Wow the attitudes on the Kerri-Anne show today were so out of date. Did anyone see it?? I was that annoyed I emailed the show. Below is the email I sent them.
I watched with interest the segment on the Brisbane woman who was forced to walk after being made to exit a bus because she was breastfeeding. I feel the comments made by one of the female presenters did not go far enough (not Shelly Craft, the dark-haired lady). She stated she "never felt comfortable breast-feeding in public". Well that may be the case for her, but women need to be supported in their efforts to breastfeed their children. I mean, are we supposed to stay at home chained to the couch??? One one hand society encourages us to breastfeed our children yet the support just isn't there a lot of the time. As a mother of a 6-week old baby I need to get out and about to appointments and if I happen to be on public transport when my little one needs to feed, so be it. I mean really you're not seeing any more than you'd see at the beach! I am disappointed by the reactions given by the Kerri-Anne team as already there isn't enough support in this issue. As a single mum trying to continue breast-feeding my child, antiquated attitudes are only going to further hinder my efforts. A very interesting point to note is that the goverment hospitals especially Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital, strongly promote and encourage breastfeeding, in fact they have a poster with a breast-feeding mother which bears the message "she isn't wrong to breastfeed. You're wrong if you ask her to stop". This is the same government that employs the bus driver. This issue isn't just about "quieting a screaming child". It's about women being supported in their breastfeeding by feeling free to do it wherever they may be - if women feel they have to stay hidden at home they'll be less likely to breastfeed as let's face it, it's a fact of life we have to get out and about and conduct our business in the world - not everyone has a personal assistant that can run their errands while they stay home feeding the baby.