In the UK it is illegal for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place.
Yet it still happens.
A survey by Start4Life found that 72% of people support women breastfeeding in public.
So why are women still being asked to cover up or move?
Taking offense to a woman breastfeeding in public ultimately comes down to not being able to get past the sexualisation of a pair of breasts.
Negative views on nursing have nothing to do with ‘decency’ or ‘modesty’ – words often used to justify someone’s opinion.
In the UK more than 73% of mothers breastfeed.
Benefits of breastfeeding include protection for your baby from infections and diseases, while also helping to prevent type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Nursing can also benefit the mother by lowering the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
You don’t have to look far to find accounts from women who have been asked to move, whilst nursing in public.
The NHS advises that: “The more it is seen, the more normal it will become”.
A mother was recently praised on her response to “cover up” whilst in a restaurant – she covered her own face.
The mother of two, who has shared her story in the hope that it will give other women confidence to breastfeed in public, was asked by another woman to cover up because her husband couldn’t stop staring.
But not all women have the confidence to reply in such a witty way and so are often confined to the toilets or a back room to feed their child.
With such a large percentage of mothers in the UK breastfeeding their babies it is a surprise that such views are still so active in the 21st century.