Monday, 20 March 2017

Woman defends decision to breastfeed on MRT train

Update 17 Apr 2017: Mum in breastfeeding saga is Mrs Singapore pageant finalist

As one of the finalists of the annual beauty contest, she wants to put this rumour to rest.

Ms Lee, 25, told The New Paper at the pageant's press conference and talent showcase held on Saturday at ONE KM mall: "All along, even before the photo went viral, I had already wanted to use this competition as a platform to raise awareness about (public) breastfeeding...

"If I win Mrs Singapore, I would love to use my title to promote breastfeeding in public (with or without covering). I feel that we need to normalise it."

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Women in Asia face harassment for breastfeeding in public
Women in Asia face harassment for breastfeeding in public
A woman was photographed breastfeeding on the MRT, sparking heated debate about public breastfeeding. FOTO: STOMP

Women in Asia face widespread harassment for breastfeeding in public, according to campaigners, despite a new poll showing that most people on the continent, saying it should be protected by law.

In a survey of 9,242 respondents in eight locations across the Asia-Pacific, online polling firm YouGov found the strongest advocates of open breastfeeding lived in Australia (87%), Hong Kong (87%), Thailand (85%) and Singapore (79%).

Men (78%t) were slightly more supportive than women (76%), the polling group said, and single respondents were less enthusiastic than their married counterparts.


About 77% said public breastfeeding was acceptable, and 75% said it should be protected by law.

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Cheryl Lee added 2 new photos 15 March at 08:51 · Singapore

I know that a picture of me breastfeeding is being shared right now. I am ok with it. Thanks for the concern to all those who have pmed me. Personally, I am not too bothered about it since I don'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. 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.

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. Unless these group of people think my breast is for sex and not for feeding my baby.

Anyway, it's just a breast. We all have it. Be it female or male. It's meant to be used to feed a baby, I don't see anything wrong with using it to feed a baby and ensuring my baby is comfortable. What's so sexual/wrong about it? Hahas! Maybe girls should stop eating bananas/popsicle in public as some might find it sexual too.

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Breastfeeding in public is normal, says mother who nursed her daughter without a cover on a train
This foto of mother-of-three Cheryl Lee breastfeeding on the train has gone viral. FOTO: INTERNET

A foto of a mother nursing her daughter without a cover in an MRT train has stirred up the debate about breastfeeding in public again.

The photo of Ms Cheryl Lee was taken by a passenger on Tuesday (Mar 14) when the housewife was on her way home after a gown & clothes fitting for the Mrs Singapore pageant, she told The Straits Times.

In the foto, Ms Lee, who is wearing a tube top, seems focused on something on her husband's mobile phone. Her daughter is feeding on her breast while her son is sitting beside her husband.

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Woman defends decision to breastfeed on MRT train
With another photo of her breastfeeding on Facebook

A woman photographed breastfeeding on the MRT train with her top pulled down in full view of the public has defended her action on Facebook.

The photo of her on the MRT train has been shared in chat groups and forums, which has been met with support and opprobrium.

Some felt the mother should have covered up or breastfeed in private, while others defended her right to care for her child.

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BREASTFEEDING MOTHER ON SINGAPORE’S MRT SAYS HER BABY COMES FIRST
"I don't really care what others think"

A mother who was photographed breastfeeding on Singapore’s MRT has struck back at criticism, saying her baby comes first.

As reported by the The Straits Times, the photo showing Ms Cheryl Lee was taken by a passenger on Tuesday 14 March and has since stirred up the debate surrounding breastfeeding in public.

Ms Lee told the news site that she was on the way home after a gown and clothes fitting for the Mrs Singapore pageant when the incident occurred.

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Breastfeeding mum on MRT hits back: 'My baby comes first, I don't care what others think'

A foto of a mother breastfeeding on an MRT train while in full view of the public recently went viral, with some showing their support for her while others expressed criticism.

The picture, which Stomper Chris alerted us to, has been circulating on WhatsApp & on local forums, sparking a heated debate.

It shows the woman, identified as Cheryl Lee, seated beside her husband with one side of her top pulled down and her left breast exposed, as her young daughter feeds.

