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Good study, I love how it ignores the millions of nursing infants who have died of malaria in the last decade while declaring beat milk a cure. I know it's hard to believe, but not every internet "study" is accurate.

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89 Justin Beiber is a tool. We kicked him out of the movie theater I worked at because the dumb kid tried climbing over the ledge into the 21+ area. His argument was "Chuckie Cheese has beer and I can go there." He's an arrogant prick that thinks he can get what he wants.

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This reminds me of the book, a tree grows in brooklyn, where gussie who is around five still wants to drink his mother's milk

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Apparently it's something that lots of parents think is fine, it's attachment parenting, there was a big TIME magazine thing about it, with the cover of an 5-8 year old boy sucking on his moms breast. I personally think it's gross!

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lol, @74 did you just compare beat milk to human breast milk and theb claim that the effects of beat milk is enough evidence to not use human breast milk

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#11. Yes but the kid was 3 which is perfectly ok. The world Health Organization recommends breastfeeding till the age of 2 at least. Going up to 3 is not an issue and happens quite a lot. People went all prudish and shocked because the kid was standing on a chair and appeared older than he was, which is quite ridiculous since babies can stand and walk from an age as early as 12 months old. 8 year old is way too old though for breastfeeding, I agree. If for some medical reason, you want to give b

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Actually, 78, most states have laws protecting nursing mothers and allowing them to breastfeed in any public place where they are otherwise allowed.

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78, ever heard of feed-ins? Every time a mother has been asked to leave a place or cover up in my city a whole group of moms would come in and do it to protest the policy of said place. It might not be the best idea to do publicly but very little (if anything) can be done about it. Just gotta accept it and move on.

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28. I don't think there is anything wrong with feeding a child in public. Whether it be a bottle or boob. Personally, as long as a mother covers herself up while nursing, there isn't anything wrong with it. I nurse my daughter in public (covered) and I've never had a problem. If anyone were to say anything to me about it though, I'd feel like they're out of line.

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There's nothing about breast feeding that makes it indecent exposure. Breast feeding is a natural thing that many mothers do to care for their child(ren) and they should not be discriminated against for it. Especially when most places in this world have no problem with men walking around half naked. Guess what? Just because you're male doesn't mean you don't have boobs. And on top of that, if you use the argument that a woman breast feeding is somehow provocative or distracts you or suggest in a

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I doubt it was a once in a while thing. Mothers only lactate as long as the suckling occurs. Once the kid stops for a while, the lactating stops. This kid has to have been breast feeding for a while. I'm no doctor, but I did sleep at a Paris Hilton once.

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140, picking your nose and defecating is also natural, but for some reason people don't like seeing this in public. At the very least it is distracting.

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167, isn't picking your nose also natural and beautiful? Pretty sure *some* people find pooping beautiful too, although they're minority.

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Defecating is perfectly natural as well, and so is being in the nude completely, and all sorts of other bodily functions aswell. Beautiful is subjective and some people may find defecating more beautiful than breast feeding. I'm not saying anything abot breast feeding, but the comparison is viable because they're all natural, so why can't we do it? All this is about not shocking the public, so where do we draw the line? And anyway "breasts are meant to be used" is invalid because we l

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I think that comparing breast feeding to crapping and nudity is quite a stretch. Our lack of acceptance of especially poo in public has more to do with our advancement as a civilization in regards to sanitation and cleanliness. We didn't always have a problem with it. We just realized the it spreads disease. Sitting in random places naked isn't very healthy either. Breast feeding is healthy. Unfortunately most people think women should go to the public restroom to do it and that to me is defini

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Breastfeeding in public happens when a mother has to leave the home with her baby, but it is also the baby's feeding time since a baby needs to get its milk. It doesn't effect anyone watching in any way unless they have some problem with it for the "exposure", and harms no one on their daily routine. Defecating, on the other hand, should never happen in public because of sanitation and keeping our streets clean for everyone and to prevent disease from spreading. Also, the smell would m

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hey man, women have the right to walk around topless if they want in most states, just like a guy can. There's nothing innately wrong with it, the problem is in people's perception of what wrong is and how we were raised to believe things. It's one of the interesting things to philosophize(surprised this is a word) about, like why murder is wrong.

