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ESSENCE Poll: How Do You Feel About Breastfeeding in Public?

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Just because you're carrying a few extra pounds doesn't make you any less beautiful. You may be surprised at how your body settles into a new shape post-baby even with extra weight. "I actually have people who tell me I look better now than I did before the baby and I weigh more now," says Bradford. "I've been walking a lot and toning, but my body shape looks different. I'm almost 10 pounds heavier now but I'm getting all these compliments!"  If your body is a little curvier than you're used to, keep working at it while enjoying life as a new mom in the meantime.

Breastfeeding in public still remains a controversial topic for some—much to the dismay of most moms.

With August being declared National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, the act has been highly publicized. Out of that movement has come another: Black Breastfeeding Week. Starting today through Sunday, August 31, women and men everywhere will be "celebrating Black families—their beauty, power and ability to support healthier babies and healthier moms through breastfeeding." With a bunch of online conversations, community-based events and social media love, the first annual week, created by three Black women, is sure to get some attention.

Do you support this initiative? How do you feel about breastfeeding in public? 

QUESTION:
How do you feel about breastfeeding in public?
It's natural so women should be allowed to do it in public.
77%
It should only be done in private.
23%
Total votes: 365