get on here and criticize or compliment every single post, huh? get over YOURSELF, hon.

  71. sandiego1969 says:

    A few years ago the FDA wanted to ban breast feeding but decided not to, mainly because they couldn’t decide where to put the warning label.

  72. Sailordude says:

    Why are people freaked out by a mother breastfeeding her baby anyway? Same thing as watching a kitten nurse to me. Maybe they should start doing PSA’s on TV showing mothers breastfeeding or show cats nursing or something to help people get over it!?

  73. dina says:

    Breast feeding is a bonding/feeding time between mom/child. Should be cherished. People need to use common sense. Use a pump if you know you will be out all day. I do not agree breast feeding in the restroom that is disgusting. If there isn’t any other alternative but to feed in public then, Be considerate of others when feeding in public. Use a cover up when breast feeding in public.Some Department stores have nursing rooms. There are many people that offend me in public (women with boobs hanging out, boys with pants down crack of their ass, young girls with short shorts butt checks hanging out, etc….billboards, television, store advertisements, etc…on and on….America don’t fall apart! There are more important issues to tackle than breast feeding in public……….Keep it together

  74. Smitty says:

    Get Ben and Jerry’s on making some breast milk ice cream. I have some flavor suggestions:

    Nipple Ripple
    Lemon Lactate
    Double-D-Lite
    Mother’s Milk Chocolate
    Mammary Mocha
    Pineapple Puffies
    French Bra-nilla
    Titty Fruity
    Pink Booble Gum
    BoobyNanaLicious
    Brest-ever Strawberry
    Coconut Obsession
    Pina Colostrum
    Squishy Marshmallow Heaven
    Knocker-rokin’ Raspberry
    Baby-mama Blueberry

    And how ‘bout a Ta-Ta Latte at Starbucks or an Areola Blizzard at Dairy Queen?

    1. Noneya Business says:

      AWESOMENESS!!

  75. Just a MAN says:

    Give it a rest. God put them there to feed babies. WE turned them into something sexual. If womens magazines would quit making women feel like they have to make them look unnatural, and if men would quit staring at them as if they were something other than food dispensers for their children (MYSELF INCLUDED)we would not have this problem. If I can walk around without my shirt, a woman should be able to feed her child in public without being made into a criminal.

  76. ken says:

    “It’s natural.”

    So are urination, defecation, even masturbation. Try doing either of those while sitting in a restaurant.

    There’s a reason you can’t do any of those in public and it’s the same reason you shouldn’t breastfeed in public: it’s gross.

    I don’t care if you’re a mom with 50 kids, take the baby somewhere private. Or better yet, buy a breast pump and keep a stash of breastmilk on you to avoid having to whip out a titty on the bus.

    1. just a MAN says:

      How can you compare a child eating naturally to going to the bathroom? IMHO, it is no different than us eating food in public. It is a food system, what is so gross about it? My wife breast fed all three of my children. The only issue I had with public feeding was idiots that wanted to try to watch.

  77. A chip on the shoulder makes no room for a thin blanket says:

    I breastfed four babies to ages 14 months, 15 months, and a full year each with the last two. I embarrassed a few people when it was totally unnecessary, and I regret that now. None of those people, however, nor any others, ever attempted to embarrass me back. I was allowed to live and learn. What I learned is that it is entirely possible to breastfeed exclusively, comfortably, and successfully without ever having to embarrass anyone else or compromise the comfort, nourishment, or safety of me or my babies. It just takes a very little effort and just a small bit of consideration. Achieving such a blissful experience is quite impossible, however, with a chip on one’s shoulder.

  78. Grapost says:

    As long as women cover up appropriately and do not flash their boobs I see no problem with it. It just like any other behavior in a public place, you show consideration to the other people around you. You don’t talk loudly in a restaurant, you don’t blow cigarette smoke in other peoples faces, you don’t suck face in front of others, etc.

  79. Anonymous says:

    I would be embarrassed to whip my breast out in public…even for feeding a beautiful baby…because…let’s just admit it, the breast is also a sexual object in our country…isn’t that why all the young girls have their breasts hanging out out of their shirts nowadays..

  80. Leslie says:

    well, I have to admit I’m not crazy about the big boob on top of the truck…the idea of the truck is interesting…I get that it’s kind of like an embarrassment to whichever business has requested you leave.

    To be perfectly honest, though I breastfed all of my children, and occasionally had to in a restaurant discreetly, my husband is completely icked out by the idea of breastmilk. Logically, he knows it’s for the baby, but it’s a BODILY FLUID! So he’s a bit on the fence and I can understand why it makes him uncomfortable. As far as showing breast….Really? A bit of the side of a boob is going to get someone all hot and bothered? You see as much (or more) at the pool/beach any given summer day or even walking down the road….open up a magazine and there they are, flip thru channels and you usually see a lot more. My boys are routinely confronted with girls in tiny string bikinis at the checkout stand. I would much rather them see a mom nursing her child with a little bit of boob showing then girls and women sexualized all the time in the media/movies.

    Mom’s who deliberately make a big show out of nursing and/or deliberately show a nip are obviously screaming for attention. That’s wrong, but in most cases, it’s just about a mom sitting down to feed and comfort their child…it’s what we and our boobs are made for.

