Breastfeeding & society: mother of 4 shamed in National Gallery Australia

I was shocked to read that a mother was told to go to the parents room when feeding her baby daughter at the Versaille’s exhibition at the National Gallery in Canberra! The security guard approached her indicating it was an issue of decency and modesty.

This is outrageous considering that we are in 2017 and there are these kinds of qualms going on in our Australian culture. Many women struggle with breastfeeding, mastitis and maintaining a healthy milk supply, imagine going through these issues then being told to go and shut yourself away in a room because you are doing something indecent in public.

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I like to think we live in a society now where we are all loving and accepting of however we feed our babies, whether from a boob or bottle they are all beautiful little creatures who deserve love and to be respected regardless of how they are nourished. The WHO (World health organisation) recommends that babies are breastfed to 6 months and up to two years for the health and wellbeing of both mother and baby. Breastfeeding is not only great for babies, it can reduce the mother’s chances of developing breast cancer later in life. They probably don’t tell you that if you buy a pink bun from Bakers delight.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are excellent for supporting a mothers breast milk supply, and are just effective for mastitis if you are looking for an antibiotic or drug-free treatment. If you are struggling with generally breastfeeding, find a good lactation consultant they can make all the difference.

@Ilana Sowter Acupuncture Melbourne, Ivanhoe

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