With a picture of Singaporean mum Cheryl Tan breastfeeding her daughter on an MRT train going viral, it’s sparked a debate on whether mothers should breastfeed in public without covering up.
While some detractors were uncomfortable with the practice, others defended Cheryl’s right to breastfeed her daughter, applauding her attempt to normalise breastfeeding. Cheryl has since taken to Facebook to respond to the photo, saying she “(doesn’t) think it is wrong to breastfeed in public.”
“I have a nursing cover, but my girl will cry and struggle when I use it,” she posted. “Those who suggest using a cover should try eating or drinking under a cover and see if you like it or not. I put my baby first so as long as she is comfortable and feeding well, I don’t really care what others think. It isn’t that hard to just look away if you don’t like to see a baby drinking milk.”
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“I just want to dress up and be a normal woman while still being able to take care of my kids and their needs. If people are ok with women who show cleavage, I don’t know why they would not be ok with me breastfeeding… it’s just a breast. We all have it. Be it female or male. It’s meant to be used to feed a baby.”
Whether you choose to breastfeed openly, or behind the privacy of a cover, we can all agree that breastfeeding is a wonderful practice that benefits both mother and baby. Here are 7 perks of breastfeeding your child, no matter where you decide to do it.