Breastfeeding

New mothers are encouraged to breastfeed for a minimum of six months, but may find that attitudes to breastfeeding in public, or in the workplace, are censorious and off-putting. Negotiating this minefield requires sensitivity and flexibility.

While as a mother you may feel that you have an absolute right to breastfeed wherever you choose, you will probably find you have an easier time if you are not aggressive about yourrights, and remember that some people (especially the older generation) are uncomfortable about the whole issue. It is possible to breastfeed discreetly, using specially adapted clothing, scarves or shawls to minimise self-exposure. It is also possible to choose locations that are a little out of the public eye.

If a mother has made an effort to breastfeed discreetly, she deserves to be treated with tact and sensitivity. Do not stare, or pass comment, or give her disapproving looks. She has made concessions to you; now you must reciprocate.

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