    BTW, I wish there was a way to make men KEEP their shirts on….if everyone went around with a body like Taylor Lautner or something, that would be one thing, but too much of the time we have to look at old, saggy, white, hairy nasty man boobs and I throw up a little in my mouth when I have to see them. Wear a bro man (man bra)…keep the dubes (dude boobs) covered….we don’t want to see them…really.

  81. bif says:

    I didn’t even know this was still an issue until I read these backward people’e comments. Who the hell are you people? (Came here from Drudge no doubt)

    1. Ing says:

      Actually they came here from the Huffington Post, n’ at.

  82. Ing says:

    This is the stupidest set of uptight deranged posts I’ve ever seen, over the silliest but creative idea. Won’t last long at $4 per gallon of gas, but go for it…

    This is where women need to be quiet for a change and learn to have (most) men’s attitude about things- if you’re a nursing mom on a bus or situation where you can’t prevent others from looking your way, just announce in the loudest voice you can: “Excuse me everyone, but I’m going to nurse my kid now so he’ll stop crying. Look away or don’t , now’s your chance- I am too tired to care, sorry if I offend anyone. Here we go!”

    And be done with it. All you women who make a big deal about other women covering up are insecure and ridiculous, which is precisely why you need to think like a man here, as this is one of the few times in your life where you have an excuse not to heed the nonexistent “societal pressure” that you all concoct for yourselves in your heads, your entire lives. Life is too short to get worked up over “working breasts” (as Patricia Heaton called them on Everybody Loves Raymond) – or to engage in catty back-and-forths with self-righteous dopes online over such.

    We now return ‘yinz’ to your regularly scheduled hand-wringing.

    And Go Steelers! (if there’s a season)

    PS The alleged restaurant ‘victim’ should probably sue but won’t get anywhere with it, since most establishments have a kind of “right to refuse service to anyone” sign which I think the courts have generally not aggressively ruled against.

  83. mommabear1 says:

    Wow sounds stupid. I breast feed when it was a sin and the feminist wanted nothing to do with it. Never did I have a problem. I covered up with a blanket and stayed away from people as much as I could. When we had twins I just stayed home cause there was no way to be discrete feeding two babies. No big deal.

  84. Seems a bit over the top, price of gas what it is, to drive from place to place as a form of condescension and tactical shaming. But to each her own, in this case.

    What’s this story supposed to elicit? Outrage? A stiffy? Brief indignation? Let ’em, it doesn’t harm anyone

    http://rhymeandreasonable.com

    You’re telling me Steelers fans won’t at least get a kick out of The Milk Truck parked at Heinz Field? Not in My America

  85. BarrysHypocristy says:

    Militant breastfeeders….gotta love ’em.

  86. John C says:

    Not enough need, not enough demand, to make the business profitable.

  87. Rick O'Shea says:

    This story isn’t what I thought it was.

  88. John says:

    So wonder if the men would be chacing this truck down like kids do the ice cream truck… LOL

  89. Fanuci says:

    This message is for Jody, since you have such a nice rack why not post some pics?

    1. omgitsaboob says:

      maybe this is one:

  90. PghMomof2 says:

    It’s not difficult to “cover up” WITHOUT using a blanket. I’ve nursed two kids in public for a total of four years. My clothing and the child’s head does a fine job of covering up every inch of skin. It does require a little practice to limit exposure when the child latches on and off, but even in the worst cases, we’re talking a second or two of skin exposure, so someone would have to be STARING at me the whole time to see anything.

    One can breastfeed discretely without a blanket, if desired, it just takes practice.

    I have no problem with a cover that makes mom more comfortable, but it should not be a mandate for discretion.

  91. hvsumdcentsy says:

    The best way to put an end to these psycho breast-feeding nuts that won’t cover up, is to simply pull out your phone and start snapping photos. Then upload them to some website for the world to see. If there is nothing wrong with this natural function in full public view, then we’ll see u on the net.

  92. Jill says:

    What is the weirdness with boobs? In europe, it’s not a big deal to sunbathe topless but here in America I’m forced to have tan lines and glow in the dark boobs or go to a tanning bed! Release the boobs!

  93. Jill says:

    Stupid people shut up! Burn your bra!

  94. Linda says:

    Breastfeeding in public is not necessary and gross to the max. Stay home!!!!

  95. bonnie says:

    Hey Sheriff– I have news for you and all the other idiots who think Europe is so much better than the USA and their men are oh so much more civilized—-they still get erections when they look at breasts.

  96. Hehehehe says:

    Will it be called “The Boob Mobile”?

  97. Ali says:

    Edit:i meant deficating and peeing*

    Comparing breastfeeding to other natural acts is dumb. Dedicating, peering, yes those are natural and should be kept private.. Why? They involve bad and offensive smells, they have to do with releiving YOURSELF, they contain hazardous waste products that could threaten the public around you. Breastfeeding? The milk goes DIRECTLY to the baby, is about the child and meeting THEIR need, it can be , discreet… It involves food, not waste, there are generally no designated breastfeeding rooms whereas there are designates”pee rooms.” Its ask so silly. Sorry fir any toys typos, I’m on my phone =/

  98. yoyoma says:

    if it’s against the law to whip a tit out in public, why would we change that rule for nursing mothers?

    those same mothers will be complaining about the same thing once their child is three years old and you have to explain why “that lady had her boob out”.

    your shild is never my problem. you had it, you’re raising it, now go to the restroom and feed it. i don’t wanna see it.

