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To conclude this argument, we have learned that everyone has a different opinion on breastfeeding in public. Some are for it. Some find it offensive. However a breastfeeding mother has rights to be able to breastfeed her infant wherever and whenever the need arises.

There have been many cases of  a breastfeeding mothers being asked to cover up or to feed their infants in a rest rooms. Under the Human Rights act this is discrimination.

To prevent further discrimination from happening the government needs to devise a campaign to inform people of the rights of a breastfeeding mother and to inform people of the importance of an infant being able to feed when they need to.


Counter claim and Rebuttal.

Some people find breastfeeding in public offensive. There may be various reasons why they think this. Some of which are that they see the female breast as a sexual object, others believe that breastfeeding in public is indecent exposure and some just believe that breastfeeding is inappropriate or unnatural.

There are also cultural sensitivities to breastfeeding in a public place as well. Some cultures believe that a woman should be completely covered at all times, which would affect a woman’s ability to breastfed her child.

However although some people are opposed to breastfeeding in public, the needs of an infant to feed are greater than a persons sensitivities. Infants need to feed multiple times a day and it is unrealistic for a mother to stay at home to feed her child just because someone may find it offensive to see her feed her infant. It is also a breach of the mothers human rights to be asked to feed her infant in a restroom or cover up.

Just as people have a right to their own opinions about breastfeeding, a mother has an equal right to breastfeed anywhere and at anytime.

Premise 3.



Some people believe that breastfeeding in public is inappropriate,unnatural and a form of indecent exposure. These opinions about breastfeeding in public being indecent exposure are not correct. Many indecent exposure laws have a clause which excuse breastfeeding mothers from any criminal statutes.

In America every state has a specific law that allows mothers to breastfeed anywhere, except for two states which only limit the public places in which a  mother can breastfeed.

A global review shows that there are no laws that prohibit woman from breastfeeding in public in other countries. Therefore breastfeeding in public is not classed as indecent exposure.

Due to advertising sexualizing the female breast it has drawn a stigma around the breast, leading people to have opinions that breastfeeding is either unnatural or inappropriate.

This is why the government needs to step in to devise a campaign to inform people that breastfeeding mothers have rights. That breastfeeding in public is not indecent exposure and that breastfeeding is a natural act.



Premise 2.



There have been many cases around the world of woman being asked to cover up or finish breastfeeding in rest rooms. This is discrimination. In most countries that have a sexual discrimination act, breastfeeding mothers are covered by the law.

In New Zealand breastfeeding mothers are covered by the Human Rights  Sexual discrimination act. On the New Zealand Human Rights Commission web page it states that “It is Illegal for someone to stop you breastfeeding at work, where you are studying, on public transport, in government departments, in public places, in restaurants and in shops.” (Human rights commission, 2005)

However it is often not common knowledge and breastfeeding mothers are still encountering discrimination, with owners and staff of various establishments asking the mother to stop breastfeeding.

This is where the Government needs to step in to devise a campaign informing people of the legal rights of a breastfeeding mother. Preventing further discrimination from happening.

Premise 1.



Studies have shown that if an infants needs are not consistently met they become stressed   and a hormone called Cortisol is released, with evidence proving that exposure of this stress hormone can have a negative effect on the infants brain development. And when an infant feeds from their mother, a hormone called Oxytocin is released which encourages well being and attachment to the mother.

Oxytocin is released while breastfeeding. “It is proven to help reduce stress in infants, soothes and reduces pain and helps to regulate the infants core body temperature and blood glucose levels.” (Dewar 2014)

In the first few weeks of an infants life, the infant will feed very frequently, around twice an hour with the feeding time sometimes being around 40 minutes per feed. If the mother is unable to stay at home for this period of time for whatever reason it can become hard for her to feed her baby on demand as some establishments do not accept public breastfeeding as appropriate.

This is where the government needs to step in with a campaign to help people have a better understanding on the needs of an infant with regards to feeding and the rights of a mother to breastfeed anywhere she needs to.




