Thursday, 31 May 2012
However, there was a situation that I encountered where I was uncomfortable with a woman breastfeeding.
A classmate of mine invited me to his wedding, and I was thrilled and immediately said yes. The ceremony was at 1 p.m and it was beautiful, and the reception was to be held in a hotel banquet room at 6 p.m that evening giving time for pictures and people to go home and rest. Being a hotel there were bathrooms equipped with changing tables and couches 5 feet from the banquet room; and there were lots of children and babies at this reception.
Along one wall, right beside the door, was the gift table, with two chairs for the couple to sit and open said gifts. I was at a table close to this area, and the head table was across the room. During the couple's thank you speech I noticed a woman sitting at the gift table; she was breastfeeding her child, without any sort of covering, clearly visible to the bride and groom.
Now as I said earlier I have no problem with breastfeeding, but I did have a problem with this woman openly breastfeeding AT THE GIFT TABLE during the speech. My reasoning is this, she knew she was going to a wedding, she could have brought bottles; she also could have used the bathroom that was five feet away; she could even have found a different area in the room to breastfeed in; and finally couldn't she have covered up a little?
What do you think? Am I being insensitive by thinking she could have been a little more private/prepared? Would you openly breastfeed at someones wedding? Let me know your thoughts!