It’s been one year since 60+ mums took to the cold streets of Brighton and fed their layered up little ones to show their community, feeding is public is not only normal but completely necessary. Hard to believe a year has passed since the media furor over the incident which lead to the flash mob. I was on my own, feeding my 4 month old, minding my own business when a group of fellow diners [...]
Excepts from our baby feeding picnic. Thoughts from women in our community about breastfeeding and peer support.
Last week was National Breastfeeding Week in the UK, aimed at raising awareness and promoting support for mums who want to breastfeed. We’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s posts on their thoughts and activities. Six months after the Brighton Breastfeeding Flashmob, I decided to go ultra low key and organised a baby feeding picnic, where mums can feed together and share their experiences.
Just in case you had your head in a paper bag these last few days (with holes in of course) this week is National Breastfeeding Week in the UK. Designed to raise awareness of breastfeeding and the positive effects for mum and baby. We don’t often talk about the challenges but we’d be lying if we said there weren’t hurdles along the way. In this guest post, Greatvine expert and independent breastfeeding counsellor Nicola Dunford [...]
Pregnancy was such an utterly exciting time for me, there was everything to look forward to; but on the other hand immediately after discovering I was pregnant, I was left in charge of a failing pub. At around 28 weeks along, the pub changed hands and I found myself without a job, without maternity pay and without a career to eventually return to.
Sam runs Mummy Looks Fab (an online maternity and nursing clothes store which is rather fab). Living in Shoreham By Sea with her partner and two children, Jensen and Seren. She shares with us what she thinks is great about Brighton.
It was the first Breastfeeding Flash Mob in the South East, outside of the capital and a raging success. Over 60 women took part last Thursday, feeding their babies at The Clocktower in the city centre at 1pm. It was on the back of public bullying I had received in a cafe by members of the public. The Argus headline stated, ‘Brighton breastfeeding flash mob creates a media frenzy’ and they weren’t far from the [...]
Breastfeed Flash Mob is on. Thursday 15th December, 1pm, The Clocktower. We have chosen a central public venue, where there is space to be seated but also be noticed. The weather is predicted to be clear next week (i.e. no rain) but we will have an indoor Plan B venue lined up. We’ve made it lunchtime so if there’s friends or supporters working nearby who want to pop down, they could do so in their [...]
This morning I was told by a group of fellow diners in my favourite vegetarian cafe that the sight of my breastfeeding was unpleasant. It is just another example of the warped attitude towards public nursing this nation has. After a swimming session, me and my 4 month old grabbed a late breakfast at Wai kika moo kau. The staff are friendly, the food is good and I always feel comfortable enough to feed there. [...]
Confusion arose yesterday when a lady was asked to move from the poolside when she started to breastfeed her child. Unfortunately the duty manager didn’t handle the situation very well leading the mother to feel discriminated against and generally unsure of the pool’s policy. They have acknowledged this fully and are now exploring how better they can cater for breastfeeding mothers. Tracey, from Brighton had been sat at the edge of the pool as a [...]