HANDS FULL: Meg Nagle with her three sons.
HANDS FULL: Meg Nagle with her three sons. Iain Curry

Fear of the boob? Get over it, mum says

LACTABOOBIEPHOBIA: The fear of seeing a mother breastfeed her baby in public.

It is a term Meg Nagle was driven to coin after breastfeeding pictures she posted on her Facebook page - which has 15,000 followers - led to her account being suspended for 48 hours.

The Coolum Beach mother-of-three and certified lactation consultant is passionate about breastfeeding and has made a successful career out of teaching mothers how to overcome feeding challenges.

Ms Nagle's quest to get more mothers to "Keep on Boobin'" has seen more than 150,000 people view her blog, The Milk Meg.

Her lactaboobiephobia post also caught the attention of a Melbourne-based film producer, who is in the process of creating a short documentary of the same name that is due for release online later this year.

In between breastfeeding her two-year-old son, chasing after her seven- and 11-year-old boys, blogging, posting on Facebook, running her consultation business and "occasionally sleeping", there is no doubt Ms Nagle leads a busy life.

But she is not content to pull back soon.

In her "spare time", Ms Nagle is writing a book and preparing to sell merchandise bearing her trademark-pending catchphrase Keep on Boobin'.

Ms Nagle's one-solution-doesn't-suit-all approach with her clients has seen her nominated for the National AusMumpreneur Awards for 2014 in the blog and emerging AusMumpreneur categories.

Finalists will be selected by a public vote closing at midnight on Monday, October 6.

While that is months away, Ms Nagel is content spending her days helping one mother at a time.

"Whether their goal is to breastfeed for five minutes or five years, I will support them in any way I can," she said.

To support Ms Nagle in the AusMumpreneur Awards, visit www.ausmumpreneur.com

Read more about Meg's quest to normalise breast feeding, see Saturday's Daily

BREASTFEEDING FACTS

  • The metabolic energy needed to breastfeed a baby each day is the amount use to walk 10km
  • Breastfed babies can pick their mums on smell
  • Nursing a baby triggers release of the hormone oxytocin, which relaxes mum and baby



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