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PF Weekly Grab A Brew 29: Breastfeeding in public and free pizza

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I don’t normally read breastfeeding stories but it was the breastfeeding in public and the free pizza title that caught my eye while reading my daily dose of Yahoo News.

We don’t have any children but that doesn’t mean that we don’t think about how parenting would affect our lives if we were to have a child.

I was a breastfed baby as was my siblings who later did the same with their children when they became parents.

Costs involved

There are benefits to breastfeeding although it was more about nutrition and money savings, my sister says.

In the UK I’ve seen a baby being breastfed many times and to me, it seems like a natural thing to do for a mother.

Granted they were always covered up which seems appropriate.

I don’t give too much notice to it though. I guess I have lots to learn if I want to be a father someday.

I have seen the outrageous costs of formula and baby diapers so stockpiling will be a priority for us if we do have a baby.

My sister told me that the cost of buying baby formula was so expensive that if she was able to breastfeed then she would and it was better for the baby as well.

Not all mothers can breastfeed or it may simply be a case where the child might not want to. It’s more of a personal choice for many and/or one they have no control over it (if they want to and the child doesn’t). One mother commented…..

I am still trying to accept breastfeeding in public. To me it is a special intimate time with your baby and I don’t want people around me when I breastfeed mine.

Breastfeeding in public

The Yahoo article was about a stay at home mom, Jackie Johnson-Smith who was out for celebrating her 33 rd birthday dinner at Fongs Pizza in Des Moines with her husband and 3 children (4, 3 and 12 months) when she needed to breastfeed her youngest before any fussing began in the restaurant.

She says that she heard good things about the restaurant and that it was family-friendly. The mother proceeds to cover up with a nursing cover to breastfeed her child discreetly.

Later she moves to her vehicle to finish breastfeeding because she noticed the waitress walking by her table a few times and was worried they were not happy about it.

I think what the mother did was appropriate and I know that some places even have breastfeeding areas on site as do many shopping centres.

I couldn’t imagine a mother having to go into her vehicle in the summer humidity that we have in Ontario so it might not always be an optimal solution.

Certainly I would not recommend it, ever unless the A/C was on even then, it’s just too hot inside of a vehicle.

I’ve never seen a mother just put it all out on display to breastfeed while people were walking by, then again many don’t see this as a concern.

I also wondered if there were any public breastfeeding laws around the world although I’m sure there are if I did a quick search.

Could a mother bottle breast milk to take while out on the town to avoid breastfeeding?

Don’t beat me down please, I’m just asking questions so you can all give some experienced answers.

Another option I read in the comments is that she could have potentially breastfed her child before she left. What happens if the child is not hungry though?

Baby hats for breastfeeding

breastfeeding beanies
Peaces breastfeeding baby hats

While on Facebook the other day there was a post I noticed (I notice the oddest things sometimes) that showed a photo of a mother breastfeeding with a yellow beanie hat on the head of her baby that resembled a breast (well it did to me).

I thought it was a brilliant idea and it seemed from the ‘likes’ on the photo that other mothers thought it was a great idea as well.

One mother even said she wished she had one when her daughter was born.

I did a quick search online only to find how popular these breastfeeding hats are.

You can buy them ranging in colour, size, and price like the photo above from Peaces on Etsy for $25.56 Canadian plus $8.52 shipping to Canada.

Keep in mind this is just one of many and you can find all sorts of prices on hats if you do a search. If you are handy or know someone who loves to knit you could easily make these at home for a fraction of the cost.

This breastfeeding boobie baby beanie hat is 100% handmade with ultra soft yarn that is super comfy for babies and children of all ages.

The rich color and subtle sheen of the yarn provides a clean and finished look with a bit of pizzaz

When her husband collected the bill to pay the pizza shop he noticed on the receipt that it read a note to him from the waitress that served his family.

I bought one of your pizzas, please thank your wife for breastfeeding

I can only imagine the waitress was happy that the mother fed her child but the mother thought that it is what she is supposed to do anyways, so it was nothing special. The waitress might have remembered a time when she was doing the same thing and may have suffered backlash for breastfeeding in public.

It seems like such a controversial topic for many people and with over 16,000 comments on this article I’m sure everyone has a personal opinion that differs from the other. What’s right, what’s wrong, who knows. I don’t worry about it.

It doesn’t seem to bother me although I don’t think I’ve heard any of my male friends ever making comments about it before. Maybe Fongs is a restaurant that is not opposed to breastfeeding in public and supports it which I’m sure many mothers would rejoice about. Who knows, but Jackie was a happy mother that evening.

I don’t know what it’s like to be a mother (obviously, since I’m a guy) but I’m sure with all the craziness after having a child, the costs involved and life changes as a parent, things can get tough.

Trying to adjust to a new life as parents is difficult enough then having to worry about being stared at in public, scrutinized and made to feel like they need to hide feeding their child by some people must be difficult.

What are your feelings about breastfeeding in public? Should people be more open-minded about breastfeeding?

Top Recipe

vanilla strawberry trifle

There was something about this Vanilla Strawberry Trifle that I couldn’t take my eyes off of it.

The Kitchen Diaries shared this on my Free Recipe Depot Facebook page this week and I chose it as my top recipe to share.

You can also find all of my recipes located in my new Free Recipe Index. 

Have a great week everyone and I hope you enjoyed this edition of my Personal Finance Weekly Grab a Brew #29, breastfeeding in public and free pizza. Join me again next Friday when we do it all over again.

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