Hi all, sorry for the tardiness in the posts, but those with children will know the time consuming nature of the task!
Anyway today an amazing thing happened to me and I mean amazing in a ‘not very nice’ way. Our whole family went to Pizza Hut to sample the delights of pizza and unlimited salad at around 5pm. We had been there for over an hour and I was breastfeeding my little 5 month old boy, very discreetly I may add with nothing but my forearms showing! We then heard a woman come over and say,” That is disgusting! This is a restaurant you know .” Anyway initially I was a bit bemused and made a funny face at my husband, she proceeded to say again,” its disgusting” and then started to walk. That definitely got my attention and I said to her , well its perfectly natural,you are being quite rude by coming up to us and my husband also echoed this comment.As she continued to mutter, I got very angry and asked her to call the police if she thought it was an offence and we would see! She left muttering, and I was so cross and angry . Both my husband and myself were really disgusted ourselves at this lady’s rude behaviour ,especially as my 4 year old daughter was sitting there whilst this was going on. Is this the message that we want to pass on to our children, that feeding them breastmilk is an abnormal situation?
This really does outline how backwards a proportion of the British population is in regards to breastfeeding. And we dare to call ourselves a ‘developed nation’? I kept mulling over this lady’s behaviour long after it had happened, and surprisingly this is the first time this had happened to me. I have breastfed in all kinds of places, with no problems whatsoever. I don’t ask permission , do those who bottle feed their babies ask permission? I am not a ‘breastfeeding nazi’ , as some brand those who are pro- breastfeeding, and I am feeding my son one bottle of formula milk a day , so am not against formula feeding whatsoever. But when are we going to get to the stage, as some Scandinavian countries, where breastfeeding is totally protected by law, not ‘at the discretion of the manager’ and where over 90% of the population continues breastfeeding after 6 months. Certainly not if we still have ignorant people like that woman and it will also put off women who already feel shy and uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public.
I give kudos to those who were involved in the breastfeeding flash mob this year at Paddington station:(Beware those who are of a prudish nature- boobs are present!)
Now I will have to pummel some sort of soft pillow to get rid of all that anger!!!