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.