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Poll: Should women breastfeed in public?

If a woman chooses to breastfeed her child, should she do so in public? Let us know what you think.

Image: Daquella manera via Creative Commons/Flickr

BREASTFEEDING – and where is best to do it – is an issue that has caused much debate in recent years, both in Ireland and abroad.

Last year, the US First Lady Michelle Obama brought the matter to the fore by calling for the removal of breastfeeding barriers in the workplace – while French President Nicolas Sarkozy later caused a furore when he likened the practise to slavery.

In January, groups rallied outside Facebook offices across the world to protest against the site removing some users’ photographs of breastfeeding, which were deemed violate the website’s terms of use banning images of “nudity, drug use or other obscene content”.

Writing in today, breastfeeding advocate Chris Finn says that despite both the HSE and WHO recommending breastfeeding to age two or beyond, Ireland still has the worst rates for the exclusive breastfeeding the first six months of an infant’s life – and that fear of breastfeeding in public is one of the biggest obstacles faced by mothers.

What do you think – if a woman chooses to breastfeed, should she do so in public?

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