There are a number of criticisms that you may hear or have heard (even if just through the grape vine) in regards to breastfeeding in public!
Here are a few responses you may have:
“It’s normal, breasts were created to produce milk, so that the woman can feed her young. I mean, scientifically…”
“F*** you! Get over it, you p****!”
“Oh, deary was I…, golly, no, I did not meant to offend you! I’ll just pop them away.”
You may have these responses, but I do not recommend them!
For one you need not explain your why to anyone. It is literally none of their business because The Breastfeeding Police do no exist.
Secondly, negativity and aggression met with negativity and aggression won’t end well. And we are all about the feel good factor!
And lastly, nobody likes a push over and if you take this approach too often it’s likely you’ll stop breastfeeding sooner than you planned. Don’t let them win.
The best thing for you and your baby is to continue your breastfeeding practices for as long as possible. The best thing for you to do should you find yourself in a situation criticism or hostility is to remain calm and issue your response assertively.
“I’m protected by the 2010 UK Equality Act: a law which bans unfair treatment. If you wish to continue to verbally harass me we can take this further legally.”
Or hand them one of our: STOP, I’m Free to Feed cards! Click here for a free download!
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!
You are entitled to feed freely in public in the UK. If you are not in the UK check which laws your are protected by.
Be Brave, Mama!