Breast-feeding advocates believe that the more famous mums who nurse, the more accepted the practice will become.
Why, you ask? Because if you’re a celebrity, people pay attention to what you do. They copy your hairstyle (if you’re Jennifer Aniston), your zany style (if you’re Lady Gaga) and your propensity for breast-feeding in public (if you’re Gwen Stefani or Salma Hayek or, most recently, Beyoncé). Or at least that’s the hope.
So it was that breast-feeding advocates rejoiced when Beyoncé appeared to nurse her 7-week-old daughter, Blue Ivy, at a Manhattan restaurant last month. It was a shot in the arm for public breast-feeding, which has been waging a public-relations war in recent months as mothers have held nurse-ins across the country to normalise the concept of feeding hungry babies in public rather than retreating to bathrooms or other private, out-of-the-way spaces.
How have you found breast-feeding – difficult, easy, acceptable or challenging in public ?