It must be an April thing, because last year at this time, we asked the question, Should Couples Hold Hands in Church?
Now we want to look at a question which is often a hot button issue in some churches, that of mothers nursing their babies in the church auditorium or sanctuary. So just to be clear let’s make some definitions:
- This would be happening as a worship service is in progress
- We’re assuming a certain amount of modesty is in place; there is an attempt to use discretion and keep everything as covered-up as possible. (Or is that the problem where you attend? Are some moms simply not attempting enough covering?)
- The woman in question is not sitting in the front row serving as a distraction to the pastor or worship team. (Unless, again, that’s the problem; though it’s hard to believe anyone would actually do this.)
- There are no children or (especially) teens who might be overly distracted by the very hint of this. (Middle school boys are at an age where boobs are an obsession.)
- The baby is not fussing, crying or providing any type of audio distraction. (Think of Maggie on The Simpsons.)
- There isn’t a room for this purpose (ideally with opaqued glass) off to the side of the auditorium.
- The mom isn’t a visitor (unless that’s specific to a problem with this at your church) so she’s been around the church for years and knows the drill.
Does that cover it? (No pun intended.)
So what do you think? Are there options that would allow for this, or is it a definite “no” as far you’re concerned?
Has there been a shift on this over the last few years in your church?
And where am I gonna find a picture for this article?
The question, just to be clear, is: Do you consider breastfeeding in church appropriate or inappropriate? Is this a divisive issue where you worship?