Breastfeeding Scots mums receive unwanted sexual attention as strangers 'eye them up' and make 'lewd' comments

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Scottish mums have received unwanted sexual attention from strangers while breastfeeding their baby, according to a new study.

A third of new mums said they had been 'eyed up' by someone they didn't know while feeding their child in a public place.

And eight per cent had even received 'lewd' comments while breastfeeding.

The study, by baby brand Tommee Tippee, found that Scottish mums had been tutted at, asked to cover up and even told to go elsewhere to feed.

In fact, a shocking one in 20 of the new mums polled had even been asked to leave a cafe or restaurant because they wouldn’t stop feeding their baby.

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It's little wonder that half of new mums in Scotland have felt so self-conscious about breastfeeding their baby when out and about that they’ve cut their trip short to go home and do it in private.

When it comes to the places that new mums feel least comfortable breastfeeding, sitting at a bus stop topped the list, followed by being on public transport, in a restaurant, and finally in a shop.

The study found that mums have gone to desperate measures to avoid stares and comments from strangers.

Two thirds of Scottish mums have hidden in a corner in order to breastfeed their baby, while almost half have fed their baby in their parked car so no one would see.

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A further two thirds will always use a scarf or pashmina to cover up while feeding when outside the home, while half have fed their baby in a public toilet to avoid the gaze of strangers.

The data found that a staggering 89 per cent of new mums think there is still a lot of stigma around breastfeeding in public.

And two thirds believe that if men were the ones who breastfed, it would be much more acceptable to do so when out and about.

Overall, a whopping two thirds of Scottish new mums said they’d been made to feel uncomfortable when breastfeeding their babies in public, according to the data.

Commenting on the research, Louise Broadbridge, Senior Midwife, said: “For the majority of new mums, the first few weeks are generally spent at home whilst both mum and baby get to grips with breastfeeding.

"However, there comes a point when it is time to venture out into the big wide world and that often means breastfeeding in public.

“For any new mum who feels nervous about feeding in public, remind yourself that what is important is meeting your baby's needs.

"We know many parents struggle in establishing breastfeeding, which has led them to switch to formula feeding. 

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"One of the most valuable things that expectant parents can do in preparation for breastfeeding is gain a really sound knowledge of how breastfeeding works.

"Understanding how milk volume can be maximised and latch problems avoided will make all the difference in your breastfeeding journey.”

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