I’m for breastfeeding anywhere, anytime the child needs it. It’s a life issue to me. Cows drink cows milk, babies drink mommies milk. Sure their are artificial substations and they could pump and put it in a bottle but then the infant and the mother are missing out on the bonding experience.
What I have found is that most women are very modest about this and have a “hooter hider” like my wife did or their nursing shirt fits so that you would be hard pressed to tell they were nursing unless you stared or made it your business to do so.
The few that flaunt it… well maybe those individuals will help people won’t don’t understand the benefits do some research and find out.
Last thought… The greatest generation, those who fought in WWII were probably the last generation which was primarily breastfed in the United States. Formula became insanely popular and the “in thing” (only poor people BF in the 50-70s) after the war. Now regardless of health issues, I believe that is a factor as well but I have no data, I would dare to suggest that the “me” generation and definitely some of the problems in our society for the last 50 years is due to a lack of trust. And although it may be a small part of it, I believe the lack of breastfeeding, the lack of that bonding time with their mothers made a difference. I also believe Dr. Spock’s ridiculously terrible and incorrect book made an impact as well in regards to the trust issue (letting kids cry themselves to sleep, less nurturing, no co-sleeping etc…) but that’s another issue.
So to me it’s more than just about milk… it’s about what is best for baby and best for mom… and possibly best for our society as well.