NEW mum Nikki Davis was reduced to tears after a fellow café customer said her ‘offensive’ breastfeeding was ‘putting her off her teacake’.
She was sitting with two other new mums, feeding eight-week-old daughter Dulcie, when she heard the woman call them the ‘mammary brigade’.
Ms Davis, 32, said: ‘This was really distressing to hear and actually made me cry.’ She and one of her friends confronted the customer to explain how the comments had upset her.
‘The woman responded stating she found it offensive, and we should feed our babies in the toilet,’ said Ms Davis, of Lawford, Essex. ‘This whole incident has really knocked my confidence as a new mum.
‘Ostracising us for doing something so natural does cause a lot of upset and has the potential to stop mums breastfeeding. It really is difficult, which is why the UK has some of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world, with only one per cent of babies still being exclusively breastfed at six months despite the health benefits.
‘My main hope is that people will be kind to breastfeeding mums. It is a tough job and we are doing our best.’
She would like businesses to register as baby-friendly locations to show they welcome breastfeeding mums.
Peter Taylor, owner of the Mistley Place Park Café, near Manningtree, Essex, where the row took place, said they were welcome there. ‘We have got no problem with women breastfeeding at all, as it’s just a natural thing to do.’