Are you legally entitled to breastfeed anywhere? Is there an age limit on the child for this? I will be traveling to the UK soon and breastfeeding my 11 month old DS. I don't expect to encounter any bad reaction but if, for example I was asked to stop in a restaurant etc, I'd like to know if the law is on my side or not.
If you're allowed to take a baby in there, you're allowed to feed it. (Eg you can't demand to bf in a pub that doesn't allow children in anyway, but if they have let you in with the baby, they have to let you feed it. I know some people have problems but I think the majority in the UK are absolutely fine about this. I see women bf all the time in places like Starbucks.
The law that would apply in that situation is the 1975 sexual discrimination act. There's a full explanation here. You are unlikely to experience any problems though, I still feed 2.9yo DD1 in public and I've never had any problems. Enjoy your visit
Actually there's a more recent law - the equality act which covers England, Wales and NI. Companies are not allowed to treat you differently because you're breastfeeding (so not allowed to ask you to move elsewhere, stop you feeding, ask you to leave, etc etc). You are also protected under the indecent exposure act (BFing is specifically excluded so no one can say that you're exposing yourself).
In Scotland it's even stricter. It is a criminal offense for someone to try to stop you breastfeeding, as opposed to a civil offense to treat you differently. It's a subtle difference but in practise it's irrelevant because it's very, very rare to have a reaction here. Far more normal to get positive reactions or for people not to notice.
I checked laws too before I travelled to Canada! It always helps to arm yourself with information.
Organic- I think the Equalities Act only covers babies up until 6 months and then they are covered by the Sexual Discrimination Act. I did have it explained to me once, I think one would be a tribunal and one would be something else. Basically it would be easier to take someone to court under the Equalities Act. I don't know why they couldn't just make it for all children, not just up to 6 months Maybe someone with legal know-how could explain it (again )