Debate: Breastfeeding in public

Last week Nigel Farage suggested that women breastfeeding should do so without being ‘ostentatious’ and sit in a corner while doing so. These comments sparked debate across the country and we decided to put the question to our panel. How did they feel about women breastfeeding in public?

Most of the panel were in agreement that they felt women should be able to breastfeed wherever they wanted but it should be done in a discrete manner in order to avoid offence.

“People need to be both mindful of the people breastfeeding and people who are breastfeeding need to be mindful of the people that are around. So as long as people are mindful of the places that they are in and the people that are nearby, people should pay those people that are breastfeeding respect too.” (Paul, 39, Hayes)

Most felt that Nigel Farage’s comments were stupid and shouldn’t be taken notice of.

“I think Nigel Farage’s comments are as usual quite outrageous and fairly baseless. I don’t think that women should be forced to sit in a corner while breastfeeding. I don’t see why they shouldn’t be able to do it wherever they want.” (Tom, 25, Birmingham)

“Personally I’d like to make Nigel Farage sit in the corner. I have absolutely no problem with women breastfeeding in public.” (Erica, 47, Hornchurch)

These users felt that women should be able to breastfeed wherever and that it was a perfectly natural thing to do that shouldn’t be frowned upon.

“I think it’s really disgusting that people frown on women breastfeeding in public, they are feeding their child and a lot of the time you don’t even notice that they are doing it.” (Emma-Louise, 23, Spalding)

Others felt that if a babies should be able to be fed wherever and whenever they like and felt that a screaming hungry baby would be more of an annoyance than a breastfeeding mother.

“I breastfeed where I want and when I want and I would completely encourage other women to do that.” (Janine, 35, Chorley)

“This is a really really tricky subject. I know some people are strongly against people who have a problem with breastfeeding in public. It’s the most natural thing in the world to do and as a society we should just take a stand and be like if that’s what you want to do, feel free.” (Katt, 33, Chester)

“If a baby needs to be fed it needs to be fed, but you need to be discrete about it just so it doesn’t upset people.” (Sam, 63, Port Glasgow)