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Here are opinions: * Absolutely, it's natural and there's nothing wrong with it. * No. In any society, something that causes discomfort to others should be avoided whenever possible. One has only to look around a crowded restaurant, terminal, or where ever a woman happens to be breastfeeding and notice the number of men averting their eyes. (Yes, there are always a few that ogle.) Some men find it embarrassing, others think it's the gentlemanly thing to do, while still others just don't want to be thought of as voyeurs. The problem for men is that if they feel like they have to look elsewhere, they end up restricting their field of view to half of the room, and that's unnatural and uncomfortable. On the other hand, I've seen some women being so discrete that for the most part, you don't even know what they're doing. If a woman can be that discrete, then obviously there's no problem. If she can't, then I guess I still feel that if there is an acceptable alternative, it should be avoided. * I think that it is a cut and dry answer, except for a few variables (classless people, ignorant people). Any woman can discreetly breastfeed anywhere. A simple folded small blanket or a clean cloth diaper draped over the child's head and the womans breast can make it a private moment while out in public. What is the big deal? I can see two instances where it could be a "problem". One would be a childish adult acting stupid. The other would be a "mother earth" mom, who wants the whole world to know she is doing the best for her child, that she has no "hang-ups" about it, is not shy (or is a bit of an exhibitionist) and makes no attempt to respect her child or other people and lets it all hang out. That would be a big deal, and would be inappropriate in any public setting. * Besides being an important bonding moment, breast milk is far superior to anything else. Mom's milk comes pre-warmed, and is loaded with antibodies that nothing else can provide the child, and may have long-lasting benefits for the child. * See and search "breastfeeding in public".

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