Reference list.

  • Breastfeeding is the natural way to feed your baby

Breastfeeding | HealthyWomen. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.healthywomen.org/condition/breastfeeding

  • US Law- Breastfeeding is not indecent exposure

CDC – Winnable Battles – Breastfeeding – Public Health Law. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/phlp/winnable/breastfeeding.html

  • Human rights on breastfeeding in NZ

Human Rights Commission :: The right to breastfeed. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.hrc.co.nz/your-rights/social-equality/our-work/right-breastfeed/

  • Breastfeeding on demand

Breastfeeding on demand: A cross-cultural perspective. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.parentingscience.com/breastfeeding-on-demand.html

  • Scientific evidence to prove that breastfeeding on demand is crucial

No more infant feeding schedule: Why babies want (and need) to be fed on demand. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.parentingscience.com/infant-feeding-schedule.html

Conclusion.

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.

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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.

 

breastfeedingBREASTFEEDING IS NATURAL AND SHOULD NOT BE ASSOCIATED WITH NEGATIVE CONNOTATIONS.

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.

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IT IS SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION UNDER THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACT TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST A MOTHER WHO IS BREASTFEEDING.

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.

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IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL BEING OF AN INFANT TO BE ABLE TO FEED ON DEMAND.

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.