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Muslim women and breast feeding

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Loobyloo1902 Sun 03-Jul-11 21:19:41

This is just a curious query but do the more coyly dressed Muslim women BF in public? I'm not looking for too many details, just curious about how they do it...


RitaMorgan Sun 03-Jul-11 21:28:21

Lots of muslim mums near me breastfeed at toddler groups.

winnybella Sun 03-Jul-11 21:29:55

Yes, I see lots at the children's park.

Chaotica Sun 03-Jul-11 21:38:04

Common here too.

I also found it easier to bf in public in a mainly muslim country than here.

KD0706 Sun 03-Jul-11 21:48:17

My mum used to live in Palestine and she says the women over there bf in public as a matter of course. It sounds from what she says like they are much more tolerant of it over there than they are in the uk (or I suppose more accurately, than some people in the uk)

VeronicaCake Sun 03-Jul-11 21:51:04

Yes. One of the first times I breastfed in public a Muslim woman wearing a niqaab stopped me to say how nice it was to see a baby breastfeeding and she'd breastfed all 3 of hers, and loved the fact it was so convenient to feed them whenever they needed to be fed.

In Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding she mentions how in countries where a woman having her hair or even face uncovered in public is frowned upon public breastfeeding is still acceptable. Which shows how culturally specific our hang-ups about breastfeeding in public are.

Loobyloo1902 Sun 03-Jul-11 22:48:50

That's all really interesting, thanks to everyone that took the time to post.

LL x

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