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STOMPed mother responds to post of her breastfeeding on MRT train

A mother who was stomped for her public breastfeeding on a MRT train has responded to the posting on her and voiced her opinion on public breastfeeding.

A photo of the mother, Ms Cheryl Lee was featured in a story on Stomp, which said that the picture has been circulating on WhatsApp and on local forums.

The picture shows the mother was leaning to her husband while breastfeeding her baby, exposing her left breast as one side of her top pulled down. A toddler was also seen sitting next to the father.

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MRT nursing mum: Breastfeeding in public is normal

A photo of a mother breastfeeding without a cover in a MRT train has stirred up a debate about nursing in public.

The foto of Ms Cheryl Lee was taken by a passenger when the housewife was on her way home on Tuesday after a gown and clothes fitting for the Mrs Singapore pageant.

In the foto, Ms Lee, who is wearing a tube top, seems focused on something on her husband's mobile phone, while her daughter is feeding.

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Mum who was captured breastfeeding child on MRT defends actions; calls out double standards

A mum came under the ire of prudish netizens after a photo of her surfaced on social media — it was an image of her openly breastfeeding her infant while riding on a Downtown Line train.

Yes, once again, it’s another story related to public support and disgust about nursing in public, followed by the subsequent heated debate whether openly breastfeeding is okay or not.

To clarify, it’s not an offence to breastfeed in public in Singapore — as long as the mother is decently clad and doesn’t expose more of her breast than is necessary, according to The Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group Singapore.

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IT’S JUST A MOTHER FEEDING HER CHILD, RELAX!
Sometimes you wonder what goes on inside the heads (and hearts) of some people

The brouhaha over a woman feeding her infant in public has got some people hot under the collar. The “concern” seems to be that she did not cover up, but instead had exposed her breast to all and sundry on the train.

Well, to be sure, this is not the first time that a breastfeeding mother has raised a howl among those who find the nurturing act unacceptable, or even despicable.

In 2013, for example, an employee at the Coca Restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa was so disgusted at the sight of the mother nursing her child that he “even covered [the woman’s] baby with a dirty jacket, and informed the mother that breastfeeding in public is not allowed in Singapore.”

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Breast-feeding mums: To cover up or not?

When Mrs Sharon Ho-Norton was breastfeeding her first child 15 years ago, the nursing clothes she wore were less than ideal.

The garments – which allow mothers to breastfeed discreetly in public via concealed openings – were mostly manufactured for Western markets then and they were generally too big for her petite frame. The fabrics used were also thick, making them uncomfortable to wear in Singapore’s hot climate.

The experience inspired the 44year-old mother of two, who enjoyed art in school, to design her own nursing wear for sale.

related: Breastfeeding in public is normal, says mother who nursed her daughter without a cover on a train

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Here’s a pretty convincing case made for breastfeeding in public by Xiaxue
"Now pluck your infant's mouth out from the nipple, and aim it at his face. Spray abundantly with breast milk"

Now, the public debate on the topic has resumed over the past few days after a busybody cheekopek person photographed a lady breastfeeding her daughter on the train without a nursing cover and posted it online.

Thankfully, the mom in question, one Cheryl Lee, was totally fine with it, even posting a response with another picture of herself breastfeeding without a cover.

And backing her up in a Facebook post is allegedly popular Internet person Xiaxue (whose real name is Wendy Cheng), known for speaking her mind. Like her or hate her, she has made very valid points:
  • There is no law against breastfeeding in public, with or without a cover
  • Whipping out a breast to feed a baby ≠ Whipping out a penis, for instance
  • Those complaining about public breastfeeding might not understand the challenges of dealing with hungry infants

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Xiaxue 18 March at 14:07

"Just because it is legal to fart non-stop in a crowded train doesn’t mean it isn’t offensive or rude to do it.”

HOW TO PUBLICLY BREASTFEED LIKE A BADASS

To all breastfeeding moms who are doing it in public, here is my advice for you if you are confronted by someone telling you to put away your boob...

