FEED TIME: Amanda Mulcahy with her daughter Annabelle Smith and Misty Hayes with her daughter Tahlia Nikolajevs at Springfield Lakes for a preview for Baby’s Day Out event run by the Australian Breast Feeding Association Springfield and Surrounds Group.
FEED TIME: Amanda Mulcahy with her daughter Annabelle Smith and Misty Hayes with her daughter Tahlia Nikolajevs at Springfield Lakes for a preview for Baby’s Day Out event run by the Australian Breast Feeding Association Springfield and Surrounds Group. Sarah Harvey

Mothers standing up for a baby's right to feed

IT WILL be a dark day for Aussie mums if breastfeeding in public is every deemed inappropriate by society, Redbank mother-of-three Amanda Mulcahy said yesterday.

Ms Mulcahy, 32, a member of the Australian Breastfeeding Association, is among a group of mums who are advocating for the rights of women to breastfeed their babies without ridicule of prejudice.

"We want mothers to feel comfortable breastfeeding their children anywhere at anytime," she said.

"I honestly have no idea why anyone would object to that.

"It's a natural thing that should not be frowned upon in public.

"If it became inappropriate mums would feel forced to stay at home all the time."

This month, Ms Mulcahy will take part in a nationwide event to celebrate babies and their right to be fed wherever they are.

The annual event, called Baby's Day Out, will take place at Robelle Domain Parklands with a morning tea picnic at 9.30am on October 27.

ABA Springfield and Surrounds Group - which Ms Mulcahy is a part of - will be one of 200 ABA groups organising Baby's Day Out events across the country this year.

ABA president Rachel Fuller said her organisation was seeing a greater acceptance and encouragement of public breastfeeding.

"Community perceptions can be influenced by positive images and real-life examples," she said.

For more information visit Facebook.com/babysdayout

Tips to brave breastfeeding

  • Dress for (breastfeeding) success. Two-piece outfits or shirts that button will give the baby easier access to his lunch, and grant you more privacy.
  • Don't let your baby get so hungry that he starts to fuss and cry. It's much easier to breastfeed discreetly if you're both calm.
  • Know your rights so you can stick up for yourself and your baby's right to breastfeed.


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