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196, yay, if there's no sanitation problem, then public nudity, nose picking and public sex are okay too.

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78- you're wrong and 81 is completely correct. It's perfectly legal to nurse your child in public and actually there are laws protecting us mommas who nurse their babies in public. 200- no one has EVER seen my "tits" and I've "flopped" them out to feed my daughter. I cover myself well when nursing in public. Also, clearly you're not a parent or a parent who's nursed a child (I'm not sure if you're male or female) but just so you know for future reference, most breastfed babi

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Did I say that? No, I did not, so don't make an ass out of yourself for assuming. Including nose picking into the category of sex and nudity shows how messed up your priorities are. I gave reasons why defecating is wrong and why breastfeeding isn't in public, I didn't address anything else. But since you mention, one of the major reasons that public nudity or public sex is wrong is because of religion. The belief is that allowing such things is disgusting and makes us indistinguishable to other

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I have a problem with public breast feeding because the ones I've seen do it don't cover up. Their "cover" is the babies head. I personally would rather they not make it so public for everybody to see. And not everybody thinks of it as "beautiful." May be natural, but I don't see it as beautiful

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It's ok to breast feed. But if the child is at the age where they can be embarrassed, or made fun of, it's time to pump it.

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Teeth are a natural sign the child is ready for solid foods no natural animal nurses for 10% or more of there entire lifespan ...

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I don't see why fat guys are allowed to flaunt their man boobs in public, but as soon as a girl does it, it's indecent. I don't think it should be indecent exposure-- a female should be able to show her chest anywhere a man can. It's only fair. I can't even fathom how someone decided that breastfeeding of all things was "indecent"...

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Well, a woman can in fact walk around topless in most states. They just don't do it because unlike men who have no shame, they are at least a bit modest :D

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True several states have laws on the books that allow topless women in public New York had a big deal over it on the subway years ago

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I do the two shirt method... You pull the shirt up and tank top down, the shirt covers mostly the breast... I hate covers and so does my daughter. Every time I try to cover her, she screams the top of her lungs and not only that can't see a damn thing to get her to latch on... So the blanket doesn't work for us!

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You can still get arrested, though, because it's offensive enough to some people. Also, I think there was a case in NJ where it wasn't protected because of a county law or something. So I'm not too sure. I also think it's interesting that people are so quick to criticize this woman's parenting, when there are plenty of more harmful things that are more accepted, like giving children fast food on a regular basis or smoking around kids. Yes, it's weird, but it's not the worst thing in the world.

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Conclusion of the discussion: when babies are involved, people lose their mind and ability to reason and go crazy. Which is pretty sad if you ask me - you should keep your emotions in check, always.

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24, Sex is not limited to penetration, you know (For example, you wouldn't grope your blood relative, right)? See "erotic lactation" article on wikipedia. Yes, they have such article.

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#4 there is nothing sexual in breast feeding because breasts primary purpose is to feed. It’s our 1st world society that gave a sexual connotation to breasts.

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52, read comments properly. While initially breastfeeding is not sexual, it might easily turn sexual if child hits puberty or near-puberty while being breastfed, plus it is likely to affect his sexual preferences later. Also some children are good at hiding their emotions. Read: "ouedipus complex". As for wikipedia being "non-legitimate"... That's not a rocket science, and that's not something where you need opinion of famous scientist supported by peer-review. Regardless of

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95, Even if (you think) it is not incest, it is more likely to look like incest or something similar to onlookers. Moral of the story: don't breastfeed in public.

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It may not be sexual for a child (yet) but you gotta wonder what the hell is going on in the mother's mind. What if she's encouraging the behaviour for her own pleasure gratification? Her child is 8 years old! Believe me, I don't want to take away the beauty of breast feeding and the bond between mother and child. My huge family were ALL breast fed but when is someone too old that it may effect their thoughts on want is socially acceptable behaviour? ***On a side note: I see nothing wrong with

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108, I've never seen a woman breastfeed in public in last 25 years. I fail to see what is supposed to be right about it. Breastfeed in private, use bottled milk in public. It is a physiological process of excreting milk from your body. Most of the other similar processes (where body fluids or products are involved) are frowned upon, which is why some people might find seeing breastfeeding unpleasant.