SOLUTION 1:
  • Person allergic to boob (PATB): "You are being really rude. Please cover yourself up. Please be respectful to the public."
  • Do not reply. Look at the person and make a HUH? face, as if you are hard of hearing. Make him move closer to you and repeat himself.
  • Now pluck your infant's mouth out from the nipple, and aim it at his face. Spray abundantly with breast milk.
  • Most people will simply go away after this. If they don't, spray them again.
  • However, if you are not capable of ejeculating a powerful jet of breastmilk (I've done it once, it's hilarious)
Here's the less fun alternative SOLUTION 2:

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To cover or not? Photo of mum breastfeeding on MRT train divides the Internet

A photo of a mother breastfeeding on an MRT train while in full view of the public recently went viral, with some showing their support for her while others expressed criticism. The picture, which Stomp contributor Chris alerted us to, has been circulating on WhatsApp and on local forums, sparking a heated debate.

It shows the woman seated beside her husband with one side of her top pulled down and her left breast exposed, as her young daughter feeds.

Some netizens felt that the image was provocative and said that even if her child was hungry, the mother should have at least made an attempt to cover up more.

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When Does Public Breastfeeding Become Public Exposure?
Breastfeeding in public has always been a polarising issue

Opinions usually fall into two camps. Those for breastfeeding in public argue that breastfeeding is a natural act and that babies need feeding every two to three hours.

Those who are against it say that pulling out your boob in full view of everyone is inappropriate and that sex, defecating and pissing are also natural human functions but are not things people would do in public.

It’s a debate that’s been going on for a long time now, and one that’s recently come under the spotlight again when the photograph of a mother publicly breastfeeding her baby on the MRT sans nursing cover was posted online.

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Moms’ Breastfeeding in Public – Whose Side Are You On?
Some didn’t take too positively to her photograph and here’s one

When it comes to breastfeeding in public, there are two camps – those who’re all for it and those who simply oppose it. Nevertheless, there are those who sit on the fence but the most vehement reactions come from the extreme ends of the spectrum.

One user’s take on Cheryl’s post stood out among the encouraging comments, stating that, “Please consider about those younger kids seeing what you’re exposing. No doubt the logic of feeding ur hungry child is absolutely right and people generally don’t eat under a cover. Spare a thought for the rest of the people in the MRT. You can choose to go to the nearest nursing room or at least out of the train to a less crowded part of the station and have your husband block the view. I am a fellow breastfeeding mum too and I think while we care a lot about our child being hungry and wanting to feed we need to consider the surrounding too…”.

Needless to say, people who disagreed with the user promptly replied to her comment. At the end of the day, this hoo-ha begged the question of how acceptable is it for mothers to breastfeed in the public without a nursing cover. Is it a personal choice for mothers to make or are there further implications to consider? Essentially, there is no hard and fast guideline or answer to this conundrum.

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BREASTFEEDING WITHOUT A NURSING COVER IS NOT CONSIDERATE IN MULTI-RELIGIOUS SOCIETY

I think the mother who breastfeeding openly in MRT without cover is already brain washed by those angmoh culture and thinking. Basically, she is saying it's my right to breastfeed in public anyhow I wish, my baby hunger is priority, it's her right to drink my milk any way she wants. Her right is the most important thing in this world.

This type of thinking is dangerous in Singapore because we are multi-religious multi-racial society. If she do all these in angmoh countries it is actually very ok. But in Singapore please be considerate. Singapore don't even have nude beaches and gay sex is still criminal - this shows our society is still traditional, modest and conservative. She as the minority should respect the cultural views of the majority.

So breastfeeding mum, yes, it is your right to feed your child - but if everyone take a me-first approach then Singapore very messy. Maybe u get off the train, go one quiet corner, after 15 mins can continue your journey.

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IT’S JUST A MOTHER FEEDING HER CHILD, RELAX!
Sometimes you wonder what goes on inside the heads (and hearts) of some people

The brouhaha over a woman feeding her infant in public has got some people hot under the collar. The “concern” seems to be that she did not cover up, but instead had exposed her breast to all and sundry on the train.

