breastfeeding in public
I am a feminist. Of course I am. The OED defines feminism as the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. So how could I not be? Do I think women and men are equal? Well, obviously. Do I think legal rights and social norms should reflect that equality? Well, again, yes, of course I do. As, surely, do the vast, vast majority of men and women.
A café owner has been forced to apologise after putting a sign in the window - asking mums to breastfeed in the disabled
Feeling slightly inadequate or left out is normal. You may sense that you are missing something special, by not being able to feed the baby. You might experience a perceived (or real) loss of intimacy, as your lover's role is reframed... So, it is helpful to know there are many ways you can 'breastfeed' the baby!
Alanis Morissette has posted one of the best celebrity breastfeeding pictures to kickstart support for World Breastfeeding
I wrote to Blackpool Council, incensed that I hadn't been simply moved on. The fact I was feeding at the time had magnified events and my humiliation. It's ironic, I thought, that Blackpool Council professes to encourage breastfeeding... While I waited for a response from the council (which I still haven't got directly) I became more indignant. The rude parking warden, his lack of sympathy and my own feelings of vulnerability and violation over the photos he took underlined how breastfeeding in public was a near impossible ask.
The United Kingdom has one of the lowest rates of breast feeding in Europe with the latest statistics for England stating that while 73% of new mothers initiate breastfeeding the number rapidly declines to 45% by 6-8 weeks. What on earth is happening between birth and two months of age to warrant such a significant drop?
The UK has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world and when we think about it, it's not rocket science to understand why that may be.
Breastfeeding Flashmob Descends On Cafe After Waitress Tells Mother 'Don't Come Back With Your T*** Out Again'
Kelly Schaecher (foreground in purple top) leads the flashmob after her humiliating experience More than 250 mothers descended
Facebook's action puts photographs of breastfeeding in the same category as pornographic pictures. But breastfeeding is not a sexy thing to do. I have also never seen a woman try to sexualise it. They are discreetly feeding their child.
A breastfeeding mum was reportedly banned from feeding her baby in a council office in case she upset Muslims.