Breastfeeding in public

If seeing a woman breastfeed her child in public is offensive to you, then Costa Rica is not the country for you.  I can’t tell you how many places that I have been where the woman are breastfeeding, and not covering it up.  I have been at the clinic, the park, the bus station, and even inside a government building just to name a few.  There is no shame in it here and there should not be anywhere.  This is the most natural way to feed your baby and they know it.  If the baby is hungry they do not stop to think about where they are at or who is around, the only thing that matters is feeding that baby.  I have seen worse things in the newspaper than a woman breastfeeding her baby.  They will take out the whole breast and put the baby up to it, they will not put a towel or blanket over them or the child to try to hide it.  Why should they?  It’s already hot and humid here in the rain forest.  So, if you find this offensive, you should think twice before visiting.  It is a natural part of life here and no one stares or makes comments about it. 

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2 responses

  1. I think the biggest problem is that the culture in US everything has been assigned some sexual connotation. All nudy is considered morally wrong because any nakedness is perceived as sexual. I personally wouldn’t nauseate the world by parading around naked, thought the cool breeze would feel nice at times, hahaha, but many cultures and societies in the rest of the world have not completely forgotten Nature and natural reality. Breastfeeding, come on, if the sight of an innocent infant nursing on his/her mother’s breast is wrong to you, the only reason I can see is that you perceive it sexually, therefore morally incorrect, then I guess that makes you the sicko, not the one feeding her child the most natural and healthy way.

    • Well said Scot. When I was at the Clinic this past Sunday there was a lady breastfeeding her child and there were probably about 50 people around. No one stared and no one said anything about it. It was a perfectly normal thing to do here. Also, we were all outside in public view.

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