Introduction/Main claim

Breastfeeding is the most natural  way to feed an infant. Historically before bottles and formula were invented the only way to feed an infant was by a woman’s breast. A woman’s breast is there to serve one main purpose, to feed the infant. But society has sexualized the female breast making it difficult for breastfeeding mothers who choose to feed their babies in public.

Cases of woman being asked to cover up or finish feeding in rest rooms are scattered amongst the news and it is plain to see that discrimination against breastfeeding mothers is a very real thing. Even in the 21st Century.

The law actually protects breastfeeding mothers, wherever they choose to breastfeed. A global review shows that it is a breach of the sexual discrimination act to ask a breastfeeding mother to cover up or to breastfeed in a restroom.

However although the rights of a breastfeeding mother are covered by law, many people are unaware of this and discrimination happens on a daily basis.

A way to bring light to this issue and to inform people of the rights of a breastfeeding mother would be for Government agencies to fund national campaigns, to inform people of the legal rights of a breastfeeding mother in a bid to protect them from further discrimination.




Comments made on Hamish’s blog- “Social media is a fake socialising environment.”


Hi there,

I like your argument topic. I think it is valid and relevant however there are a few things that you may want to look at addressing. Firstly, you haven’t always used reliable academic sources. Articles from publications aren’t an academic source as it is one persons opinion, more of a blog than a journal article written by an academic professional. Also if you are quoting something from a text or even paraphrasing it you need to add an in text citation. I feel like you might get pulled up on these things.

Comments made on Solomon’s blog “Parental Advisory.”


Hi Solomon. I like your introduction. You have a catchy title and the introduction itself is easy to read and full of interesting facts and statistics that back up your argument well. I also like how you have inserted the hyperlinks into your text. What a great idea! I agree with your point, that a huge chunk of the content we see on TV and movie screens is packed with violence and that unless we actually prevent our children from watching TV or movies there is no real way to prevent them from being exposed to it. I agree that a good option for parents is to discuss the content of the material with the child to educate them about what is fantasy and what is fiction and what is right and wrong. Great start!:)

Comments made on Nicole’s blog “Sex offenders should permanently be removed from society.”


I understand your thought process and why you believe that sex offenders should be removed from society however I don’t think this is a viable idea. When you say “remove” what exactly do you mean? How would you even police that? To make convicted sex offenders stay out of society?
An American Journalist called Lisa Ling covered a story similar to this where sex offenders are living in tented cities on the outskirts of the cities because they are unable to get employment or housing due to their convictions. They are denied basic human rights like running water or heating. They live in squalor. And some of them didn’t even commit the crime they were convicted of.
I am in no way justifying the actions of sex offenders. I agree that their acts are unspeakable however I do also believe that not everyone convicted is accurately done so. There are some that slip through the cracks and because of this they live their lives as social pariahs. Do you not believe that everyone deserves redemption? I think it is unfair to place every convicted sex offender into one box and say that they will re offend. I personally do not think your argument has enough substance to back it. It is just not a viable solution.



Argument plan


To prevent further discrimination against mothers who choose to breastfeed in public, Government agencies need to fund a campaign to bring awareness to the legal rights of breastfeeding mothers.

Premise 1.

It is important for the physical and emotional wellbeing of an infant to be able to feed on demand.



It is crucial for the infants development both physically and mentally to feed often, especially in the first weeks after being born. The need to feed may arise and anytime and in any place and the mother needs to be able to meet the needs of the infant.

Premise 2.

It is sexual discrimination under the Human Rights Act to discriminate against a mother who is breastfeeding.



There are laws in place under the Human Rights- sexual discrimination act that protect woman, allowing them the right to express milk and/or breastfeed in public spaces.

Premise 3.

Breastfeeding is natural and should not be associated with negative connotations.



Some countries do not have indecent exposure laws but in America, United Kingdom, Scandinavia/Europe, Australia and Canada breastfeeding does not fall under the indecent exposure law.

Counter Claim

Some people may find breastfeeding in public personally or culturally offensive.


Even if breastfeeding in public is offensive to some people, the need for an infant to eat is far greater than a persons sensitivities to breastfeeding.