Midwives are staging an event in Castle Park, Colchester, to encourage mothers to breastfeed their babies in public.And when do they plan this brave stand against the forces of repression?
It has been sparked by the Gazette report about Lisa Willis, 36, who says she was told to stop feeding her ten-month-old daughter, Connie, in a cafe.
*checks weather forecast for Sunday*Midwives at Colchester Hospital have now arranged a picnic in Castle Park on Sunday to help give mums the confidence to breastfeed in public.
Sooner you than me, ladies…
Mother-of-four Mrs Willis, from Ramsey, said: “I absolutely welcome it. It is really important the issue is raised and that breastfeeding in public is acceptable.”And you’ll make it acceptable by thrusting your, ummm, points in everyone’s face in public, will you?
Yet more of Angry Exile's 'Brealots'....
Midwife Sue Coltman, infant feeding co-ordinator at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, and two midwife colleagues will be there.But hang on, I thought we had a bit of a shortage of qualified midwives? What are they doing messing about with this sort of thing?
“The aim of picnic in the park is to help give women the confidence to breastfeed their babies in public,” she said.
Especially when it turns out that ‘in public’ doesn’t necessarily mean what you might assume it does.*
“Many mums don’t find it an easy thing to do, but we hope that providing them with an opportunity to meet women in the same situation, together with the support of midwives, will help.A gazebo..? Not exactly letting it all hang out in public after all, then?
“There will be gazebos so women who want to breastfeed can do so in a discreet way.”
Pink Ladies, trained breastfeeding supporters funded by NHS North East Essex, will be at the event.Oh, those awful NHS cutbacks, eh..?
* Sorry, raincoat sellers. Don’t buy extra stock for the anticipated rush of onlookers just yet.