An online debate has been sparked after a breastfeeding mother who was asked to move reacted by squirting milk at the woman who posed the question.
Breastfeeding in public has been a hotly debated topic in recent years. While there are many women who likely don't feel comfortable breastfeeding their baby in public, there are a great many mothers who have no issue with it, and why should they? It is completely natural and a baby isn't necessarily going to wait for the privacy of home to let it known that he or she is hungry.
Whether seeing someone breastfeeding makes you feel uncomfortable or not, there are laws in place to protect a woman's right to do so. The Equality Act 2010 made it illegal to even ask a breastfeeding mother to move along when in public. That includes places such as cafes, stores, and also on public transport.
Clearly, a certain woman in a park in Kentish Town, UK isn't totally up to date on the law. According to a post made by the woman on Facebook, courtesy of the Daily Mail, she asked a breastfeeding mother in Dartford Park to go somewhere more private. She stated that she asked because her child and "easily distracted husband," her words, were there. The mom in question responded by squirting her with milk, apparently straight from the source.
While we haven't yet seen the milk squirting mom respond to the post, she has unsurprisingly received a lot of support from others. Most have understandably taken the side of the breastfeeding mom, pointing out that she has every right to feed her child wherever she likes. There has also been a lot of attention aimed at the husband. If he is that easily distracted, that's an issue he and his wife need to hammer out at home.
There is a long list of things that people seem to enjoy getting outraged over, but let's not go down that rabbit hole right now. We are here to focus on the breastfeeding in public issue, something that shouldn't even be an issue. Not only is it something entirely natural, and moms should not be made to feel uncomfortable by doing it, but they are quite literally protected by law. As funny as the above story is, the woman who asked the mother to move along was actually breaking the law by doing so. As for the retaliation, we're not sure whether the legal definition of assault covers squirting breast milk.