Give those breast­feed­ing mums a break

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

I AM per­plexed when I hear people com­plain­ing about breast­feed­ing in pub­lic.

It has al­ways been around and I am sur­prised that most of the com­plaints seem to be com­ing from old ladies of my gen­er­a­tion. Have they for­got­ten those years when they raised chil­dren?

When I was a child grow­ing up at the be­gin­ning of the 1930s and ’40s, breast­feed­ing in pub­lic was preva­lent.

Back then, women breast­fed their ba­bies on Cock­ies train com­ing down the north coast line to Bund­aberg. Out in the coun­try, it hap­pened at all so­cial events, such as cricket matches, school pic­nics and dances. Dances were a fam­ily af­fair in those days. Women breast­fed with a folded hand­ker­chief dis­creetly placed. No one seemed to no­tice.

We sel­dom hear com­plaints from men on the sub­ject. They ap­pear to take a more tol­er­ant view of the mat­ter and un­der­stand that breast feed­ing is a nat­u­ral part of life.

So please, give our young moth­ers a break. They are just do­ing what ev­ery mother has done since the dawn of time. BETTY LOWIS Bund­aberg

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