5 GOOD REASONS TO BREASTFEED IN PUBLIC
You want good reasons to breastfeed in public? How long have you got? It seems crazy to be even having a conversation about this in 2020, but believe it or not, breastfeeding in public still carries with it a degree of controversy. Every day we see comments, blogs and tweets about this topic and amazingly it’s STILL dividing opinion. As you’ve probably guessed we are super-pro breastfeeding (in public or otherwise) so here are five very good reasons to breastfeed in public today.
1) IT NORMALIZES BREASTFEEDING
By nursing your baby in front of other people, it normalizes the already NORMAL biological function of breasts. The uncomfortable truth is that society has over-sexualised breasts, and it’s important that we don’t forget what breasts are actually for – nourishing babies!
2) YOU MAKE IT EASIER FOR OTHER MUMS TO FEED IN PUBLIC
A lot of first-time mums feel very apprehensive about their first foray into public breastfeeding. When you make the choice to breastfeed publicly you’re not only showing encouragement and support to those women, but you’re also giving a well-deserved eye roll to those who STILL find breastfeeding in public inappropriate. Groan!
3) YOU CAN STAY SOCIALLY ACTIVE
Why should you slope off to the corner or the room, or worse, a public toilet, every time baby wants a feed? Breastfeeding in public means that you can happily enjoy the company of friends and family while also nourishing your baby.
4) NEWBORNS NEED TO BE FED AT LEAST EVERY THREE HOURS
Each baby’s feeding pattern will vary, but in general most newborns breastfeed anywhere from every 90 minutes to three hours. For those out there who believe breastfeeding in public isn’t appropriate, does this mean a new mum should only be allowed out in public for 90 minutes at a time? Just saying.
5) IT’S YOUR RIGHT
Just so we’re clear, in the UK it is against the law for a business (such as a cafe or restaurant) to discriminate against a woman who is breastfeeding. It is also your legal right to breastfeed in public spaces such as parks and on beaches.