By Gwyn Allred
Public breastfeeding has been receiving a lot of attention in the news lately. In response to some of the opposing views, there have been videos made in support of it, videos made to show the hypocrisy of discrimination against it, and, most recently, a breastfeeding flash mob in Hong Kong.
Women who breastfeed in public may be asked to leave restaurants and other public facilities, or to find a more private place to do it. This is a controversy that has an entire spectrum of positions and degrees to which people are comfortable with. With the issue on the rise, many are standing up against the discrimination and trying to change this perception.
On May 8, 2016, prior to Mothers’ Day celebrations, over a hundred women brought their young children to the Tai Wai subway station in Hong Kong and breastfed them there. The flash mob was campaigning for the government to create facilities where mothers can breastfeed. Currently in both public places and work places, they have very few facilities for this and oftentimes have to feed their babies in public bathrooms. This demonstration was also against the discrimination and prejudice of breastfeeding in public and the slander that women have received because of it.
Breastfeeding is the healthiest option for a baby, and when infants are growing they can eat as often as every 2 hours. When a mother and child are out and about, if the child becomes hungry there are generally only two options: let them continue to scream their head off, or breastfeed. There is a lot of controversy currently surrounding the extent to which this should be done uncovered in public places.
Whether you are for or against public breastfeeding, using a flash mob to promote your cause is definitely a unique and public way to draw attention to it and get the word out.