Breast-feeding in public; Zumba; micro-needling
It may be second nature to many women, something that has been sustaining life for thousands of years, but just in case we needed confirmation – many countries have legislation stating that mothers may breastfeed their baby in public without being discriminated against or harassed. While there is no law against the practice in South Africa, sentiment against it exists. Recently, an education activist, Dr Nomalanga Mkhize, experienced shaming from an attendant during a flight while she was breastfeeding. She was asked if she wouldn’t prefer to cover up. She has since told online magazine The Con that she is spurred to action – to encourage a stronger public-breastfeeding lobby.
In Texas, a state bill aims to give a mother the right to take legal action against anyone who discriminates against her as a result of her breastfeeding in public. To support the bill, two graphic-art students at the University of North Texas have launched a campaign called ‘When Nurture Calls’. The mock ads show young mothers forced to breastfeed their babies in dirty public toilets, each image captioned with phrases like ‘Table for two’ and ‘Private dining’. The tag line states simply that a ‘baby should never be nurtured where nature calls’ and I completely agree. Instead of retreating to a loo, some women would rather attempt to silence a hungry baby than sit in a public space for a few minutes of feeding time.
One mother in the UK was asked to leave a sports store when she began breastfeeding her child. A photo of another was posted on Facebook with the label ‘tramp’. It prompted her to start an international movement called ‘Free to Feed’.
Public breastfeeding is seen as shameful because breasts are sexual organs. Cleavage, okay; a bare breast feeding a child? Er, no. What many people see, and react to, is a sexual being – overlooking a woman’s wider roles as mother and nurturer.
‘When Nurture Calls’ ads.