You’ll want to cheer when you read this mum’s story.
It’s hard to believe this kind of thing still happens in Australia, but it does.
Last Saturday, Harsh Ugarte was breastfeeding her eight-month-old baby girl on a couch at a shopping centre in the Sydney suburb of Marrickville. The security guard interrupted her and tried to move her on.
“There’s a room for that,” he told her. “You can’t do that here.”
Harsh let him know that she wanted to feed her baby there, not in the parents’ room. He kept telling her to move, “about three times” she remembers.
“I told him that it was my legal right to feed in public but he only left when my husband told him,” Harsh says to iVillage Australia. “I am thick-skinned and a second-time parent – I still felt embarrassed and shamed.”
Harsh explains that she didn’t want to use the parents’ room. “We were running late and hubby was simply paying for our stuff, and the child was hungry. The parents’ room is on the other side of the centre. Also, those places frequently smell horrible.”
Some women would have just gone home and tried to forget the whole thing, but not Harsh. She went to speak to centre management, but the office was closed. So she shared her story with her mums' group on Facebook, and got a huge amount of support.
A couple of mums said they would have squirted the security guard with their boobs. Others were all set to organise a breastfeeding sit-in.
Some shared their experiences of being forced to feed their children in toilets at restaurants.