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Himanshu Roy

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Survey Says Women Are Embarrassed Breastfeeding In Public. Are You One Of Them?

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  •  November 7, 2015


What is your reaction when you see a woman breastfeeding her child at a public place? Are you one of those who will chide her and appear uneasy? Or are you among them who, after lustily staring at her breasts for some time, will finally decide to call it a day and while going will mumble, “Bhartiya sanskriti ko kya ho gya hai?”

In a recent survey it has been found that six out of 10 women who breastfeed take steps to hide it in public and a third feel embarrassed or uncomfortable nursing outside the home.

And they say that we live in the space age! I don’t know about you but I certainly see irony. In spite of all the hoopla surrounding Swacch Bharat, people could be seen emptying their bladders at apparently everywhere in public places but it is certainly shameful for women to breastfeed children!

But here’s a fact that is bound to amaze you even more. The survey was conducted in England and not even in India. Like we need to be told that what the result would have been it had been conducted in India. (Even before the results, people will look scandalized).

What the survey proves is that irrespective of being desi or an angrezz, jerks everywhere are the same.

Do you know, there is no law according to which a woman can be asked to stop breastfeeding her child in a public place?

But when was the last time that you saw such a ‘phenomenon’ happen? I bet only one or two times.

Yes people, women have breasts and breastfeeding is essential for every child? What exactly is the thing that you simply can’t digest about this bodily function?

For the first six months of a child’s life, exclusive breastfeeding is recommended by none other than the World Health Organisation (WHO). But in England, there are very few women who breastfeed their new-borns even after six to eight weeks.

A poll that ran along with the survey found that 72% of people are in favour of public breastfeeding, but the percentage is quite less for those who think breastfeeding in restaurants or public transport is no big deal.

What happens from this mindless debate is that women often suffer from anxiety after facing hostility from the people around her.

So next time when you see a woman breastfeeding her hungry child in public, in spite of all the awkwardness or infuriation, do try to think a tad bit differently.

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