V'Darashta VChakarta: Feeding Your Baby In A Bathroom?
Rav Aharon Yehuda HaLevi Grossman was asked (V'Darashta VChakarta 4:42:7) if it is proper for nursing mother's who bring their infants to weddings to nurse them in the bathroom, for the sake of tznius?
The issur to bring food into a bathroom is not brought down anywhere in the gemara or poskim. In fact the Ohr L'Tziyon even says that the Ruach Ra in the bathroom is only in the toilet itself and not in the whole room. The mekor for not bringing food into the bathroom is from the Be'er Heitev (OC 3:2:2) who says that you may not speak while in the bathroom and certainly nor eat. However in this case, says Rav Grossman, there are four reasons to be Meikel.
First, the infant is too young for chinuch to apply. Second, the food does not go through the bathroom, as it goes straight from the mother to the baby. Third, our bathrooms our not like the bathrooms discussed in halacha, since the system we use keeps them clean from unclean things. Last, because of the need for tznius there is reason to be lenient.
Important Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of ourability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Pleasealso understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on thistopic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.