Posted 6 Dec 2014 by Walaa Idris
We know breastfeeding is best for babies. As a mother I nursed both my daughters for six months each. I did it out of belief and conviction that it was the best thing for them heath wise. Breastfeeding boosts babies’ immunity system and strengthens the bond between them and their mothers, plus it’s safe, hygienic and easy.
A natural thing; breastfeeding requires little work and comes easy to most mothers. But it is a private affair, or so it should be. I understand many women have little issues with showing flesh in public, and with the likes of page three and women of all ages walking around half naked, many might be desensitised to exposed breasts. But still some people feel uneasy and nursing still remains and should be a private time between mother and child.
Here is where Farage is right. Nursing mothers should be allowed to feed their babies publicly but it should be done tastefully, discreetly and by agreement.
Most people have no problem knowing if a mother is nursing her chid, but they don’t want to see it happening — just as those mothers who want to nurse publicly ‘have the right to do so’ those who don’t want an exposed breast with a baby suckling on it forced on them, also have the right to not have to see it. Public establishment also have rights, they have the right to decide how to run their business and the freedom to allow mothers to nurse publicly or not.
Rights and freedoms work both ways.
And no, it is not a case of avert your eyes if you don’t want to see, it’s more a matter of respect. Respect for ones’ own self and respect to others and their feelings. Surely that’s a good thing?
Listening to Farage’s LBC radio clip that was exactly what he meant before the media hijacked his comment and turned it into something else.