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Breastfeeding Mum? Thinking about Voting UKIP? Nigel Farage has something to say to you…

There seems to be an interesting combination of headlines about breastfeeding today. On one hand, new research has been released reporting that, new mothers should be encouraged to breastfeed their children up to the age of 18 months to save the NHS money. On the other hand Nigel Farage reckons breast feeding mums should go in the corner, rather then feed in an “ostentatious” way. Which I think is a fairly “ostentatious” word itself.

According to The Independent website:

He said some people feel “very uncomfortable” and “embarrassed” about seeing women openly breastfeeding, although it isn’t a scene that he is “terribly hung up about”.

“I’m not particularly bothered about it, but I know a lot of people do feel very uncomfortable, and look – this is just a matter of common sense, isn’t it?” he said on LBC Radio.

“I think that given that some people feel very embarrassed by it, it isn’t too difficult to breastfeed a baby in a way that’s not openly ostentatious,” Mr Farage said.

His comments come after a mother was given a large napkin to cover her baby while feeding her baby in Claridge’s to avoid causing “offence” to other guests.

“Frankly, that’s up to Claridge’s, and I very much take the view that if you’re running an establishment you should have rules,” he said.

When asked if women should perhaps sit in a toilet if they want to feed their babies, he came up with another solution.

“Or perhaps sit in the corner, or whatever it might be – that’s up to Claridge’s,” he said.

I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that Nigel Farage isn’t aware that according to the The Equality Act, it is illegal to stop mothers breastfeeding their babies in public places. It is a surprise that as someone who tries to position himself as “a man of the people”, Nigel Farage has made such a pro-business comment.

Or maybe breastfeeding mums dont count? Thinking about it, I dont think I’ve ever met a mum that feeds in a pretentious way…

On a slightly different note, the official UKIP twitter account for the fictional town of Trumpton had this to say.

 

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For more reading check out:

More mothers should breastfeed for 18 months to save NHS money, say researchers
Unicef
Trumpton UKIP
Independent

 

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Breast Feeding Friendly Places in Exeter

After spotting some upset on local Facebook pages after a breast feeding mum was asked to go to the back of a local cafe for “Health and Safety Reasons”, I decided to put together a list of places that the good lady wife (and others), have found to be breastfeeding friendly in Exeter, Devon:

Breastfeeding Friendly Places in Exeter

  • Cafe 36
  • The Phoenix
  • Royal Clarence
  • The Ship Inn
  • The Hub on The Green
  • Carluccios
  • Cakeadoodledo
  • The Living Room
  • Riverside Leisure Centre Cafe
  • John Lewis Cafe
  • Port Royal
  • Riverside Church
  • The Well (At Riverside Church in Okehampton Street)

Places with Breastfeeding Rooms

  • John Lewis (has a water fountain – but you can feed in the cafe as well)
  • Mothercare
  • Jelly. (Charity shop in Sidwell Street)

Allegedly Not Breastfeeding Friendly Places in Exeter

  • The Coffee Celler
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