Well, to be sure, this is not the first time that a breastfeeding mother has raised a howl among those who find the nurturing act unacceptable, or even despicable. In 2013, for example, an employee at the Coca Restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa was so disgusted at the sight of the mother nursing her child that he “even covered [the woman’s] baby with a dirty jacket, and informed the mother that breastfeeding in public is not allowed in Singapore.” According to The Breastfeeding Mother’s Support Group, it had asked the Singapore Police Force in 1999 to clarify if doing so was against the law. The SPF reportedly replied and said:
“It is not an offence to breastfeed in public if the woman is decently clad and she does not expose her breast more than is necessary to breastfeed her child.”

Well, the statement (as reported by the media) does not go the whole hog in assuring or affirming that public breastfeeding is not against the law as there is a caveat to it: “…if the woman is decently clad and she does not expose her breast more than is necessary…”

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BREASTFEEDING SHOULD BE ALLOWED ANYTIME, ANYWHERE?
Breastfeeding mothers should be free to breastfeed their children any time, any where, says a reader who goes by the name Mrs Ma De Nai

She says she was inspired by Cheryl Lee's post about her experience breastfeeding in public, which was photographed by a passerby and uploaded on the internet. When asked simply what she thought of being exposed online, she said, "It's just a breast."

Mrs Ma says that allowing public breastfeeding would allow mothers to avoid spending unnecessary costs on "expensive and cumbersome breastfeeding products like breast pumps, collection bags/bottles, cooler, nipple shield, nursing pads, daytime nursing bras, nursing pillows, nursing covers/scarfs." She added that this would free up queues for nursing rooms.

She wrote: "We should not "really care what others think"! Let's all be bold, go bra-less and whip out our supple tits for our precious babies to suck whenever they are hungry, regardless of the location (private or public space) and the sensitivities of people around us (conservative/religious)."

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Yes, you CAN Breastfeed in Public in Singapore

Did you hear about the mother who was chided for breastfeeding her baby at the Coca Restaurant in Resorts World Sentosa? The restaurant employee even covered her baby with a dirty jacket, and informed the mother that breastfeeding in public is not allowed in Singapore.

In the mother’s account of the incident at citizen-journalism website STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), she said: “I was chided and told off for nursing my baby girl in the restaurant, even when I was facing discreetly away from the diners.”

She continued: “The manager of the store came over and told me that in Singapore, we are not allowed to breastfeed in public places.”

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Supporting breastfeeding mothers

BMSG’s vision is a vibrant community of breastfeeding mothers who find emotional support, encouragement, companionship and information in the organization.

BMSG also envisions a Singaporean community where breastfeeding is seen as normal, and is part of society’s fabric.

To make this vision a reality, we facilitate:
  • support for breastfeeding mothers
  • education for pregnant & breastfeeding mothers & families
  • public awareness & advocacy in the community

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Siti Amirah shared Xiaxue's post 18 March at 21:23

Spray those boob haters with your breastmilk 😛😛😛😛😛

Well, from an Islamic point of view, your breasts are a part of your aurah which can only be displayed to your muhrims (men who you can't marry) and muslim ladies of course. You can either opt for a cover (choose a large one so your baby won't be suffocated inside) or teach them to bottle fed (which my baby don't do either).

But all in all, thank goodness humaira can now be bribed with biscuits so finding a feeding room asap would no longer be a problem. Or else memang kena berkejar kejar finding a room with a baby frantically crying 😥

Apa pun, do not judge a breastfeeding mum who choose to do it publicly. HER CHILD IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR STOOPID IMAGINATION. If tak puas hati sangat go find her a room/place for her to do so. Jangan reti complain je. Menyampah.

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PUBLIC BREASTFEEDING?! | Street Talk | Happy TV

Breastfeeding in public. Yes? No? Taking photos of a woman breastfeeding. Yes? No? What do people think?

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Anyway, it's just a breast. We all have it. Be it female or male. It's meant to be used to feed a baby, I don't see anything wrong with using it to feed a baby and ensuring my baby is comfortable. What's so sexual/wrong about it? Hahas! Maybe girls should stop eating bananas/popsicle in public as some might find it sexual too.

