I have a rather awkward situation I'd like some guidance on. I recently hosted a birthday party at my house. One of the couples invited brought along their very adorable infant. In the middle of the party, my friend sat on the couch to breastfeed. For the record, I have no problem with breastfeeding. What I do have a bit of an issue with is how this specific instant was handled. She lifted up her top entirely and exposed both breasts to the entire party, before deciding which breast she'd feed from, and subsequently covering that breast up.
There were some people there she knew, some people there she didn't. When she sat on the couch topless, conversations came to an awkward halt. The men in the room became noticeably uncomfortable. Some men moved into a different room, others kinda gawked. When the baby was done, she once again just sat there on the couch with her breast exposed while she cleaned him up.
After the couple left, a number of people came up to me asking "what was up with that" and telling me they felt extremely uncomfortable and "would have appreciated a warning." I didn't know what to say, and simply said I was sorry that they felt uncomfortable.
I'm wondering what to do about this, if anything. I do not have children and have no idea if this is normal behavior. I do feel like it could have been handled better since it was mixed company. She could have asked to go to another room upstairs, or used a blanket or something while sitting in the living room. Or just not sat on the couch completely topless initially. This was probably the most extreme way for this situation to unfold.
Does anyone have insight into this? Should I speak to her about it or let it go? And what do I do if this happens again?
Thanks a ton for your feedback.