When Claire Jones-Hughes was told to stop breastfeeding her four month-old in a cafe in Brighton, England, she didn’t simply button up and go away. Jones-Hughes, the founder of brightonmums.com, summoned a flash mob of 40 mothers and babies to the cafe to protest. The Brighton protest is part of a growing movement in England to normalize public breastfeeding.
The sad part of the tale is that most British women wouldn’t have felt comfortable joining Jones-Hughes’s protest. According to a poll by Mother and Baby magazine, 65% of British woman are uncomfortable with breastfeeding in public. I was surprised to see that 41% of American women feel the same way. Some mothers no doubt simply don’t feel comfortable exposing a breast in public, but I do wonder how much public disapproval has to do with it.
If any readers would like to share their breastfeeding-in-public stories, please do! I’d appreciate hearing from you.