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Jeraldine Phneah 2 hrs


"If people are ok with women who show cleavage, I don't know why they would not be ok with me breastfeeding. Unless these group of people think my breast is for sex and not for feeding my baby."

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Cheryl Lee added 2 new photos March 15 at 11:51pm · Singapore

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Choosing and fitting the right nursing bra

If you’re planning to breastfeed, at least two or three nursing bras should be on your essentials list. It’s important to choose a nursing bra to match your lifestyle, your breast size, and your personal preferences.

To help you on your nursing bra selection process, we’ve consulted with Nicole Zoellner, mom and owner of Nizo Wear bras. A nursing bra expert, Nicole offers some tips on fitting a nursing bra, an explanation of different bra types, as well as different bra materials.

When should I purchase a nursing bra? Wait to purchase your nursing bra until you are into your third trimester  as your rib cage will expand during pregnancy. Once you are in your third trimester your band size should remain the same. Most women go up a cup size after their milk comes in. I would look for a bra that is made of primarily cotton so it will breathe, but one that also has some stretch/spandex in it as well to accommodate your changing breast size. So, if you are purchasing your bra before your baby is born I would fit the band and then go up a cup size to what you are currently measuring. The key is in the spandex at this point because your size will change so much in the first couple of weeks. Comfort is number one priority here ladies.

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小編的話: 大家要用正常的眼光看待唷!媽媽很辛苦的~
圖/擷取自巴士的報

藝人林辰唏先前在臉書上,大方公開自己在高鐵上餵母乳的照片,未料卻引來正義魔人批評「妨礙風化」,近日新加坡一名年輕母親也在地鐵上大方餵乳,而且沒有任何遮蔽,引起不小討論,對此她也霸氣回應「不過就是乳房而已,寶寶吃得舒服才重要。」

新加坡這名年輕辣媽Cheryl Lee,日前在地鐵上直接拉下上衣哺乳,畫面曝光後,不少網友都力挺這名母親,認為哺乳是再正常不過的事情,沒有必要用異樣眼光看待,但也有人表示,「露出乳房就是妨礙風化,沒有顧慮到他人眼光」,對此Cheryl Lee也在臉書上回應,因為女兒用哺乳圍巾會哭鬧,索性不用,更對那些質疑她的網友表示「或許你們也可以試試看吃東西用圍巾包住自己。」

而Cheryl Lee同時也表示,若是大家都覺得露乳溝沒有問題,那為什麼對於餵母乳會有這麼多意見,更霸氣宣言「不管是男生的或是女生的,那不過就是乳房而已」,一番言論也獲得不少網友讚賞。

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BREASTFEEDING FLASH MOB IN THE HEART OF ORCHARD ROAD

A group of mothers has given a new meaning to the term ‘flash mob’ right in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt.

20 mothers and their babies took part in the first mass breastfeeding event in Singapore.

The mothers gamely nursed their babies in full view of the public for fifteen minutes.

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Spore's first breastfeeding flash mob on Orchard Road

You may have seen crowds of mostly youths suddenly freezing on the streets as part of a flash mob. Or you may have seen a large group of dancers suddenly breaking out into a snazzy routine in the middle of a shopping mall.

But have you seen a group of mothers gathering in a breastfeeding flash mob?

If you were on Orchard Road yesterday afternoon, you may have caught a group of more than 15 mothers with their babies & toddlers nursing in full view of the public for about 20 minutes.

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Singapore mum chided for breastfeeding in restaurant
Mother chided for breastfeeding in a restaurant

An employee at the Coca restaurant at Resorts World Singapore allegedly scolded a mother who was breastfeeding her baby, then proceeded to cover the baby with a dirty jacket and stated that breastfeeding in public was not allowed in Singapore.

The seemingly unfair treatment of the mother by Coca restaurant was shocking to mothers across the island.

The mother of two had gone to Coca restaurant to enjoy a lunch in the company of her family, on the 27th of July. Yu had to breastfeed her baby as per her schedule. She was discretely breastfeeding her baby away from the other guests at the restaurant. The other Coca restaurant-goers didn't seem to have an issue with this, in fact they seemed not to have noticed.

