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I watched a morning program and there was a segment about a ‘set up’ argument about breast feeding on a train. The actors portrayed a breast feeding mum and a disgruntled passenger, unhappy about the woman breast feeding in public. I was so impressed with another passenger that stepped up and stepped in to defend the woman’s right to breastfeed her baby in public. The passenger was unaware that it was a set up and that he was being filmed. There have been so many articles and segments about women be vilified for breast feeding their babies, that I just had to share a good news story about breast feeding!


Posted anonymously, 8th January 2016


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  • Isn’t it awful how mums are shamed for doing one of the most natural things in the world?! Some mums feel uncomfortable enough baring it all as it is without being targeted this way. Great to see a story showing a different side

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  • I wish people would stop being so judgmental and allow women to make their own choices about how to raise their children, including whether or not they wish to breastfeed in public.

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  • We definitely need to normalise breastfeeding… it is the natural source of food for our babies, why do people think it is ok to shame that. Glad the program did a confronting piece like this.

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  • I remembered many years ago my sister in law’s baby started to go hungry while we were having yumcha at a crowded restaurant and she said do you mind if I breast feed as baby is crying , but I don’t have anything to cover myself properly . So I said there is nothing much you can do , as she is screaming and very hungry just do it . So right by a window and a crowded chinese restaurant she calmed down after a good feed. As a mother no one wants to starve their babies , so there will be a time when you don’t have a choice and you don’t want to have a distressed baby . At that time the toilets had no chair of facility to feed so she had to do it in the open .

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  • It can be awkward in really close conditions (like trains), but hey, it’s natural. For some people, at least.

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  • Nice to hear this. Breastfeeding in public is something I did a lot (due to travelling a lot over the first year of bubs life). Whilst no one ever commented, some were clearly uncomfortable, especially men on aeroplanes.

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  • I think people need to be more tolerant of people breastfeeding in public. Babies need to eat and as most parents know, its when they say not when its convenient. We were out a couple of months ago and this poor mum was trying to settle her baby and prepare herself to breastfeed all while trying to cover herself in case anyone was offended by her breastfeeding. I really felt for the mum, I don’t think she needed the added pressure.


    • yes well i would cover up too but i think that it should be a woman’s choice also, if they choose to or not. i just felt more discreet by covering up and i did try to minimise the need to have to do this in public.

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  • yeah i hate how people think that they have the right to voice their “disgust”.
    should those mother’s be disgusted that they were just “se.xualised” and judged?

    back off, it is the law!

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  • That’s so good. Do you have the link to the video? Did they ever publish it?


    • The segment was on the Sunrise morning program.

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  • I read that story too on FB. It was great that so many people was actively supporting the breast feeding mum (actress). I like the fact that more and more of the general public are standing up to the bullies when they see some injustice happening.


    • The public/community do need stand up and it keeps my faith in people alive when I see these acts.

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