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.
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.
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.
Breastfeeding is natural and should not be associated with negative connotations.
- US law- Breastfeeding is not indecent exposure
- Breastfeeding- Australian law
- Breastfeeding laws around the world
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.
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.