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Do what’s breast, Meg tells nursing mothers

UNITED FRONT: Lactation consultant Meg Nagle (right) from The Milk Meg, and members of an online breastfeeding support community gather in support of breastfeeding in public.
UNITED FRONT: Lactation consultant Meg Nagle (right) from The Milk Meg, and members of an online breastfeeding support community gather in support of breastfeeding in public. Brett Wortman

LACTATION consultant Meg Nagle looks forward to the day breastfeeding in public doesn't make headlines.

The mother of three is encouraging women not to be shy about feeding babies following the story of mother Jess Eva's encounter with a stranger at Mooloolaba.

The 29-year-old was approached by an elderly man wearing just bathers while breastfeeding her son Fred in public for the first time.

Ms Nagle said there was nothing wrong with breastfeeding in public, and the problem lay with people who sexualise the breast.

Should there be laws protecting a woman's ability to nurse in public?

This poll ended on 21 March 2015.

Current Results

Yes, nursing should be a legal right

40%

Yes, abusing a nursing mother should be an offence

49%

No, but it should still be allowed everywhere

6%

No, it should be kept private

3%

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

"We were literally born with breasts to feed our babies," she said.

"The main message I want women to know is that there's a huge amount of support for women breastfeeding in public.

"Breastfeeding in public shouldn't be something we need to talk about. It should just be a part of our society."

Ms Nagle, who runs a Coolum-based private practice, The Milk Meg, knows what it's like to be discriminated against.

She was sitting in a cafe once when she was asked to breastfeed her son in the toilet.

Ms Nagle runs a weekly group for breastfeeding mothers called Boobies by the Beach at Peregian Beach.

She urged breastfeeding mothers not to be hesitant about feeding in public.

"A lot of women feel very self-conscious because they hear stories like this,'' Ms Nagle said.

"Don't be hesitant, just do it. Feel comfortable in feeding your baby. It's not about a woman's right to breastfeed, it's about a baby's right to eat."

Yesterday's article generated heated debate on the Sunshine Coast Daily's Facebook page.

 

WHAT YOU SAID

Comments taken from the Sunshine Coast Daily Facebook page

When people tell me to go and feed my child in mothers room or in private... I turn around and say 'you don't hide when you feed, so why should we.'Kathryn Nuku

He is disgusting its people like him that are putting a stigma on breastfeeding! Tamarra Tyrode

The old man wearing speedos would have been more disgusting. Vicki Lawrence

Breastfeed with confidents ladies! Cheryl Rutter

If you want me to sit in a parents room with toilets I say you go eat your lunch in the disgusting toilet. Denyce Botha

Topics:  breast feeding children editors picks mothers nursing



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