Hollie McNish wrote her poem ‘Embarrassed’ in a public toilet where she was feeding her daughter.
In the poem she asks why, in a world where breasts are used to sell products, women are made to feel ashamed of breastfeeding in public?
The first time she nursed her baby in public she was told she should have stayed at home. Embarrassed, Hollie retreated to the toilets every time her daughter needed a feed when she was out.
“I hate that I did that but I was nervous, tired and felt awkward,” she writes on YouTube.
“I have a lot of mates who complain they’re broke but stop breastfeeding cos they feel awkward, and pay for formula. Why are we paying billionaire companies for something our bodies produce for FREE?”
The poet and mother isn’t against bottle-feeding, she doesn’t like the rift between mothers who breastfeed and formula feed, but she wrote the poem to support other mums going through what she went through.
The poem ends with the lines:
“So no more will I sit on these cold toilet lids
No matter how embarrassed I feel as she sips
Cos in this country of billboards covered in ‘tits’
I think I should try to get used to this.”
What do you think? Did you breastfeed? If so, did you feel judged in public?