Many new mothers worry about breastfeeding in public. A survey in 2015 showed that more than a third of mothers felt anxious about breastfeeding in public. Mothers often worry that someone will comment about their breastfeeding, or ask them to leave. It is easy to believe that this is likely, because we see news headlines and high profile stories when this does happen.
The reality is that the majority of people in the UK support breastfeeding. The same survey showed that over 70% of people are supportive of breastfeeding in public. And only a minority of mothers (1 in 10) had actually experienced someone commenting or approaching them about breastfeeding.
It is easy to read the papers and think otherwise, but most mothers who breastfeed in public do so without anyone approaching or confronting them. Here are some facts to support you: