BBC radio DJ suspended for calling breastfeeding in public 'unnatural'
We’re absolutely flabbergasted by comments a BBC radio DJ made about breastfeeding in public live on air. It’s “unnatural” and “must be stopped” according to Radio Solent presenter Alex Dyke, talking during a phone-in on his Wednesday morning show. Luckily, the BBC has taken the same view and suspended him – but haven’t said when or if he’ll return.
He asked callers to phone in about the “taboo subject” of breastfeeding in public during the programme, which is broadcast to parts of Hampshire and Dorset.
“Couldn’t mums just stay at home and do it? I’m not offended by it, I’m just made to feel uncomfortable about it,” he said. “You wouldn’t get ‘yummy mummies’… breastfeeding in public. Those kind of women wouldn’t do it because they’re very image-conscious and they know it’s not a great look.”
“I blame the Earth mothers, you know the ones I mean, the ones with the moustaches, the ones who work in libraries, the ones who wear hessian, the ones they’re always on Radio 4 on Women’s Hour, they are always pushing the boundaries and making us feel uncomfortable.
“Breastfeeding is unnatural. It’s the kind of thing that should be done in a quiet, private nursery.
“It was OK in the Stone Age when we knew no better, when people didn’t have their own teeth… but now I just think a public area is not the place for it and fellas don’t like it.”
His remarks led to a backlash on social media and an online petition, which has so far attracted more than 10,000 supporters, calling for him to be taken off air.
We know that we report debates over breastfeeding in public regularly on MFM, but the fact that this attitude towards breastfeeding still exists is exactly why we do it. What would you say to Alex Dyke if you had the chance? Let us know in the comments below.