Breastfeeding pods spark debate about whether they are creating more problems then they are solving.
Built to give nursing mums privacy, a recent thread on Mumsnet, gave an insight into how women really feel about the invention.
“Saw this at Miami Airport. What do we think about locking breastfeeding women in cupboards? I think it is a bit weird and sad,” noted one Mumsnet user, who shared a photo of the pod online on Sunday.
Comments were very divided over the need for such an invention.
“I hate this! Why can’t we just sit in a cafe?,” wrote one.
“Try making breastfeeding more acceptable in public and see whether breastfeeding pods are necessary,” wrote another.
“While I appreciate that some would be glad of this space, and not minimising personal feelings on experiences of public feeding, but I can’t help think patriarchal society hasn’t half done a number on women,” she wrote.
But many were actually in support.
“I had a baby with a tongue tie and latching problems. Had to get out my whole breast to feed in public and found it excruciating. I would have loved a pod like this for those early days,” wrote one mother.
“It’s by choice not force. Some people prefer to breastfeed in private, whether for religious reasons or personal preference,” said another.
“Well they aren’t locking breastfeeding women in a cupboard though are they?” another woman reasoned. “They are giving breastfeeding women the option to have a private space to breastfeed in if they choose to use it.”
“I would absolutely use it,” a woman posted. “My daughter is almost 2. She likes to unlatch so she can smile and wave at every single person walking past. When she was younger I was happy to feed wherever, whenever. But these days my nipples spend more time hanging out getting fresh air than in her mouth.”
Do you think they are necessary?
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