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In the news: MPS back right to bf in public

(11 Posts)
Papillon Thu 16-Jun-05 19:16:28


Its not UK based but I am kiwi and proud

hercules Thu 16-Jun-05 19:18:07

Chuffed Fri 17-Jun-05 11:20:27

papillon I read this and what blew me away was that only 23% fed till 4-6mths????

footprint Fri 17-Jun-05 11:21:48

I can't believe that someone was "mooed at"!!!

Chuffed Fri 17-Jun-05 11:43:15

A friend went from London to NZ earlier in the year and said she felt so much more uncomfortable bf in public there than here although nothing like that happened - it was just a feeling she got.

Papillon Fri 17-Jun-05 11:44:46

YEs Chuff that did part did not make me proud... so many women return to work quickly though I guess. my sis works part time and bf her 21 month old once a day before work

footprint... traditionally a land of farmers!

Chuffed Fri 17-Jun-05 11:47:05

I'm a kiwi too and I do think it is good that this will become 'official' but going back next year with a 4mth old I'm a bit worried about the 'comfort' level.

Papillon Fri 17-Jun-05 12:25:57

I bf my dd frequently on plane and while in NZ - she was 16 months then. I think NZers can be prudes ... small country, too easy to put your nose in others peoples lives. Think of public bf as educating the misbegotten

I wonder if alot of the reason for the low percentage is alot of Maori and Pacific islands women have their babies young. Also it is quite common for the grandparents to take the kids... so bottle feeding means they can leave the babies with the whanau. My SIL is married to a East Coast family and they want to take her boy for 3 weeks (he is 22 months) She is not keen. They are amazed when their daughter leave their babies for afew weeks at 3 weeks!

Chuffed Fri 17-Jun-05 12:45:53

never had problems on planes and did 2 trips back before dd was 11mths but the first trip being winter we weren't really bf out at cafe's etc and most people don't mind in their house, the second time I was only doing am and pm and but I did tend to remove myself if I was at a bbq or something to a spare room, just felt I 'had' to if that makes sense. Hopefully this will bring things out in the open a bit more so all will be OK when I get back.

beansmum Fri 17-Jun-05 12:50:15

yay for scotland!(little mention at the bottom of the article) Was surprised that scotland was mentioned though, is it the only place that has made it an offence not to let a woman bf?

chipmonkey Fri 17-Jun-05 13:45:02

Here in Ireland, under an equality act passed in 2000, its illegal to prevent someone from bf in a public place and a manager/owner of an establishment is legally boung to prevent people from being harassed while bf. I have to say, people have always been very understanding when I have bf in public here.

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