I had a question for the general public (here) and I'm hoping some of our female members offer their opinions on this subject.
My sisters were at a Christening this Saturday in a very small Serbian Orthodox Church. I know the Church very well and it has been around for about 60 years.
Connected to the Church's south wall (through a set of double doors) is a banquet area, used for functions and fundraisers etc...
Since the Church is so small, the connected hall is also quite tiny. I give you this info as a way of background of what transpired.
After the Christening, the parents of the child had refreshments in the hall area for the guests of the Christening (in total there were only about 15-20 people). The mother of the newly Christened child than nursed the child in the banquet area, a few short steps from the actual entrance of the Church. She did not cover herself while nursing, but felt it appropriate to nurse while "exposed' so to speak.
This was done in plain view of all, including the Priest.
No one had a problem with it, but when I was told about the situation, I was really bothered by it.
My wife and I had our first about 16 months ago and she nursed for about 7 months, so I understand the difficulties facing nursing Moms, but both my wife and I felt this was inappropriate behavior, especially considering that she was a few feet from entrance to the Church.
Am I wrong, or is this a perfectly acceptable practice?
I'd also like to point out that there are small "office like" rooms available for privacy, which I'm sure would have been made available to her, if she so desired. I'm not trying to rip on a nursing Mom, but wasn't this a bit over the top?