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Breastfeeding Protest To Be Held In York City Centre

Minster FM News Generic

11:54am 15th March 2014

A group of women and nursing mother's are expected to turn up and protest in the centre of York this lunchtime to help promote breast feeding in public.

The campaign was started after 27 year old mother, Emily Slough from Staffordshire found a photo of herself on Facebook earlier this week labelling her a "tramp" for breastfeeding her daughter in public.

Ms Slough is expecting more than 1000 people to turn up to her planned event in Rugeley, which is similar to the events also taking place in York and Swansea this afternoon.  

York's leading breast feeding support group Treasure Chest has spoken out in response to the recent news, and though not political in nature, the organisation recognises that all mums whether they feed their child with a breast or a bottle should be able to do so in public without criticism or judgement.

Chair of the Treasure Chest group  Katherine Odom said: "Many mums can feel that breastfeeding their child in public is a barrier for them and we hope this lone incident doesn't put mums or prospective mothers off breastfeeding when there are so many benefits for both mum and baby.

"There are many organisations like Treasure Chest, who can support women in their breastfeeding goals.

"Breastfeeding in public without harassment is a right every women should have- in fact it is protected by law in the Equality Act of 2010, and we can give practical tips and friendly support to help mums overcome any reservations they may have."

If any women feel that the idea of breastfeeding in public may prevent them choosing to breastfeed, or indeed if they have any breastfeeding issues at all, Treasure Chest can offer information and support at www.treasurechest.org.uk or through their Facebook page - Treasure Chest and Beyond.

Anyone wanting to join in the protest is welcome to come along and gather with other protesters on Parliament Street at 12pm.

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