All the posts about moms in college and their children reminded me of one SS at grad school. Let's call her Jane.
Jane had a baby half-way through a 4 year PhD program. Jane was a very down to earth, back to basics type of person. So no one was really surprised that she brought her baby to campus every day. Jane was very adamant about cloth diapering and breastfeeding, to the point where she would corner other grad students or junior faculty who had small babies and nearly demand that they use cloth diapers and eliminate bottle feeding entirely.
Now, let me make it clear that I am pro-whatever-the-mom-wants-to-do when it comes to this. When I was a supervisor, I made sure that moms who worked under me had a quiet, warm, lockable room to pump in, instead of having to use the bathroom. It is completely the mother's choice and I would never, ever say anything to a mother about these issues. Please do not think that I'm against moms breastfeeding outside their homes.
There are many ways of breastfeeding discreetly in public. Jane did not believe in using any of these. In a class, while teaching a class, while leading a meeting, she would whip up her shirt or even take it off completely, sans bra, and start feeding the baby. *Everyone* was uncomfortable about this, not knowing where to look, because Jane exposed her entire bosom each and every time and left it exposed until the baby was done feeding.
In addition, our grad classes were three hours long. Most professors gave a 10 or 15 minute break in the middle. If Jane's child had a dirty diaper, Jane would not change the diaper until the break or until the class was over, whichever came first. Sometimes dirty diapers can smell.
Jane saw herself as an advocate for breastfeeding and cloth diapers. What she refused to realize is that she probably turned more people off these things because of the way she handled them than she could ever convert.
Students and fellow classmates and professors all complained about the exposure during the feeding and Jane was told to cover up or stop. She tried to take her protests further up the line, but to no avail. No one prevented her from feeding her baby; just from taking her shirt off while she did so. And she was told she either had to miss a few minutes of class time to change dirty diapers, or she could find someone to mind the child while she was in class.
And once the baby was about six months old and not sleeping as much, Jane was told that the baby was a disturbance in the classroom, because she kept making noise, and she had to find alternate arrangements for her. That took a lot of courage on the part of the department head, but he felt that he couldn't let one baby disrupt three classes. He owed it to the other students to do something.