Reader Survey: Let's Get Real About Breastfeeding

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Tell us how you feel about breastfeeding.

Public breastfeeding has certainly been a hot topic of late, with everyone from celebrities to the general public sharing their feelings about how seeing a mother breastfeed her child out in the open makes them feel.  Some think public breastfeeding is okay if done discreetly; others believe it’s okay on a park bench but not in a restaurant booth.  Some folks shudder at the idea of any sort of mammary exposure.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “44 percent of women feel uncomfortable with public breastfeeding.”

Since August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and – per the Wall Street Journal – “the percentage of women who breast-feed is well below public-health goals,” I thought it was time we polled our readers about their approach to breastfeeding in an effort to have an honest, open and hopefully revealing conversation on the subject.

The New York Times blog “The Local,” which covers the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill areas of Brooklyn, is polling readers to determine where the most breastfeeding-friendly spots are in the nabe.  Take our Babble reader survey at Zoomerang and let us know how and where you feed your baby – bottle-feeders welcome.  Results will appear at the end of the survey, and I’ll recap them in a post on Monday.