    1. omgitsaboob says:

      you don’t want to see it? Go eat your lunch in a restroom — or throw a blanket over your head.

      What are you seeing anyway?

  99. Babewithboobs says:

    How about this idea?! Designated breast lounges required in every public restaurant and/or public place. These areas would be outfitted with soft cushy chairs, baby changing tables, massuses to rub your temples and tense shoulders, or perhaps a foot massage, zen music, and sparkling juice and wine! Or maybe a coffee/juice bar! That would be so awesome!

  100. Wiley says:

    Oh yeah, it is so horrible to watch a mother nursing her child. Usually she throws a towel over her shoulder to cover herself. Whoopie.

    Why should a baby be forced to eat in a stinking restroom? Do you want to eat in there? Not likely.

    As for the comparison to defecating and urinating . . . not even close. Those are elimination of foul smelling bodily wastes. Nursing is feeding.

    I’ll tell what I do have a problem with . . . . parents who change their baby’s diaper at the table in a restaurant. Now that is a big ugh.

  101. Canof Sand says:

    “can be done discreetly”
    In the truck with a giant breast on it, or with your top totally exposed as the other commentors who demand their (non-existent) “right” to publically breastfeed are talking about? Doing it with discretion is one thing, but the immodest and inconsiderate people arguing in this thread have zero standing talking about others being “prudes.”

  102. mom says:

    Funny no one complains if a woman is in a restaurant with her chest hanging out or even wearing see through clothing… w/ nipples showing through… and no one would refuse business… Noone complains about magazines w/ women half naked… but if a mom is discreetly nursing her child… and nothing shows they’re bothered by it. They are usually bothered by the idea of a mother nursing a baby. This here is the issue.

    1. Michael says:

      I understand the point that you are tying to make, but i have to disagree – as I feel many people would. You can not say that nobody cares about a woman with her chest hanging out, or see-through clothes, or with nipples showing through. Plenty of people complain and do actually find this equally, if not more, discomforting than a breast feeding mother. Depending on the establishment, a person with inappropriate attire WILL be refused service, just as a mother breast feeding her child without regard for other people’s comfort may be asked to step out momentarily. As for the comments regarding a woman’s right to breast feed, well these restaurants also have the “right” to ask you to leave, or to step out as it does, whether you like it or not, causes some discomfort to those around when they are trying to have a meal.
      Just another quick note with respect to magazines with half-naked women in them…. Are those openly displayed at the table next to you when you go out for dinner like… Say… A self-centered indiscreet breast feeding mother is (please note, I am not knocking the respectful and discreet mothers)?… Didn’t think so

      1. melissaw says:

        Actually they absolutely do not have the right to ask a breastfeeding mother to leave or refuse service. We are protected under most state laws. It is ILLEGAL to discriminate against nursing mothers. google it before you share inaccurate information.

  103. NoNakedBoobs says:

    Breastfeeding is natural. DO IT!

    But DO IT DISCREETLY!! TRUST ME, we DON’T want to see your BOOB!! If you just want to EXPOSE YOURSELF IN PUBLIC then this is more about YOU than nursing your child.

    Vomiting and defecation are NATURAL too, but most people have the SENSE not to do it in front of other people.

    There IS A WAY to breastfeed discreetly — nobody else will even realize what’s going on. I know because I HAVE DONE IT as have my friends.

    1. mwoods says:

      Well I do nurse discreetly.

      However please stop with the defecation is natural too comparison. There is no comparison and you look foolish. The difference is that breastmilk is not just a bodily fluid. It is food, and a perfect food at that. 1.5 MILLION babies die each year because they are not breast fed. Let’s not make it harder for mother’s to achieve this goal.

  104. chris says:

    it’s gross to do this in a public restaurant, just gross and classless…. it’s right up there with talking on a cell, picking your nose, coughing without covering your mouth, etc, etc….if you have to feed your infant in public, at least don’t do it at a table in a restaurant….gross!

  105. Stan DA MAN Buie says:

    I like women, boobs, and milk. What is the problem?

  106. jasperddbgghost says:

    So most of these “whip it out and do it” posters are admitting to two three things….

    1. I actually found someone in this society that was willing to mate with me and produce a child. Despite the fact that I’m morbidly obese and probably will not live past 45, I can still have fun with this hobby until the kid doesn’t need my “pure” milk anymore.

    2. I don’t cover up or pre-pump my milk, not because I can’t do it, but because of my fatness, I’m also lazy. I admit I don’t plan ahead. Heck, having a kid was the most labor I had to do in my life outside of lifting the Cheetos to my mouth.

    3. When my other kids yank the cover off of nursing sibling on boob, I am proving even more-so that I’m an unfit mother and will have yet another misbehaving little brat on my hands that, in the future, misbehaves like the older brats.

    4. profit???

    1. omgitsaboob says:

      1. 5’2″ 107 lbs under 20% bodyfat. Plan to nurse for a couple of years. My baby is turning one next month.

