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OPINION: Butt out and let mums decide on breastfeeding

IT IS encouraging to hear the experiences of local mum Lucinda Paxton when she has been breastfeeding.

Based on what has happened to her, and also breastfeeding group representative Lu Whitby, the need for mums to sometimes feed their children in public places is well accepted locally.

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It's certainly a long way from the experience in Rockhampton recently when a man complained about a woman breastfeeding in a restaurant - only to be shown the door himself for making the mum feel uncomfortable.

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While those who complain about breastfeeding in public are surely in the minority, it is amazing there are any people like that at all.

There can hardly be a more natural act and a more wonderful way for a mother and her child to interact.

That's not to belittle those who can't breastfeed or those who choose the bottle - like many things involved in parenting, how they feed their infants is the choice of the parents and no-one else. And that's what should be remembered with breastfeeding in public - it's the parent's choice and the rest of us should butt out.



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