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114: Accidents happen and breasts can become exposed when breast feeding whether you want them to or not. People need to stop treating it like a woman is purposely exposing herself or in any way being indecent when breast feeding in public. (Not necessarily counting the case in this particular FML. But that stems more from the age of the child than the actual act of breast feeding.)

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Why should a mother force a bottle on her baby that she intends to breast feed? I know lots of moms who never use the bottle so when it's time for their baby to eat, they breast feed. Nursing is in no way related to any other activity where bodily fluids are involved.

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I'm confused as to why everyone is arguing about whether breastfeeding in public is right or not. I thought the primary issue was the age of the child, not the actual breast feeding. I think most reasonable people can agree that breast feeding is natural, and different countries have different laws as to whether it can be done in public or not. What are the laws in Australia, and is it reasonable for an (suspected) 8 year old to be still breast feeding?

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Have to agree with EvilUndead here, bodily fluids should be private. Which is why whenever a person is sweating or crying in public here, we do the only natural thing and either call the cops or start a lynch mob. I mean, this much should be obvious, right?

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EvilUndead, it's actually healthy to breast feed until a child is at least two. Are you suggesting a child should hardly ever leave the house until it is two years old?

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212, haven't you seen all the posted signs at public playgrounds? I'm pretty sure they ALL say "children under 2 years old not admitted."

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172, WOW what planet are you from? Most people stay home the first couple weeks with their newborn but after that they take the baby out. There is nothing wrong with it and why limit you time out to when the baby is not hungry? Some breast fed babies eat every 1 1/2-2 hours. Get real, people have a life and go on about it and include their baby.

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Lycoris, you've not comprehended this entire thread. I'm not going to explain because it's all been said. But I will tell you this, although what you're saying is true, it is irrelevant to the specific topic. So reread this all...

Some parents don't know how to let go. I heard a story similar to this about this with a 6 year old, only the lady had like 4 kids, the 6 year being the oldest.

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53 - you obviously didn't read his comment. He said he enjoys boobs, just not his mum's. the conclusion you came to is way off.

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I said not my mothers. There is however a twenty something barmaid whose nipples i wouldn't mind suckling on right now. Not sure she'll let me though.

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#100. Amy Farrah Fowler, to be precise. She is definitely neither (ee) Penny nor Bernadette.

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Who supplied you with that knowledge? Someone lied to you! Actually as a breast feeder they recommend you start to decrease the breast feeding around 2. I really hope you didn't breast feed your 6 year old. There is nothing natural about that. 6 year olds should be in 1st grade and drinking out of a milk carton! The visual of a child over 3-4 breast feeding is disturbing!

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I'm sure the "beyond" did not mean a child that old. Everyone will agree breast milk is the best nutrition for a baby, however to avoid separation anxiety issues and other mental and social issues, breast feeding a 6 yr old or older would be detrimental to their development in functioning on their own. IMO of course.

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39... Why do people think its inappropriate to feed a hungry child in public? My daughter is strictly breastfed and she's 7 months old. She refuses bottles so I cant pump and feed her that way. That being said, because of this, is it really fair to say I shouldn't nurse my child in public? If my daughter is hungry I'm going to feed her. So long as I'm covered, I don't see a problem with it.

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125- who says to stop breastfeeding after the child gets their first tooth? Babies who are strictly breastfed until let's say 4-6 months usually will refuse a bottle because that's not what they're use to. My daughter will not take a bottle and she is 7 months old. I plan on breastfeeding her until at least age 1. Breastfeeding until then does not make the child clingly. Nursing a child actually creates an amazing bond between mother and child. A baby getting some teeth doesn't mean to stop and

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I wouldn't say it's inappropriate for you to be breast feeding your child in public if she's still a baby. An eight year old on the other hand...

