Flash mob mums gathered together in front of Christmas shoppers yesterday and breastfed their children.
Up to 40 breastfeeding mums braved the cold in Brighton to protest against discrimination about feeding in public. The dedicated mums were led by Claire Jones-Hughes, 38, who was confronted by a group of customers in a café for breastfeeding her 4-month-old daughter last week.
“One woman said, ‘It was very unpleasant watching you feed. You should have covered up more’,” said Claire, reports the Daily Mail.
“When I protested, the others joined in, and the man said, ‘You should have used a towel.’ I was really shocked, especially as I’d gone to a lot of effort to be discreet,” Claire added.
The mum-of-two was reduced to tears by the incident and felt that her confronters thought seeing her breastfeed was “completely unnatural.”
“When I calmed down it reminded me of all the stories I’ve heard from other women who’ve had similar experienced,” said Claire.
Claire hoped that the demonstration would encourage other mums to not feel anxious about breastfeeding in public.
“I’ve got two daughters who may have children themselves one day. If they choose to breastfeed in the future I’d never want anyone to make them feel how I felt,” said Claire.