      2. Baby will grab the cover and wave it around. Has refused a bottle since he was 3 months old. I do pump, but my frozen stash is there for emergencies, If I’m with my baby, I’m going to feed him myself. As has been explained elsewhere on this thread, if I feed my baby pumped milk, my breasts will get engorged, because they will have missed a feeding. This is uncomfortable and can lead to an infection called mastitis, which I have had before. Also, this can affect how much milk my body produces, since not emptying the breasts signals the body that the milk is not needed, and next time not as much will be made. Accusing me and mothers like me of not planning is absurd. I have to schedule my time away from home around naptimes, mealtimes, nursing times and my own personal affairs. I have to make sure my diaper bag is packed with all the essential supplies before I go. I have to plan to take a shower ahead of time while my baby naps, or during his bedtime the night before. And if you believe that it’s lazy to choose to breastfeed over formula feeding, you’ve got another thing coming. After 57 hours of labor ending in a c-section, I breastfed my baby in the NICU round the clock, every 3 hours, and I pumped as well. I haven’t had more than 4 hours of consecutive sleep in almost a year. My baby has hovered around the 95th %ile on the growth chart and currently weighs 25 lbs, 1/4th of my own weight. I hold him for approximately 5-8 hours each day while he nurses. That’s in addition to carrying him around other times. I haven’t even mentioned the scabs, open wounds and soreness I experienced the first month due to a poor latch. I experienced constant, low-level pain for the first 3 months. Was it worth it? hell, yes. My baby has been sick a total of 72 hours his entire life. On average, a baby has 8-10 colds their first year. Mine has never had a cold, just a couple of stomach bugs. He’s happy, healthy and BIG!

      3. I haven’t heard anyone talk of other kids yanking off the cover, but the baby under it certainly will. And there’s not really much you can do when a 6-month-old does that.

      4. meme fail

  107. ted says:

    If you don’t have enough for everyone then don’t do it.

  108. Russ says:

    Just wear a hooter hider and be done with it. Then everyone wins.

  109. Phillep Harding says:

    Prudes and perverts are two sides of the same coin, sexual dysfunction. The main purpose of a breast is to produce milk for offspring. (BTW, men’s nipples are usually as sensitive as a woman’s.)

  110. pitter43 says:

    Liberalism, there’s no bottom of their stupidity barrel.

    1. omgitsaboob says:

      I was a delegate to the largest state GOP convention in the country. I nurse in public. I don’t use a cover; baby will grab it and wave it around like a flag on the 4th of July.

  111. Caroline says:

    I get offended when I see a baby drinking formula

    1. carol says:

      I’m sure you get offended by alot of the things, that the libs way.

  112. Jeb says:

    After reading several comments by posters justifying public breast feeding because it is “natural”, Let me remind them, many bodily functions are “natural”. It doesn’t mean I have to, wish, desire, want or need to see them it in public.

    1. Larry David says:

      I also probably don’t want to see YOU eating at a restaurant (also ‘natural’ right?). Given a choice between watching you eating or a baby, I’ll take the baby option thanks. Don’t let the door slam your ass on the way out.

  113. Nick says:

    This is not a liberal vs. conservative issue. This is a common sense matter where a mother needs to feed the baby, it is healthy for both mom and baby. My wife does cover up with a blanket but the same people that would be upset with a breastfeeding baby are the same ones offended by a crying starving baby and think people should stay home for a year until their babies dont need to eat anymore. Well, it is not about you and staring at the breast whether a baby is tethered to it or not is considered offensive. We are raising our large, hopefully conservative family and we are breastfeeding so deal with it.

  114. politicsgirl says:

    I am sure this has been mentioned here already, but it is illegal for someone to ask a woman to leave if she is breastfeeding in public. The breastfeeding woman can sue for a violation of her rights.

    And when was the last time you had to leave and eat your dinner in the bathroom…the last place a baby should have to eat is in a filthy toilet area. Think people!

  115. Anonymous says:

    It is weired that some people ( and their husbnads and kids) have no problem watching someone stabs another wih a knife and cause death. Yet, thye have a problem of a mother feeding her baby !

    They would not say take your TV to the bathroom and watch your bloddy violence in the bathroom !

  116. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps she can raise the funds by delivering take ouit orders from Hooters

  117. utapao Long ago says:

    Perhaps she can raise the funds by delivering take out orders from Hooters

  118. Milk Does a Body Good says:

    I used to have my ex lactate on my member while I was pleasuring myself. It was very hot! All you guys out there, don’t knock it until you try it!!

  119. Milk Maids says:

    My ex used to squirt it on me while I pleasured myself!! It was very hot. Dont knock it until you try it!

  120. Phil says:

    Oh, look.
    Another liberal neo-luddite.

    Why don’t you go kick it with Al Gore and mother nature instead of annoying NORMAL humans.

  121. Ben Stein says:

    I’m a man, and I’m a huge supporter of women breast feeding in public – as long as they’re not fat and ugly

    1. Chuck Berry says:

      This is the most reasonable comment I’ve heard all day. The woman with the breast truck is a total MILF, too

  122. ShowSome Respect says:

    or maybe nursing moms should stay home and nurse like good and proper mothers do.

