Shaming a mother for breastfeeding in public just isn’t on — under any circumstances. Many mums who find themselves being attacked for carrying out such a normal, natural act don’t know how to react, beyond feeling massively embarrassed.
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But one British mum had a unique response to a woman who asked her to stop breastfeeding in public. In a post shared on the Dartford Gossip Facebook page, the anonymous shamer wrote an open letter of complaint to “the lady in Dartford Park who thought it was appropriate to breastfeed her baby whilst my child and very easily distracted husband sat nearby.”
The woman said she asked the nursing mum to go somewhere private and was shocked when the mum told her in no uncertain terms where to go. Oh, and she made sure she got her point across by accompanying her words with a generous squirt of breast milk.
Some people might consider the mother’s reaction a little extreme, but really, can we blame her for being angry? She has every right to breastfeed her child in a public place without being ordered to stop by a complete stranger. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with breastfeeding in public — and all kinds of wrong with those who think it’s in any way inappropriate.
The anonymous woman who took such offence at a hungry baby being fed seems to be missing the real problem here: the fact that her husband has a wandering eye and likes to perv over a woman nursing her baby.
If the woman who ended up with breast milk in her face was looking for sympathy, she’ll be sorely disappointed. Of the hundreds of comments left on her Facebook post, an overwhelming majority were in support of the nursing mother. In fact, she’s become something of a local hero.
The Equality Act 2010 made it illegal for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place, such as a café, shop or public transport.
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