Thursday, 4 March 2010


This was not the post that I was going post today but I just so angry and what better way at expressing that anger then via my blog.

The lovely Amy over at And 1 More Means Four twittered a daily mail article , which out of curiosity I read. Manager sprayed air freshener at me after I started breastfeeding in his charity shop.

Oh how I shouldn't, it really gets my blood boiling ready about these kinda stories, it was the only the other week a woman got kicked off a bus for breastfeeding . Well this week a Woman who choose to breastfeed her child in a charity shop gets sprayed with air freshener as apparently her milk smells and that she was not allowed to feed her child in store.

You would expect a charity shop to be more understanding and I think the fact this man poked his head round a changing cubicle where this woman was going to be trying on clothes is a criminal offense itself. Violating a woman's right to privacy whilst getting dressed and then violating her right to feed her hungry child. Just wrong. WRONG! Grrrhhh!

I've talked about bottle feeding/breastfeeding before and I explained how I couldn't/didn't breastfeed. But I will certainly try breastfeeding again when the next child comes along.

I dont know if your like me and like to read other people's view on these kinda stories and scroll to the bottom where you can see them. Of course there's people that see sense and are understanding and say say in there comments. But then there's those horrid comments, you click on that little tab worst voted and then your faced with some mean spirited people who obviously have nothing better to do then slate breastfeeding women...

Some women use 'breast-feeding' as an excuse, so that they can expose themselves in public.
Why can't they confine breast-feeding to their homes, and just give the kid bottled milk when they're out in shops, on buses, etc?

I know that they reckon that it's a 'natural' thing to do ... but there are a lot of 'natural things' that people aren't allowed to do in public, because of the likelihood of causing offense.

The only mistake was the man looking into the changing room. This breast feeding in public be it in a charity shop, on a bus or anywhere else should simply not be allowed. If a woman revealed her breasts in public under normal circumstances she would likely as not be arrested for indecent behaviour. There is no difference between the 2. Political correctness yet again raises its ugly head. - Pip Waller, North Yorkshire, 4/3/2010 8:31

Dear Pip

Firstly , Then man made TWO MISTAKES. (Being a peeping tom & a being total dick towards a breastfeeding woman) and secondly YES IT IS ALLOWED.
There certainly is a big difference between the two , Yes I agree with you - a woman getting her assets out in public for NO REASON is wrong and yes may result in being arrested for indecent behavior. But when a Woman gets them out to FEED her child , there is no offense in it at all. You must have your own issues if you get offended by a woman giving her child vital nutrients and goodness.

Well it does have an unpleasant smell for sure. For goodness sake young mums plan your day better - why choose to exhibit yourselves in public ?

- Michael , Oxford , 3/3/2010 23:34

Dear Michael

I have sat next to lots of breastfeeding Woman , and I can tell you it doesn't smell. But so what if it did? Surely people can overlook that and see what the Woman is doing for her child? If you Micheal were to be sat next to me on the bus/train and smelt highly of B.O , I would be a nice person and just put up with it (unless I was to see you everyday for a long period of time and then words would just have to be had!).
Young Mums I hear you say? Just had to chuck that in.. And the difference between young Mums and breastfeeding? NOTHING .. apart from young mums do breastfeed , so why chuck that in? Why dont you go and join Jan Moir's little group, your get on well with her.
P.S The Mother talked about in this story is 32 so I'm still confused where the young mum bit comes into play?!

I could carry on all day replying to these selfless mean people. Why cant they just accept that breastfeeding is NORMAL , it is NATURAL , it is GOOD for the baby/child and it certainly ISN'T WRONG!!!