Wow, do you guys ever get off the couch and off your laptops? I spend a lot of time online, but Jesus on a cracker.
I've skimmed most posts here and saw Kevin semi-quote me.
Speaking from the view of a lactation specialist, no, I was no shocked by the woman who felt weird breastfeeding. We do not live in a breastfeeding friendly culture and have not since about the 1930s. People can have all kinds of reasons or excuses not to breastfeed.
Also, Kevin, you semi-quoted me as saying some Middle Eastern women do not know whether it's OK to breastfeed in public or not. I am not an expert on expectations about breastfeeding in the Middle East. There are many cultures in the Middle East, and then other cultures that are Muslim but not Middle Eastern. I expect things vary by country, and things are different in traditional villages as opposed to big cities.