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Old 02-03-2005, 02:07 PM   #11
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With respect to infants who are exclusively breast fed (and haven't mastered a bottle nipple yet), I think it'd be unfair to mothers to suggest they should have to go to their staterooms every time it's time for a feeding. Poor mom would just be settling into a deckchair by the pool with baby when it'd be time to pack everything up and go back to the room. With kids that young, just getting from place to place with them and the diaper bag, etc. is like planning the invasion of Normandy.

That being said, I know that many people are a bit offended by a public glimpse of nipple (last year's Superbowl show dramatically demonstrated that!), even if it is in the context of feeding a child. And to be honest, although I'm not "offended" by such things, as a man I know I'd feel a bit self-conscious and awkward if I were sitting on a cruiseship next to a woman breastfeeding her child without any attempt to be a bit discreet (with a cloth or blanket, etc.). A baby on mother's breast is one of the most beautiful sights in the world, but frankly I don't feel like I should be given a birdseye view unless it's my wife and my child.

So in summary, I think there's room for compromise here, somewhere between banderson's grandfather and brack's sense of appropriate behavior on a cruise.
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