One in six mothers report receiving ‘unwanted sexual attention’ while breastfeeding – while women call out men on social media because they feel ‘indecent’ and ‘ashamed’
- 16% of women have received sexual attention while breastfeeding, surveys show
- Mothers reported that they were “looked up” and received “obscene comments” from strangers
- Twitter users shared their shocking stories when they were told it was “indecent.”
- Others beat men for “sexualizing” breastfeeding, saying it’s “natural.”
Women have beaten men for feeling ‘ashamed’ of breastfeeding in public.
Women from all over the world told stories about how they were told it is “indecent” to take care of their babies because breasts are designed “for the sexual pleasure of men.”
It comes after research by British company Tommee Tippee that as many as 16 percent of mothers had received unwanted sexual attention while breastfeeding in public.
One-sixth of the 1,000 women’s survey said they had been “looked at by someone they didn’t know.” Meanwhile, 8 percent said they received “lewd comments.”
Women from all over the world told stories of how they were told it is “indecent” to take care of their babies because breasts are designed “for the sexual pleasure of men.” Stock Image
Women took to Twitter stories about the criticism they had received of breastfeeding in public
In general, unwanted attention was a theme among respondents: 62 percent said they had “been looked at by strangers,” and 25 percent said they had received “offensive comments.”
The experience was echoed by social media users, who shared their own horror stories and criticized the sexualization of ‘the most natural in the world’.
One tweeted, “People who think a woman who breastfeeds her baby is sexually serious need professional help.”
Another reported: “Breasts are not a sexual organ, so if you have a problem with women breastfeeding their baby, then you are the problem.”
Women around the world were untied to exchange horror stories and shout out critics
A third wrote sarcastically, “How dare we ruin the sexual look with a baby in the way. How dare we behave like mammals? After giving three kids (one of them still going) I have heard all the annoying comments I think. ‘
The data was released on the occasion of National Breastfeeding Week, which begins today.
Research shows that breastfeeding mothers will change their plans to avoid breastfeeding in public because they are so concerned with strangers’ reactions.
More than a quarter said they had been chewed, while 27 percent had been told by a stranger to go elsewhere to eat.
Women pointed out that breastfeeding is the “most natural” and claimed it was the critics who “needed help”
One in ten had been asked by restaurant or cafe staff to cover up or leave the premises.
It comes as a separate study by Lansinoh, a breastfeeding company, that mothers were more nervous about public nursing due to the coronavirus crisis.
Midwife and antenatal educator Marley Hall, who worked with the brand, said of the findings, “Having a baby during the rest period has proven difficult for many women, especially when contact and support from family and friends is limited.
As things slowly return to normal, thinking about breastfeeding along the way can be worrying for women and it’s important that they can do this with ease, positivity and confidence.
The World Health Organization has made it clear that women should continue to feed their babies normally, as the benefits outweigh the risks associated with Covid-19.
“It’s also good to remember that many breastfeeding mothers can feel the same fear and more women are on a similar journey.”