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Top restaurants ban breastfeeding

A survey has discovered that 17 per cent of the UK's top restaurants prohibit breast feeding in public
Despite the health benefits and a high profile campaign to promote the practice headed by Charlotte Church, a survey has discovered that 17 per cent of the UK's top restaurants prohibit breast feeding in public, instead forcing mothers to go to toilets or lobbies to feed their child.

In some eateries mothers were even less welcome and seven per cent of restaurants studied placed a complete ban on mothers wishing to breastfeed in their establishments. Just 15 per cent said that breastfeeding was allowed as long as it was conducted in a discreet manner but would prefer to be notified of the requirement in advance.

In April the government announced that a new law will be introduced as part of the Single Equities Bill saying that mothers must not be asked to leave public places in England and Wales while breastfeeding their child. In November 2004 MSPs in the Scottish Parliament voted to impose fines of up to £2,500 on any cafe, restaurant, pub or shop in Scotland which bans breastfeeding on its premises. The law also applies to public transport.

Lucy Symons, spokeswoman for Kamillosan Chamomile Ointment that conducted the survey, said it is "ridiculous" that this situation still exists in the modern age.

"Breastfeeding is hard enough for new mums without worrying whether they will be allowed to feed their baby while meeting friends for lunch or be asked to leave like a criminal," she added.

A major health campaign is currently under way to encourage mothers to breastfeed as it is believed to have various benefits including combating disease and even boosting IQ.

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what do these people think that our breasts were made for,surely not decoration! i don't care if my baby is hungry i'm going to flop out my breast and stick it in his mouth.after all it's my body it belongs to me,if i'm not ashamed for it to be seen,whats the problem?i think most people would rather have a tit out in the open than to have a squalling,s my tit if they have a problem they need to turn there head.thats why it's capable of turning from side to side,even if they aparently don't have anything in there head.
by squishiez3 20th Mar 2009, 9:13am
Surely if you are asked to leave you can always refuse and suggest that they call the police to remove you or calmly ask the people around you in a loud voice if they object to you feeding your child under your jumper for the next half hour. I'm sure they wouldn't object and I'm not sure that any resturant would go as far as having you forcibly removed from the biulding after all its not illegal.
by Sonya1 8th Oct 2008, 9:07am
Can we find out which restaurants have a breastfeeding ban please
by JOJACK 19th Aug 2008, 8:40am