Openly breastfeeding in public can take a little getting used to — check out our top tips to help make it a stress-free experience for both you and your baby. The great thing about breastfeeding is that everything you need to feed your baby is always with you, readily available and at the right temperature, wherever you are. You may find breastfeeding in public easier if you do it in a supportive environment for the first few times. Visiting a mother and baby group or a cafe with a friend may be better than going to a crowded shopping mall or on a train by yourself.
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Or at least, not anywhere that boob-mouth combo might cause offence. Which is basically anywhere there might be other humans. This is the equivalent of saying that no breastfeeding mother can ever leave the house until her child has a full set of teeth and a Tommee Tippee cup, because the trouble with babies is that they need feeding. A lot. Which was jolly decent of him, as he could have just dispatched her to the toilets and asked her to feed next to the sanitary bin. As any woman who has ever had to nourish an infant outside her own four walls knows, breastfeeding is actually extremely discreet. And breast milk is of course food, not a waste product — another reason for not lactating in the toilet where there might be things like germs.
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But are there any laws when it comes to breastfeeding in public? And what rights do mothers have? Breastfeeding in public is perfectly legal. In fact, it's protected under the Equality Act for as long as you wish to breastfeed there is no age restriction and covers all public places from parks and leisure facilities, to public transport, shops, restaurants, hotels and cinemas. People who are uncomfortable with the sight of breastfeeding should just look away.