  123. Shannon says:

    Nursing is sometimes not optional. Your baby is hungry, you need to feed it. Having an Udder Cover (a lightweight sheet) helped when she was too young to pull it off, but occasionally I’d find myself without it. When you are full of milk and your baby is screaming, honestly you could care less who sees sometimes, other times you want to be discreet. I try and find a private space, or use my cover just bc I don’t want to share my breasts or moment with the general public. I wouldn’t have a problem nursing in a restroom if people only peed in there! Bathrooms with an alcove and bench are great. Unfortunately restrooms are getting smaller and smaller and aren’t designed for us to lounge, chat, put on makeup, or nurse in anymore. The giant boob seems over the top and reminds me of that Woody Allen flick. Comical to the point of taking away our dignity. I just wouldn’t patronize the place where I was asked to leave if that happened to me. Bizarre that people would actually have the gumption to interfere. I agree that women that make a spectacle of it are probably exhibitionists or are extremely proud of their milk-making superpowers. Maybe she should buy a fire truck a spray the place with milk instead.

  124. Jerry says:

    A mother nursing her baby is a completely natural, ordinary, biological function. But then, so is passing gas. In both cases, consideration of others requires an effort to be made of privacy, manners and being discreet. If breast feeders are demanding in-your-face recognition, I shall respond with my own.

    1. Ash says:

      Jerry, most breastfeeders aren’t demanding in-your-face recognition. They’re merely demanding that you leave them alone and let them feed their children in peace..

  125. Dicey Riley says:

    I would much rather be in a restaurant with a woman who is breast feeding, than in the same dining room with a screaming, unhappy baby that is throwing a fit because it is hungry and wants fed.

  126. Paul H says:

    I’m all for breast feeding, but you don’t have to take your baby to a restaurant to do that. This is just another denigration of women. This is just some female moron thinking that she, as a person, is defined by her breasts. If this is allowed, the next thing will be disallowing people to view a woman feeding her child in public. She can show it, but don’t you be looking! Insanity.

    1. Karen S. says:

      Well, no, one doesn’t HAVE to bring a baby into a restaurant to feed him. However unless I was not going to go to a restaurant for the past 7 years, I was going to end up feeding my child in a restaurant at some point. Or maybe I should have just let my husband go out with the other men-folk while I stayed home and lactated.

      And please spare me the absurdity of decrying the denigration of women in one sentence and then go on about “some female moron” in the next.

    2. anon says:

      The female is doing being defined by her breasts. The baby is being define (generally very loudly) by its hunger. I trust you can see the difference.

  127. Fyi says:

    Not that I’m against breastfeeding, but my private business has a no food policy…so, I can ask you to leave. I also don’t have a public restroom, we don’t serve food.

    On a separate rant, I wonder if it’s still Ada policy to sue stores without any chance for businesses to rectify the problem? Nah, they just want money. Ask the running sports store next to mine how they feel about turning two of the four parking spots they had into handicapped spots.

    Ironic?

    1. Karen S. says:

      I would really love to be the person you try to eject. I would be more than happy to discover whether you are on the right side of the law!

  128. Bohica says:

    Jody, you are what normal men understand as Cant Understand Normal Thinking. You epitomize that concept/

  129. Kip Noxzema says:

    Hmm, maybe she puts out, too.

    Now there’s a popular service.

  130. Nance says:

    How gross can you get? Cover yourself up, creeps. We don’t all need to be exposed to your business just because you’re exhibitionists.

  131. David Heath says:

    Aaaaaaaaaaargh… I wanted to show this to my wife who’s nursing but there are so many bloody applications, videos, suggestions, toolbars and so on that this damn page just freezes. I can’t waste my time ad-blocking for 10 minutes just to read what amounts to a dozen sentences.

  132. elisabeth in ct says:

    I am amazed at the fact no one has pointed out the hundreds of religious images in our culture of the Madonna and infant. Many of them even feature full breast nudity and they are located in churches and museums everywhere,…for someone to object to a real life and usually far more discreet reenactment is ridiculous. Or can I imply from this thread that there are a significant of men who go to church simply to be stimulated sexually? ….get over it folks…or quit eating in public, because that is all the baby is doing! I am not advocating indiscreet behavior, but for crying out loud (which is what the child WILL be doing!) can’t anyone here see the absurdity of this discussion?!I

  133. eliksabeth in ct says:

    thanks Anna..Ii nursed four in the seventies and eighties also…and the sight of a mother and child nursing is totally inoffensive to me…I have found that those with ‘issues’ on this issue…have other issues as well (mostly about controlling the behavior of others according to some self imposed rules)…I did dsicreetly nurse my children in public if the need arose (it rarely did) and no one ever objected, although I got a few surprised stares – even though our appearance resembled the photo link posted above and I never ‘whipped it out’ (ewww!) … that is not about nursing in public, that is simply about being crude.

  134. Woody says:

    Mum never was unocmfortable with breastfeeding. We’ve never been told to leave the restaurant whenever I want to suckle… even now that I’m 49 years old. My best memories were mum smokin’ a Marlboro at the Waffle House while I latched on. Good times. Thanks mum.

  135. raybojabo says:

    All argument about nursing aside. A titty-truck? Really? Think of all the disapointed men when they find out its not a free shuttle to the local strip joint. Stay classy libturds.

  136. Max says:

    In Atlanta the problem is with women who insist on nursing their 5 year ols children in public. We recently had a city pass a low prohibiting nursing children over the age of 2 in public.
    Most people don’t want to see a child that should be eating from a plate nursing.

