Breastfeeding in Public IS Gross ... Sometimes

Rant 38

hair dresser cutting hairTalk about a hairy situation! Stylists at a salon got themselves in a pickle recently when they told breastfeeding moms they'd have to cover up ... or they wouldn't snip their hair. Cue angry mom protest, and presto, change-o, there's been a rule change. Haircuts for everyone! Even nursing moms!

Yeeeech! Now hold up, just a second. This is not an "OMG, boooobies, so grosssss" rant.

I'm fully supportive of breastfeeding in public. It's just a baby eating, after all! That said, I don't think women should breastfeed everywhere.

Sure, we have the right to do so, but as it is with many rights, this one comes with certain responsibilities. First, and foremost, we need to keep our babies safe and comfortable. And while one might argue that a hungry baby is an uncomfortable one, hunger pangs are far from the worst a baby can encounter.

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Just think about the last time you went in for a haircut. What happened? The stylist draped a cape over you to protect you from getting hair all over your clothes, right? Itchy, uncomfortable hair.

Now consider a mother who is nursing her baby -- uncovered -- in that chair while the stylist snips, snips, snips away. Where is all that hair going? That's right -- right on the uncovered baby. In her face. In her ears. In her mouth.

Itchy, uncomfortable hair.

Ewwww! Poor kid!

Oh, and it gets worse. Ever had a stylist drop her scissors on you? I have.

Imagine her dropping them ... in a baby's eye.

Breastfeeding uncovered while you're getting your hair done might be the ultimate in mommy multitasking, but it's bound to be rather unpleasant for the baby.

This is where we separate the right to breastfeed from the necessity to do so in all situations. Is it really necessary that you feed your baby while getting your hair done? Couldn't you do it before? Or after? We aren't talking about something that can't be rescheduled here. It's a haircut, not surgery. 

Yes, protecting the right to nurse in public is important for moms and babies alike. But let's use a little common sense ...

Moms, you don't always need to multitask. Sometimes you need to just give in and give your babies your full attention.

Would you breastfeed in the hairdresser's chair?


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Shandi80 Shandi80

God forbid if the stylist dropped their scissors and they injured the mother or baby. This is a terrible idea that puts both the stylist, mother and child at risk. These moms need to lose the feelings of entitlement and make do like the rest of us...the world does NOT revolve around them.

Chana... Chanandler.Bong

I totally agree with you!  I think that too often new moms forget that caring for very young babies that aren't on a feeding schedule (as opposed to older breastfeeding babies that you are able to predict better when they will need to eat) is a sacrifice.  I'm not necessarily saying that mothers of newborns/young babies shouldn't get their hair done; I am saying that parenthood IS a sacrifice!  Perhaps we need to put our baby's needs ahead of our own and schedule haircuts/styling at a time when someone else can watch the baby.  Or pump accordingly.  I feel that this whole breastfeeding empowerment debate has led to some moms forgetting the most important thing about caring for babies, which is the baby comes first.  Period.

amiec... amiecanflie

I fully support breastfeeding in public, but this sounds dangerous. 

Serab... Serabelle

I agree as well. It's unsanitary, dangerous to feed baby in certain places. If you have a hair appointment, plan.accordingly and pump before hand incase baby gets hungry. Not only is this unsafe for the baby, you're actually putting the stylist in an uncomfortable position. They need you to be able to move your head around to get your ends even sometimes, so holding anything.makes that more difficult. Store, restaurant, almost anywhere else I don't care if people are bf'ing. I do feel bad when I see people stare though, it's weird how other people react to a bf'ing mom! Just don't look if it makes you uncomfortable!

Maias... MaiasMommy619

I agree with you...and I would hope some mothers would have atleast  a little bit of common sense to know this too!? SMH

amnew... amnewlon8982

I personally wouldn't even want to be holding my child during a haircut simply because of the risk of injury to them.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

Babies wiggle... you are supposed to be sitting still during a hair cut. Therefore, I am not going to be holding/nursing/anywhere NEAR my child during a trip to the salon for the selfish reason that I want it done right. lol


Beth McCormack Bernitt

Hee Hee if a mother is nursing the baby will always need to be feed during the is just how the cookie crumbles. and yes they must cover up as hair can turn into a hair splinter on mother or child and trust me you don't want one of those on your little one or the region from which said tot is suckling TRUST ME!

Christie Heltzell

I'd... just put the baby under the cape. Problem solved?

Bloom... Bloomie79

I've bf under the cape during a color... But a haircut I think you could plan around that pretty easily.

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