Dorset mums show support to breastfeeding woman labelled a 'tramp'

SUPPORT: Mums and children backing National Breastfeeding Awareness Week on Weymouth seafront

SUPPORT: Mums and children backing National Breastfeeding Awareness Week on Weymouth seafront

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

GROUPS of Dorset mums have expressed their support of a woman who was branded a ‘tramp’ for breastfeeding her baby in public.

A picture of Emily Slough was posted on Facebook alongside the derogatory comment after she was snapped feeding eight-month-old baby Matilda in Rugeley, Staffordshire.

The anonymous post, which has now been removed, said: “I know the sun is out n all that but there’s no need to let your kid feast on your nipple in town!!! trampled.”

In response Ms Slough organised a demonstration in Rugeley town centre, at which some women breastfed their babies.

Similar events were held elsewhere across the country including Swansea, York and Milton Keynes.

Her campaign has also attracted support online, including Facebook – and now supporters in Dorset are backing the determined mum.

Emma Gale, a Dorset breastfeeding peer support group co-ordinator, said: “We see breasts in papers, magazines, on the internet and on the television – it is part of the norm.

“The problem was with the intimate relationship between a mother and her child, a mother breastfeeding her child.

“How can this be seen as grotesque or ‘tramp’ like behaviour?”

WEYMOUTH and Portland Breastfriends groups include:

  • Fridays, 10am to noon, Mulberry Children’s Centre, Commercial Road, Weymouth. 01305 786367
  • Tuesdays 9.30am to 11.30am, St Francis of Asissi Church Hall, Merridin Close, Weymouth
  • Thursdays 11am to 1pm, Outlooks Children’s Centre, Castle Road, Portland. 01305 823794

For more information, including the location of other groups around Dorset, please email emma@realbabymilk.org

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