  137. Breastfeeding is good for the Baby says:

    Breastfeeding is normal, and when it’s feeding time, it’s feeding time.

    My wife and I will NEVER return to Ruby Tuesdays restaurants because a manager (illegally) told us she couldn’t breastfeed the baby at the discrete table and with a blanket covering the activity from prying eyes. When I wrote a complaint letter to their corporate HQ, not a word of response.

  138. Woofie Wifflenuts says:

    Maybe I should milk my “Johnson” while you’re trying to eat…..How would that be,lady ???

    1. Alex DeLarge says:

      Agree Mr. Wifflenuts, Why just last month I was dong feeding my gal some man milk in public. Discreet mind you and reasonably well concealed (‘cept the camera view) and to my shock and horror we were both arrested. There really needs to be equality and stop this double standard non sense.

  139. Alex DeLarge says:

    Visions of Clockwork Orange dancing through my head right about now. Also have a craving for some warm milk. Hmmm milk truck coming!!

  140. MrNiceGuy says:

    So what happens if she get two calls at the same time on opposite sides of the city? How soon will this become another Government House feel good tax? I don’t care one way or the other about it as long as I don’t have to pay for it.

  141. Cassie says:

    I breastfed both my children, BUT those were moments I didn’t want to share with the rest of the world. It is not difficult to remove yourself and go somwhere more private. It is not difficult to cover…those saying so, are being ridiculous! The people stating “It’s MY RIGHT!” Of course it is, but don’t forget…People have the RIGHT to get offended. Period!

  142. retired says:

    in San Fransisco, they will probably have soem other weird truck,, let your imagination freak you out..

  143. jdizzle says:

    im gonna create a “dump truck” where we can all take dumps out in the open

  144. melissaw says:

    My son does not take bottles. And he nurses for comfort just as much as food, and I am not going to deny him that. The whole reason people spew such ignorance is because we live in a society where the biological norm is no longer normal. BOTTLES are NOT the normal way to feed a baby. Period. Not all mothers want to risk nipple confusion by switching back and forth between bottle and breast. It’s actually NOT recommended for a newborn. One should wait until nursing is well established before introducing the bottle. Because such ignorance is so prevalent, we MUST nurse in public. Breastfeeding should be as or more normal than giving a baby a bottle. The “time and place” for feeding a baby, regardless of method, is when the baby is hungry. And for those who commented about private establishments being able to restrict public nursing- you are dead wrong. Their are laws protecting nursing mothers’ rights in nearly every state.

  145. Kel says:

    While I think the milk truck is a bit much, I do not have any problems with woman nursing their babies in public.

    I have 4 kids, and I breastfed all of them. I did it in public with no blanket, but I was very discreet about it. 95% of the time most people had no idea that I was even nursing. Thank god for nursing shirts/bras. Those things were a lifesaver as my kids would not nurse with a blanket or nursing cover over their heads.

    Honestly, I could care less if a womans boob is showing while she is nursing. It doesn’t bother me or offend me at all, but maybe it is because I see it as a natural part of life and the fact that I breastfed my own kids.

    I can’t understand why so many people have issues with women nursing in public. And the people who tell breastfeeding moms to go nurse their baby in the bathroom are idiots! Would you eat your lunch in the bathroom? I doubt it, so why the heck should a baby have to eat their lunch in the bathroom?

  146. Lucian Soltvedt says:

    It’s a great idea! Reminds me of the classic short film by Ren & Stimpy, Rubber nipple salesmen. No politics involved. Maybe.

  147. Stayhome says:

    I got 3 kids all well beyond breastfeeding ages. Guess what…we didn’t go out to restaurants when they were that little. Stay home or get carry out. And if youre breastfeeding beyond 1 or so youre a little odd.

  148. Holden says:

    Someone just brought up a good point. So what if a mother is nursing and people start whipping out cell phones and taking pictures and video and posting it on youtube or facebook or what have you?

    I would never do this because if a woman wants to breastfeed in public she can if she wants, doesn’t mean I have to look or stare at her. But what if some other creep decides to start videotaping?

  149. chloe says:

    stay at home. i don’t want to see breasts out wether they are “feeding” or at a strip show.

  150. Lookatme says:

    Want to win people to your cause? Don’t be ridiculous. Don’t act like the worst cartoonish stereotypes that you are trying to dispel. A van with a giant breast on top? Yes, know what that’s for? People who want attention, nothing more.

  151. J.Jay says:

    Wow. Americans get super worked up about this stuff. It’s pretty much a non-issue in Canada. Then again, Canada legalized bare breasts in public a few years ago, so I guess it just goes with our personality.
    I’ve never been harassed for nursing in public, covered or otherwise. Everyone is very understanding and supportive here.
    I’m bewildered by you guys. SO much hate,

  152. Ashley says:

    Good for her!! Hope she can shut up all the ignorant people who think there’s something wrong with a child nursing.

