Do what’s breast, Meg tells nursing mothers
LACTATION consultant Meg Nagle looks forward to the day breastfeeding in public doesn't make headlines.
The mother of three is encouraging women not to be shy about feeding babies following the story of mother Jess Eva's encounter with a stranger at Mooloolaba.
The 29-year-old was approached by an elderly man wearing just bathers while breastfeeding her son Fred in public for the first time.
Ms Nagle said there was nothing wrong with breastfeeding in public, and the problem lay with people who sexualise the breast.
Should there be laws protecting a woman's ability to nurse in public?
This poll ended on 22 March 2015.
Yes, nursing should be a legal right
Yes, abusing a nursing mother should be an offence
No, but it should still be allowed everywhere
No, it should be kept private
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"We were literally born with breasts to feed our babies," she said.
"The main message I want women to know is that there's a huge amount of support for women breastfeeding in public.
"Breastfeeding in public shouldn't be something we need to talk about. It should just be a part of our society."
Ms Nagle, who runs a Coolum-based private practice, The Milk Meg, knows what it's like to be discriminated against.
She was sitting in a cafe once when she was asked to breastfeed her son in the toilet.
Ms Nagle runs a weekly group for breastfeeding mothers called Boobies by the Beach at Peregian Beach.
She urged breastfeeding mothers not to be hesitant about feeding in public.
"A lot of women feel very self-conscious because they hear stories like this,'' Ms Nagle said.
"Don't be hesitant, just do it. Feel comfortable in feeding your baby. It's not about a woman's right to breastfeed, it's about a baby's right to eat."
Yesterday's article generated heated debate on the Sunshine Coast Daily's Facebook page.
WHAT YOU SAID
When people tell me to go and feed my child in mothers room or in private... I turn around and say 'you don't hide when you feed, so why should we.'Kathryn Nuku
He is disgusting its people like him that are putting a stigma on breastfeeding! Tamarra Tyrode
The old man wearing speedos would have been more disgusting. Vicki Lawrence
Breastfeed with confidents ladies! Cheryl Rutter
If you want me to sit in a parents room with toilets I say you go eat your lunch in the disgusting toilet. Denyce Botha