A mother breastfeeding her baby allegedly squirt milk from her breasts to a woman who asked her to go to somewhere private. The woman who was squirted with milk shared the incident on the Facebook page of Dartford Gossip page and the post caused outrage in the community’s group.
The post says:
“To the lady Dartford park who thought it was appropriate to breastfeed her baby whist my child and very easily distracted husband sat nearby,” I don’t think it was necessary for you to react the way you did just because I asked you to go somewhere private, telling me to f*ck off and squirting me with your boobs was incredibly uncalled for. I hope you are ashamed of yourself!”
Instead of support, the woman receives criticism about her attitude towards the mother. Anna Salmon commented, “Her reaction is not on but why shouldn’t she feed her baby in public? I would have had a few choice words for you if you had asked me to go else where. There is something wrong with people who think seeing someone breastfeeding is inappropriate.”
Jodie Allen commented, “Don’t take your insecurities on your husbands wandering eyes out on a mother feeding her baby. Grow up.”
Danille Stephens also commented, “You deserve what you got. If you don’t like it don’t look, if you don’t trust you husband deal with it. That woman was feeding her child and you interfered in her life, not the other way round.”
It is completely legal in England to breastfeed in public, and mothers are protected from discrimination under the law.
Guidance on the NHS England website tells parents:
“You shouldn’t ever be made to feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public. In fact, the Equality Act 2010 has made it illegal for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place, such as a cafe, shop or public transport.”
A recent law protects the rights of breastfeeding mothers, who cannot be discriminated against in public by being asked to leave cafes, shops or public transport.