  153. jenn says:

    As a nurse and a mother who breastfed, I can’t believe some of the ignorant comments on here. I think we all can agree that breastfeeding is what is best for a baby. However, not everyone can breastfeed for one reason or another. It does not make them any less of a woman or mean that they love their child any less. I do not think that any woman should ever have to breastfeed in a restroom. That is just disgusting. However, and this is just my opinion, I do think that some women could be a little more discreet when feeding. There is always the extremists who fully expose themselves no matter where they are, and I think that is what people find offensive. Again, just my opinion. I can’t help but think that some women just do it because they want to feel the control or want everyone to look at them. I see women breastfeeding discreetly in public all the time. I have no problem with it whatsoever, as long as you are not fully exposed or trying to make a scene about it. A lot of places now have rooms just for that purpose, with sinks to wash your hands and a place to sit comfortably, so women don’t have think they have to go to a bathroom to feed their child. I would much rather have a women at a table next to me, discreetly feeding her child, than to listen to the child screaming for an hour while trying to enjoy my dinner.

  154. desadiste says:

    .
    Women who insist on breastfeeding in public are exhibitionists. They know the act irritates most other people but they do it anyway for the attention it brings beyond the usual “ooohs” and “aaahs” of just bringing a baby into the room.

    The truck is just an extension of this exhibitionism…taking it on the road, so-to-speak.

    Yeah, you have a baby…big deal.
    .

  155. NotALIbertarian says:

    What a bunch of spoiled-brat Gen-X-ers. This activist has nothing better to do with her time than fight for the right of women to expose themselves in public? What on earth is Carnegie-Mellon paying her to teach, Petty Life Causes 101?

  156. Sukie Tawdry says:

    I appreciate the sentiment, but this seems a remarkably dumb idea. When the kid’s ready to eat, the kid’s ready to eat. Mom’s gonna wait for a truck that will take who knows how long to get there? I’d much rather have her breast feed than listen to that.

    Everybody needs to give a little on this. Moms need to remember the rest of us aren’t in love with their little bundles of joy We don’t want to listen to crying and we don’t want suckling babes on moms’ bare breasts in our faces either, especially if we’re in a restaurant. If you’re caught in public with no other option, cover yourselves up. And the rest of us need to remember sometimes a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do.

  157. Joni says:

    Maybe I’m in the minority here, but when I breastfed my daughter, I didn’t WANT other people to see me. It wasn’t about modesty, or judgement, or fear of being shunned, it was because that to me was a VERY private moment that I wanted to share with my daughter. NOT with the waiter, NOT with the other patrons, and NOT even with other mothers. That’s MY time with MY child. I tried to time our outings so that she would be able to be fed in a more private setting, but as others have pointed out, babies aren’t able to tell time. I had a nice sedan, and I made us a little oasis in the backseat – pillows, blankies, the works. If she needed to feed in a setting I wasn’t comfortable in, we’d make a trip to the car, I’d turn on the heat in the winter or A/C in the summer, pop a CD in the stereo, and we’d have a nice, peaceful, mother/daughter moment.

    That being said, on a trip home from Phipp’s last summer with my 2 kids, we were on the bus going into downtown for a lunch date with my DH. We were in that little back section where the seats face each other, when the woman across from us all but removed her shirt (tank top, pulled up to her neck) AND bra, complete full frontal exposure of both breasts, and went to town. When I noticed my son staring, I tried to get his attention (as much as you can get from a 3 year old) focused on other things, buildings, people outside the bus, cars, ANYTHING. I guess not wanting to appear rude is rude as she started SCREAMING at me and my son for “turning our heads against nature.” I don’t have an issue with my son seeing a woman breastfeed, my sister (who is also our babysitter), breastfed both of her children in front of mine. He understands it’s how a lot of babies eat. HOWEVER, I don’t think it’s appropriate to fully expose yourself. I support a mother’s right to breastfeed, and I understand not everyone can master it without showing some skin – either because of a squirmy baby or because they just haven’t figured out what works for them. However, the women that behave as the mom on the bus did – with the attitude that nourishing a child gives her the right to bear all in public – are the ones that make it difficult for the rest of us to be taken seriously.

    As for those who called formula “GROSS” – my you never have a lactose intolerant preemie with GERD!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to explain to my son that mommy should have let him starve instead of finding other forms of nourishment that his little body could handle. You are the reason why I quit participating in mothering groups – WAY too much judgement. If a mother DARES stray from your obnoxiously high standards, she’s a bad mother.

  158. Anonymous says:

    I think all women breast feeding should do it in public with no blanket..out in the open so everyone can see. I love seeing boobies in public for free! Go Moms.

  159. It-Is-Unsanitary says:

    The point is, it IS a body fluid. Body fluids should not be “shared with the world”. Body fluids can transmit infections and diseases. Just because you’re a mom does not mean you are pure, sterile and disease-free.

    Your children are not either. In fact, children are not sticklers for cleanliness. They touch dirty things, they touch their noses and spread mucus and germs and whatnot.

    Women handling their babies at a dinner table are handling dirty diapers which contain urine, feces and e-coli.

    Do you want to be the person setting right next to that? Or the next person to sit at that table? What about mothers with leaking breasts? Do people want that on tables, chairs, or the floor?

    Babies are not sanitary and breastfeeding is often times unsanitary. It’s not about the boobs for most people, it’s the involuntary exposure to someone else’s body fluids.

  160. It-Is-Unsanitary says:

    Maybe people should look up “Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease” which is widely spread by infants.

    From the CDC:

    Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common viral illness of infants and children. The disease causes fever and blister-like eruptions in the mouth and/or a skin rash.

