The baby stirs. Opens her tiny mouth. Starts… what was the word again?
Oh! Right. Rooting. When they’re hungry. That’s it.
The woman starts to undo her shirt. Then her bra. She takes out her breast and the baby eagerly starts to eat.
OK dude. Now what?
I’m a fan of breastfeeding in general. I don’t think anyone should be pressured into doing it but I believe that it’s healthy for the baby, and if the mother is able to do it, that’s great. I also believe that women should be able to breastfeed wherever they want. (Maybe not on a Broadway stage while the show is going on, or even in the audience of the theater while the show is going on. But the lower lobby? Sure.) So this isn’t about that.
The question is, which is more offensive? Looking? Or looking away?
I don’t have an answer, so I’m curious what our readers think. In general it seems rude to head for ze hills as soon as the little one starts her liquid lunch. On the other hand, if I’m standing and the woman is seated, it’s difficult to talk to her without seeing her breast. Which in any other situation is considered quite rude. This isn’t a sexual thing. I don’t think breastfeeding is hot, or inappropriate, or anything of that sort. At the same time I don’t know how a woman feels about being on display like that. Or even if they feel on display at all.
So. Help me out here! What’s the right thing to do?