Happy Herbs is offering brest feeding mothers a quiet place to feed. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
Happy Herbs is offering brest feeding mothers a quiet place to feed. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards GLA080416FEED

Safe space for breastfeeding mums in Gladstone

For mums who want to breastfeed, doing so in public has been an agonizing task.

Mother, Bree MacDonald, says she is really uncomfortable breastfeeding and tries to avoid being out during her son, Jackson's, feeding time.

"We sat in a café for two hours and went to a park afterwards to breastfeed," Miss McDonald said.

However, Gladstone mothers now have a safe space to feed their babies and enjoy a relaxing cup of tea.

The Happy Herb Shop are providing mothers with a place to comfortably breast feed or bottle feed at their Toolooa Street store.

Do you feel comfortable breast feeding in public?

This poll ended on 14 April 2016.

Current Results

Yes, I've never had any troubles with bystanders.

60%

No I try to avoid doing it in public.

40%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

In an attempt to remove the stigma around breastfeeding in public, store manager Hannah Watts said that mothers are able to go to the store to feed, change nappies and have a cup of caffeine free tea.

Miss Watts advertised the offer on The Happy Herb Shop's Facebook page on Monday which has since reached 17,843 users.

Elanie Stringer, said it is great to have somewhere that not only supports breastfeeding mothers, but also advertises a space for her and her son, Elijah, to go and relax.

"It's nice to be invited and not just tolerated," Miss Stringer said.

The Happy Herb Shop creates spaces for people to sit and relax, but decided to extend the invite to breastfeeding mothers due to the ongoing controversy surrounding parenting matters in public spaces.

Miss Watts said even dads, grandparents and carers are welcome to come in and feed babies or change nappies.



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