Despite the clear health benefits of breastfeeding for babies, mothers still face challenges and discrimination on feeding their infants in public.
No mothers could deny the thirst and hunger fangs of babies and just breastfeed them confidently even in public. But today, many people frown upon mothers breastfeeding their children in public because of indecent exposure.
According to the article wrote by a public health specialist Mary-Ann G. Schreiner entitled, “Involving fathers for healthy families”, breastfeeding especially in low-income countries is an uptake for child feeding practices.
“Research cites poor government policies, limited community support and aggressive formula marketing as contributing factors. The social and economic barriers to exclusive breastfeeding in low-income countries have been assessed with gender inequality, social influence and traditional practices shown to hinder feeding practices,” she writes.
With that being said, one mother breastfeeding in public allegedly “squirted her boob” at a woman who told her to move somewhere private because it distracts her husband. The incident happened in a park in Dartford, Kent, later posted on social media.
“To the lady in Dartford park who thought it was appropriate to breastfeed her baby whist my child and very easily distracted husband sat nearby.”
“I don’t think it was necessary for you to react the way you did just because I asked you to go somewhere private, telling me to f*** off and squirting me with your boobs was incredibly uncalled for. I hope you are ashamed of yourself!”
The post earned various reactions, especially from breast-feeding mothers. The NHS England website advised parents:
“You shouldn’t ever be made to feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public. In fact, the Equality Act 2010 has made it illegal for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place, such as a cafe, shop or public transport.”
Source: Daily Mail