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Breast Feeding Article for Subject CMN130 Introduction to Journalism – Semester 1 – Assignment 3 – 2017

Mother who breastfeed in public said she still feels discriminated despite laws protecting her rights.

Morayfield mother of two (Jane doe) recently felt the judgement of onlookers during a coffee date with friends when she chose to breastfeed.

“To feel so judged for the way you choose to feed your baby,” she said.

“You try and tell a child when they are hungry!”

When dining out with friends and family, Mrs Bell recounted having requested a safe area to feed her baby, and being offered the dirty disabled toilet.

“It‘s uncomfortable to sit at the table to feed my child, but even more uncomfortable to be tucked away in the disabled toilet,” she said.

Anyone who discriminates against breastfeeding mothers is breaking the law – the Federal Sex Discrimination Act 1984 protects those rights.

On May 24, 2011, an amendment to the sexual discrimination laws was made to improve the nutrition and wellbeing of infants and young children.

Research has shown that children who have been breastfed are less likely to suffer from chronic medical conditions like respiratory illnesses, childhood leukaemia and type one diabetes.

It also reduces the risk of certain cancers and maternal depression, and promotes faster recovery from childbirth.

My Dietitian founder Maya McColm recommended it as the best form of nutrition, as it provided all of a baby’s food requirements in the early stages of life.

“Breast milk is specifically formulated for babies,” she said.

“It not only changes from the start of feed, during the feed, but changes consistency throughout the six-month period to suit your baby’s specific requirements.

“There are so many advantages to using breast milk.”

She said society is still prudish over a natural requirement that feeds our next generation.

“And why shouldn’t the mothers be able to go out just because there’s nowhere to feed?” Ms McCom said.

The Australian Government nationally funds a hosts of programs to promote breastfeeding children in their early years, which includes maternal health services.

Any mothers experiencing any difficulties, the Australian Breastfeeding Association, Gympie organises fortnightly meetings where you can share and get support.

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