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S’pore photographer mum shows daring images of women breastfeeding their babies
Bosses, please be kinder to your breastfeeding employees and let them pump milk when they need to

Depending on how many young mothers you might know, you may or may not have seen this post on Facebook over the weekend. It’s a series of photographs that, well — are in equal parts beautiful and likely to make anyone who isn’t a breastfeeding mum feel uncomfortable.

Shot and edited by Singapore photographer couple Jen Pan and Ray Co, the first two of three-parter “The Magical World of Breastfeeding” features two mums with their babies, and on Pan’s photography blog, she also tells their stories.

Pan and her husband have worked the photography circuit for years, and were inspired to move into mum and baby photography when she became pregnant with her second child, who is now 15 months old.

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Jen Pan Photography January 28, 2016
The Magical World Of Breastfeeding – A stand against workplace discrimination

Recently I have read a few accounts of working mums who shared the difficulties they face at their work places with regards to expressing milk. One mum was told to stop expressing milk in the office as it was affecting her work efficiency. She was put under probation for assessment of her performance bonus. Another mum did not have a place to pump at work and asked for permission to pump at her own cubicle discreetly. Instead of encouraging her, she was told to consider to stop expressing milk as it was distracting to other colleagues even though she does it discreetly. Some of you may wonder if it was due to too much time lost at work, let's see.... On the average each pump session lasts about 20 minutes and it happens 2 times during working hours depending on individuals, there may be 1 session during lunch time but that does not count since it is her own time. I can't help but to wonder if these superiors are aware that they are actually displaying discrimination? Are they ignorant or are they just being difficult to breastfeeding mums?

For mummies who are experiencing discrimination at work place, please observe and share if your bosses are tolerant to other colleagues who "waste time" in other forms. Is it ok for people to go for smoke breaks 4 times a day and 15 min each time? Does smoking increase work efficiency? Should smokers be put on probation to be assess for work performance? Do your bosses think it is distracting to other colleagues when you use a feet massager while working? I truly am curious if the "horrible bosses" are being ignorant, if so,maybe we shouldn't be too quick to blame them but maybe try to educate or encourage them to be more understanding to expressing mums. While many companies have been supportive and encouraging to breastfeeding mummies who need to pump at work, there are many others who are not.

I hope soon more companies will eliminate discrimination and show more support to the mummies. Please do not ever think that they are just making an excuse to skive, if they don't pump out their milk, their babies will have no milk to drink and their boobs will swell and leak and eventually explode. Then they will be in pain, maybe start to develop mastitis (lumps in breasts, high fever) and they can't work on that day or even the next 2 days, even if they are sitting at the desk. Give them a few minutes to settle their mummy role and I am sure they will be a relieved, happy and efficient worker!

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Breastfeeding mum angrily 'sprays' milk at rude woman

A breastfeeding mother in the UK has been accused of squirting her milk at a woman who asked her to move out of sight of her "very easily distracted" husband. The incident is reported to have taken place at a public park in Dartford, near London.

The woman claiming to have been sprayed with breast milk took to a shared Facebook page to complain, but faced a backlash from commenters who sided with the mother.
"To the lady who thought it was appropriate to breastfeed her baby whist my child and very easily distracted husband sat nearby - I don't think it was necessary for you to react the way you did just because I asked you to go somewhere private, telling me to f**k off and squirting me with your boobs was incredibly uncalled for. I hope you are ashamed of yourself,"
However, under UK law, it is actually illegal to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place. While asking a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place is illegal in the UK, squirting someone with bodily fluids can also be classed as assault. Australia and the US have seen cases in recent years where milk sprayers have been charged with attacking police.

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This should be not about whether a mother could or should breastfeed in public but more about Decency, Discretion and Modesty especially when in full view of others. Looking at the photo which went viral, they appears lacking and in a case like this, can a mother be brought up for indecent public exposure or exhibitionism. What if it's a publicity stunt for the Mrs S'pore pageant???


And here is a caricature of a child breastfed in full view of public being fined S$50 for eating on MRT.