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It's not anyone's business to talk about this in a bad way. How do you know he will have clingy issues later. He could grow up and be really successful.

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Exactly! I wouldn't breast feed that long myself but someone shouldn't be judged for it! I breasted for over 2 years & it was embarrassing that everyone judged me as soon as my child started eating regular food!

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139, ignore my comment above... As I was saying, of course they aren't used to it by 4-6 months, does that mean they're more used to it by 12? No. There's a first for everything. That's not why they'll refuse a bottle.. And teach such a young child not to bite? How in the world would you do that? They can barely understand you as it is.

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125- my daughter is 8 months old, has a few teeth and I breastfeed her. She's never bitten me. She does eat solid foods but gets most of her nutrition from breast milk. Some women (including myself) have an extremely hard time pumping. A baby is much more efficient than a pump, it takes me an entire day to pump one bottle of milk. So pumping isn't an option for everyone.

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252- Babies understand a lot more than you think. My daughter knows what I'm saying when I tell her to open her mouth for feeding her solids. They DO understand things. They can sense the manner in the tone you use and other approaches. My daughter isn't exactly gentle when I nurse her sometimes and she can hurt me. When she does so, I unlatch her and tell her no in a firm voice and wait for a few seconds before latching her again. She understands to not continue that behavior. So yeah, babies c

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You're an idiot. Kids don't "stop sucking" just because they get a tooth! They still use the same sucking mechanic if they drink from a bottle. My son was never bottle fed and he never bit me. Bottle feeding is purely choice and not in the least bit necessary. I hope you're not a parent because you are VERY misinformed!

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However, it is my place to protect my child (if I had one) and I would not want him nor a whole playground full of children watching their friend sucking mommies boob. Pump it and give it to him or, if you like to still breast feed do it before you come to the playground.

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Where the hell are you getting your information?? Show me a reputable source that's says the natural age for weaning is 4-7.

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@63 Actually they should censor it. Fucking is completely natural too, but you don't want people fucking on the playground do you?

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105, "human children are designed to receive all of the benefits of breast milk and breastfeeding for an absolute minimum of two and a half years, and an apparent upper limit of around 7 years." La Leche League International.

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I'm not sure La Leche can be called reputable, given their nature, but at least we know what activist group is spewing that unscientific bit of misinformation.

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Ok, I took the time to read it and do a quick check of the references. All 5 that I checked are llli members or employees and the studies were done in house. Someone needs to tell them that it's not accepted sound scientific practice to reference one's own work as expert corroborating evidence.

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Walking around naked is natural but people don't do that in public, do they? I have no problem with breast feeding however I do believe it is rude to breastfeed your 8 year old in public!

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In our society, it's ok for a woman to walk around mostly naked in a bikini, but not ok for her to breastfeed. It's ok to see a woman's cleavage or breasts as long as she's not breastfeeding. Newsflash: a breastfeeding woman's nipple is covered by the baby's mouth. Isn't that the part most people are worried about covering?

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Breast feeding IS natural, and no one replying to you has a problem with it being done in public. The problem people are having is that the child in question is at least 8 years old, and that you are referencing biased studies that were not done using accepted scientific practices. Where are the sound medical studies to prove it?

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so what if hes eight. its thats parents choice. just explain to kids what they are doing and remind them that every family is different. tolerance and respect. just bc you wouldnt do it to your child doesnt give you the right to tell her she cant. it is a very slippery slope to begin to tell parents what the "right" way to raise their children is.

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Lycoris, I got bored at 5. The studies I refer to are the ones within the publications cited. Also, a quick google search of the authors' names revealed their affiliation. Two minutes and a dozen browser tabs was all it took.

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Lycoris- Just stop trying to argue. You're constantly changing the subject by saying that breast feeding is natural and should not be censored. That isn't the real debate, here. The ones who disagree with you in that respect is a minority. The debate here is when a child grows out his teeth, he's ready for solid foods and ready to be taken off the breast. Extended feeding is ridiculous and harmful in the long run. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. Cross-reference your sources inste

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