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Breastfeeding in Public – Why is It So Taboo?

By Tempestra @tempestra1

Earlier this week, a breastfeeding mom was confronted by a group of middle-aged adults in a restaurant, and told she was putting them off their food.  The lady in question, Clare Jones-Hughes, had done all she could to ensure discretion but these small-minded people took offense and asked her to stop.  So bravo to Clare, who, in response, set up a protest where 40 other mothers joined her to breastfeed their infants in one of Brighton’s busiest shopping streets.  She has at least gained some publicity for the incident and I hope it will make more people realize that this is a completely natural thing for a mother to do.  Breasts aren’t just for sex and sensuality.  In fact, when you’re a new mum, they become totally de-sexualised, believe me!Breastfeeding in public – why is it so taboo?

No, I am not a member of the “breastapo”.  I believe it’s up to each mother to decide how they wish to feed their baby, and if they choose to breastfeed, then that’s wonderful.  But there is still a terrible stigma attached to breastfeeding in public, and I just don’t understand it.  If a tiny baby needs feeding, what are you supposed to do, just let them scream?

I must confess, I felt really reticent about feeding in public with my son and only ever did it when I had no choice – like when I’d forgotten to pack a bottle.  I always felt intimidated, that people were staring, tutting and disapproving.  I wish I’d felt differently, really, but I was so, so conscious of how it seems to offend so many people.  I know I shouldn’t have cared what others think, and I only wish I’d been a bit braver – a bit more like Clare Jones-Hughes.

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