If anyone is asked to stop feeding their baby in public, it really probably won't be me. A few times lately, someone has looked like they are about to say something and then walked off very quickly looking worried. I must be sending out very strong don't-mess-with-mama waves.
The truth of it is, I'm concious when I nurse in public that much of the current mood is pretty anti breastfeeding mothers. There is an image of these pushy wierdos who WANT to nurse in public as much as possible, who enjoy the attention and want to be in everyone's faces... Unfortunately my natural response to having that idea overlaid onto my motives is that my motives change. I now sit there thinking, "Go on, challenge me, I DARE you..."
Not that I nurse the baby more often than I would usually. Or seek out somewhere MORE visible to do it. But the moment I unselfconciously go to feed her, awareness strikes. It wasn't always like this. Now, however, I am itching for a fight. Go on, challenge me. Let's test out this crappy legal protection, let's see how it works out with someone who will fight.
Sadly, it won't be me. It will be some terrified first time mum who has never dared nurse in public before. It will be someone who will be quietly mortified and believe that they are at fault for feeding that hungry baby...