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The hostility faced by breastfeeding workers

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One of my most memorable party moments was when, upon searching for my friend in a packed nightclub, I finally found her sitting in a corner of the chill-out room, breast pump in hand, expressing milk. Her baby had been born a few months earlier. I was filled with immense pride, not only because she had treated herself to a big night out but also because she didn’t care where she was and who was around: it was time to release some milk from her breasts and that was that.

Breastfeeding is good for both mother and baby's health.Credit:Shutterstock

I can’t recall any of the revellers even glancing twice in her direction let alone voicing discontent, so it’s with some surprise to know the voicing of discontent is indeed still alive in workplaces despite opportunities for privacy being far more extensive – and despite a multitude of public voices calling for more mothers to breastfeed their kids for the betterment of overall population health.

Breastfeeding workers are regularly made to feel........

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