It still surprises me to read questions like these on Facebook parenting pages
“Does anyone know where I can breastfeed my baby at Sydney airport?”
“I am hoping to go shopping at Woden Mall I am worried my daughter will be hungry. Is there a breastfeeding room?”
“Can anyone tell me the nearest place to breastfeed near Southbank?”
What surprises me about it is that the answers are usually along the lines of directions to bathrooms, or baby change facilities. What surprises me is that the questions are asked at all because the answer to all three questions above is simply the same.
Breastfeeding mothers in Australia have the right to feed their children literally anywhere.
According to Slater and Gordon Lawyer Vicky Antzoulatos if a person is legally allowed to be in a certain place, they also have the right to breastfeed there.
“A mother’s right to breastfeed any time or place they need to is now well established and protected by federal law,” Ms Antzoulatos said.
You would think that by 2015 we would just take it for granted wouldn't you? Hungry kid? Feed them. Simple.
But it isn't that simple sadly. And never has been.