Breastfeeding in public used to be considered taboo. However, more and more people are leaning towards the attitude that there is nothing wrong with breastfeeding your baby in public.
However, despite the open-mindedness of some people, there are still those who find the act indecent.
Such is the case with Nerissa Velasco, who immediately commented her judgmental opinion when she saw a photo of a woman breastfeeding her baby in a restaurant.
She bashed the mother and commented, “Habang Kumakain Ka Sa Resto May Nagpapa Dede!! Tama Ba Ganitong Asal in Public Place?”
Unsurprisingly, many netizens responded to her rant and stated that it’s perfectly okay to breastfeed one’s child in public. However, a few other judgmental netizens sided with her and said that it is indeed inappropriate to breastfeed in public.
Here were their comments:
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Reijo del Prado, the breastfeeding mother’s husband, saw Velasco's comment and rebutted through a Facebook post.
“Ok. Let me get this straight. Its a picture of my wife nursing my little one in public. Some will say "teka dapat may cover!", others will say "dapat dun sa banyo!" At yung iba "wala ba lugar dito para magpadede?!"
“I'll give you 3 questions to ponder. A. Can you eat comfortably while being covered in the face all the time? B. Can you imagine yourself eating in a public toilet? C.Kung gutom na gutom ka na, at di ka makakain, ano pakiramdam mo?”
“Anyways, im just proud to see how my wife takes care of my little one..Pleasant Evening!”
Mac Mac Vera Catugas tried to explain the side of those who found it inappropriate and said, “ganito po kasi yan mga sir/maam o.k lang po yan pero kung medyo nakakahatak na sya ng attention..”
He continued, “lalo na sa ibang tao at lalake at napaka ganda pa ni maam eh medyo tago tago din ikaw ba gusto mo ba na pagtinginan ka ng madaming tao habang kumakain???”
“halimbawa sa mang inasal eh pareparehas naman kayo ng order pero ikaw nakaka agaw ka ng attention at pinag titinginan ka...”
His opinion, while shared by others, should not affect a mother's decision to feed her child. After all, what’s a mother to do if the baby is hungry?
What do you think? Which side are you on?
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