Hugh Grant

star had no idea she was nursing

A scripted moment? A publicity stunt? Nope! A recent photo shows Hugh Grant visibly uncomfortable standing next to a breastfeeding mama, and it just happened to be one of those ‘right place at the wrong time’ moments.

Hugh Grant recently visited an establishment called The Castle Inn (a pub) in Dover, England, and in the midst of chatting with the owner, Paul McMulland, became visibly embarrassed when greeting Paul’s girlfriend -- because he didn’t realize at first that she was nursing their young baby, Sebastian.

A photo op

The baby’s mother, Natalie, was sitting on the sofa, breastfeeding her baby, when Hugh Grant came over and introduced himself. She said that he had no idea she was nursing her little boy and only realized it when her arm jostled the baby loose when he attempted to shake her hand. He apologized, turned red and promptly faced the other way.

They then turned the situation into an impromptu photo op, with Sebastian happily nursing away (he apparently wasn’t finished with his meal yet) while Hugh hovers somewhat awkwardly by her side. He does, however, get points for being a good sport -- despite his obvious discomfort.

Nursing in public

Breastfeeding in public continues to be a battlefront of sorts for moms everywhere, with discrimination taking place in cities all over the globe. In the US, most states have specific laws protecting the rights of nursing mothers, and many businesses also have established rules for their employees to follow if there are any situations, such as complaints, that arise as the result of a mother nursing her little one. In general, mothers are allowed to nurse their children anywhere they are legally allowed to be, whether that place be public or private.

However, there continue to be issues with moms being told to cover up, go to another area (such as a restroom) or even leave the premises entirely when they are discovered to be breastfeeding their babies.

So, while Hugh Grant’s reaction isn’t unusual, the photo is in a sense -- although he was possibly embarrassed because he strode up to her and tried to shake her hand without the first clue that she was nursing. Which gives weight to the argument that you honestly can rarely tell if a mom is breastfeeding in public unless you’re really right up in her business.

Image credit: WENN

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Comments on "Hugh Grant poses in awkward breastfeeding photo"

Kristi November 21, 2012 | 4:34 PM

LDawg- Keep your ignorance to yourself. If you can't understand something, that is no one else's problem, but yours. As a Parent, your first priority is your child. News flash- children have to eat and you don't make them wait! We all eat in public. Babies should be able to, in peace, too. If you ever see a Mother nursing in public, do us all a favor and put a blanket over your head!

Jessica November 21, 2012 | 4:04 PM

Amber, LDawg (classy...) may be into the finer arts of heating his own fecal matter. We don't know. We shouldn't judge... Pfffhahahaha!

Debbie November 21, 2012 | 2:37 PM

I breastfeed in public all the time without a cover because my son refuses it and has since 4 months. I'm not ashamed of it and if people actually watch, it's their fault for not looking away. People that compare doing other "natural" things in public (such as defecation or masturbation) are sick and twisted individuals and have no sense of what is truly natural to do anywhere you are. Breastfeeding was the only way of feeding a baby before formula and bottles were invented. Mother's didn't stay home and hide from the world to keep people from staring. I would gladly pose for a photo while nursing my son or the new baby that will be here next year. It was Hugh's option to stand there. He put his discomfort aside long enough to stay there for the photo op. People that have issues with NIP just need to suck it up. If you didn't actually stare at a nursing mom or were standing right next to her, you would have no idea that's what she was even doing.

Amber November 21, 2012 | 12:52 PM

Did you really compare defecation to breastfeeding?

LDawg November 21, 2012 | 12:47 PM

I really don't understand why some women insist on everyone watching them do something that's private. I get that it's natural and sometimes your child needs to eat on the go, but put a blanket over yourself. Pooping is natural and you don't see people doing it in public, right? Erg. Sorry. This puts me on my soap box. That said, I think she should have put her kid down and covered up before taking the photo.

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