Breastfeeding women need support not discrimination

"Providing breast milk is one of the most natural things in the world and women should be celebrated not discriminated."

This is the message from Fraser Coast breastfeeding advocate Kristy Benson after her involvement with a woman who has been discriminated for expressing milk on a flight from Townsville to Brisbane.

Jetstar has apologised for telling the woman to cover up after the woman expressed her concerns on a Facebook group.

How do you feel about breastfeeding in public places like a plane?

This poll ended on 27 April 2016.

Current Results

I am all for it - women need to be supported for breastfeeding in public

71%

I think it is okay as long as women cover up

22%

I think women should breastfeed in private

6%

I am undecided

0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Kristy, who is also involved in this group said there shouldn't be shame or stigma related to providing milk in a public place.

"A lot of women are completely behind this lady in the breastfeeding community on the Fraser Coast but it's the general public that needs to get behind this," Kristy said.

"A plane is a perfect place to pump because as a mum you don't get much time to sit down," she said.

Kristy, who is involved in the gentle parents group said the woman wasn't trying to gain attention but simply trying to provide for her baby.

She said while it is a requirement, only 16% of Australian babies are breastfeed exclusively for six months.

"Without support how are we supposed to provide this," she said.

She said the more we feed in public places, the more exposure people have to it and the more normal people see it has.



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