Lucinda's breastfeeding in Grafton

Mum’s the word: Boob-friendly Clarence okay on breastfeeding

IT IS apparent the Clarence Valley is boob-friendly when it comes to breastfeeding babies in public places.

It has been a hot topic after a Rockhampton man was removed from a cafe after telling a fellow patron she was wrong for breastfeeding in public.

Grafton mum of four boys Lucinda Paxton said she breastfed all her children whenever it was necessary and had never faced any criticism from members of the Clarence Valley community.

"I once had someone walk up to me and say I was disgusting in Coffs Harbour but not in the Clarence Valley," Mrs Paxton said. "I guess it is one of those things that splits the public. There are people that are for and people who are against it."

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Mrs Paxton said only the other night she was faced with feeding her child in a packed restaurant but found no criticism.

"I went out to dinner the other night at the Clocktower Hotel with some friends. I had fed Rowan before I left so I might not have to do it in public but lo and behold he wakes up halfway in hungry," she said.

"They were pretty much full capacity and I was just sitting worried about who would judge me for it, but absolutely no one did. No one even batted an eyelid in my direction."

NO CRITICISM: Lucinda Paxton breastfeeds her son Rohan, 14 weeks old, as son Linden, 3, looks on.
NO CRITICISM: Lucinda Paxton breastfeeds her son Rohan, 14 weeks old, as son Linden, 3, looks on. Adam Hourigan

Australian Breastfeeding Association Grafton representative Lu Whitby said everyone had their own thoughts on the topic.

"I think it is one of those things that is a real personal choice," she said. "Some people will accept and some people won't. But in my experience, I personally have not had anyone criticise me in public for feeding."

"The Valley is pretty accepting of it, and a fair few businesses are boob-friendly."



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