    Infection is spread from person to person by direct contact with infectious virus. Infectious virus is found in the nose and throat secretions, saliva, blister fluid, and stool of infected persons. The virus is most often spread by persons with unwashed, virus-contaminated hands and by contact with virus-contaminated surfaces.

    Good hygiene practices that can lower the risk of infection include

    Washing hands frequently and correctly (see Clean Hands Save Lives! ) and especially after changing diapers and after using the toilet

    Cleaning dirty surfaces and soiled items, including toys, first with soap and water and then disinfecting them by cleansing with a solution of chlorine bleach (made by adding 1 tablespoon of bleach to 4 cups of water)

    Avoiding close contact (kissing, hugging, sharing eating utensils or cups, etc.) with persons with HFMD

  161. babboo says:

    Wow – so much ignorance and so much dissent over a few trying to offer some informed statements.

    Perhaps folks need to quit hyperventilating over breasts – they are at the very basic level milk supplies for babies. Those who are wrapped around the axles about the sight of a breast need to calm down. There was a time when seeing bare breasts meant little since EVERY baby was breast-fed – ever hear of Jesus? Mary fed him from her breast for years because there WAS no powdered chemical garbage and people used goat or cow milk to make cheese, not drink.

    Babies get the mother’s anti-bodies, gain necessary nutrients, and immunities from the mother’s milk – something not possible with formula or cow’s milk (or goat milk or soy milk…).

    No, a mother cannot always plan her time out to convenience you. No more than you make your plans to convenience others. Do you plan your day so that I don’t have to contend with you belching foul smoke from your fetid lungs? Do you plan your schedule so I do not have to hear your raucous laughter over lunch? How about if you are sick – do you isolate yourself so you do not contaminate the air with your diseased sneezes and coughs? Or even more simply – do you always carry an umbrella or have the exact change? No, of course you don’t always have everything on-hand to cover your situations any more than a mother who means to be out for a short while gets delayed because of someone’s slowness. Nor can she plan when her baby will be hungry – sometimes we get hungry sooner than normal, by the opinions expressed here I should go hide myself in a dark corner away from everyone else so I cannot be seen until it is acceptable for me to be hungry.

    Quit over sexualizing a breast. For all you sad little lumplings who think a breast is “dirty” or “offensive” or “sexual” need to get away from the ridiculous beliefs and simply think logically for a moment. It is not a sex organ, has nothing to do with reproduction, is not a genital, it is a breast. It’s a milk bag. When a mother has had a baby it will initially fill with milk as a ready supply for her infant. It is mainly the Americans who have sexualized the breast, Other countries don’t make as big a deal as the pent-up sexually repressed Americans. You get told your body is dirty. A woman feeding her baby from her breast is no more sexual than you eating an apple.

    Grow up.

  162. mwoods says:

    As mind-boggling as some of these “opinions” are, not just that breastfeeding is gross, but that children are, and that somehow those of us who have children and choose to feed them the normal way (and yes, breastfeeding is normal. formula is necessary in rare instances, but bottles ARE in fact, artificial) should essentially stay home for 18 years, well the law disagrees with you, and the reason why is that breastfeeding rates are not high enough in our society.

    Just a few UNDISPUTED FACTS, for the record.

    FACT- 1.5 MILLION babies die each year because they are not adequately breastfed. “Adequately breastfed” means breastfed exclusively for 6 months, and breastfed with complementary foods for 2 whole years, according to the WHO.

    FACT- Breastfeeding saves taxpayers billions of dollars because breastfed babies don’t get sick as often as formula fed babies.

    FACT- There are obviously lots of benefits to breastfeeding. We all know this. What a lot of people don’t know is that there are health risks to NOT breastfeeding, both to mother and child.

    The laws are in place to protect breastfeeding mothers because MORE PEOPLE NEED TO BREASTFEED IN THIS SOCIETY! If people knew and really understood the advantages to feeding babies the biologically normal way, mothers who need to feed a baby in public would be revered, not embarrassed.

  163. Anonymous says:

    @ Dawn ‘ “it’s really a perfectly natureal thing to do.”
    So is voiding and defecating, but I don’t want to see someone doing that in public either.”

    Breastfeeding is NO way related to to voiding and defecating. That is appalling! Yes it is a natural thing, and I can see they point you are so desperately trying to make, but NO way is it related.You must be one of those “Go feed your child in the bathroom next to someone who is pooping” types of people. If you don’t want to see it you have control over your eyes, look away. Breastfeeding is a natural thing, a beautiful thing.

    I don’t understand if women has a cover in a public place why she is asked to go elsewhere. Yes, if it was up to me I wouldn’t wear a cover in public, it’s a pain in butt to deal with that and a fussing baby (only moms that have been in those shoes would understand the stress), but I do cover up in public because I know it makes some people feel uncomfortable. Like I said its a natural thing. I don’t understand why people are so upset and appalled when a mom breastfeeds in public, yet you can turn on ANY public television station and you are almost guaranteed to see a set of plastic surgery enhanced boobies, or cuss words, or sex/sexual inuwindows and that is perfectly ok. The fact of the matter is wether you like it or not, (I am assuming here you live in the USA because this article is set in pittsburgh) We do have the freedom to breast feed in public, it is our right AND we will cont. to do so.

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