We live in a very strange world, a world where it’s deemed ok to look at women in magazines and newspapers with very little on yet its frowned upon for a mother to breastfeed in public.
For a mother to breastfeed her young child is a natural thing and they shouldn’t be made to feel guilty or made to hideaway while they do it.
My partner and I have never been in the position to have to deal with negative comments from people in public due to us hardly going out when we had Alyssa and due to a major scare with Mia we didn’t breastfeed her at all. But we have been out with friends who’ve breastfed in public and a couple of times a well know coffee chain actually told her to stop. Not wanting to make a scene we decided not to make a scene and she had actually finished feeding, but why do they feel the need to stop her?
Why do some people feel the need to try and stop mothers feeding their babies when we have to listen to them on the phone or swearing to their friends? What’s the difference between a natural thing and guy’s ogling over the latest Page 3?
It seems that other countries are even worse than here, whenever we’ve travelled around Europe the public aren’t so polite when they see someone breastfeeding and we’ve actually seen them almost shout at a mother and demand she leaves the restaurant or coffee shop.
Maybe things aren’t as bad as they used to be and things have moved on a lot since Alyssa was born 5 years ago. Nowadays you will notice that places either have a feeding area for mothers or you will see places proudly showing off the ‘Breastfeeding Friendly’ sign and this can only be a positive thing and hopefully people will no longer feel the need to hideaway when feeding.
As a father seeing a new-born baby being breastfed has never produced negative thoughts and it’s never put me off my food or drink as other customers have said, never have I wanted to ask that person to stop. Don’t be so rude.
Remember breastfeeding is natural and don’t feel ashamed.
What are your views on breastfeeding in public?