In many cities, laws permit women to go topless. So why should it seem over the top for a mom to bare her mammaries in public?
Breast-feeding expert Dr. Sharon Mass, an obstetrician in private practice in Morristown, N.J., says being discreet "is not mandatory but it would be a courtesy" if others might be offended by seeing a glimpse of breast.
Does it warp kids to see mom making her daily milk deliveries?
Many mothers are wary, but breast-feeding advocates say there's no evidence of any harm. Far from it. In fact, seeing a mom nurse her child "helps teach children that breast-feeding is normal," says breast-feeding expert Dr. Sharon Mass, an obstetrician in private practice in Morristown, N.J.
One child to benefit was Dr. Mass's own 3-year-old son. Before he understood how things worked, he asked her "if milk came out of one side and juice the other."
The law in many states says moms have the right to breast-feed their children at the dinner table, but is a public restaurant really the best place for mother's milk?
Advocates say serve it up, but some doctors worry that if a mom has an infectious illness like HIV, her breast milk can spread the infection to others. So, moms should be careful to keep breast milk off surfaces.
Whatever you do, remember to tip your waiter well.
Pumps are popular in the workplace, and that goes for breast pumps as well as high heels. Doctors say pumping breast milk is a good option when moms can't bring baby to work. But that doesn't mean all her office mates have gotten the memo.
Also, breast-feeding experts recommend against pumping in the company bathroom, which might be too germy.
Well-meaning moms often retreat to the nearest bathroom to breast-fed their babies, but doctors say the only spigots that should be tapped in a bathroom are the ones attached to the sink. Why? Because bathrooms are often filled with nasty disease-causing germs.
Better for mom to catch hell for breast-feeding in public than for junior to catch a cold.