Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

Apology over breastfeeding comment

The BBC has apologised after a radio presenter compared breastfeeding in public to having sex in front of other people

The BBC has apologised after a radio presenter compared breastfeeding in public to having sex in front of other people.

Presenter James Hazell made the comment during a debate on BBC Radio Suffolk on Monday.

When one of his guests described breastfeeding as "the most natural thing in the world", he replied: "Next time you are out having a meal at a restaurant, on the basis that it (breastfeeding) is the most natural thing in the world, I will come in there with my wife and then make love right in front of you.

"The point being, you say it is the most natural thing in the world, and that is fine, but there are a lot of natural things that we don't do in public."

According to the Ipswich Evening Star, mother-of-two Laura Cardwell was angered by the "crass" comparison.

Ms Cardwell told the newspaper: "I was appalled. There is nothing more natural than nursing your baby.

"Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but surely the point of being a radio host is to broadcast issues and listen to listeners' feedback, not to push the host's views on to us."

A spokesman for the Breastfeeding Network said: "Breastfeeding is an entirely normal way to feed a baby and we're sure that Mr Hazell wouldn't want to hear a baby screaming out in public for want of a meal."

A BBC spokesman said: "We apologise if James Hazell's comments have caused offence to some of the audience.

"The comment was intended to stimulate a debate around the issues of breastfeeding in public and give listeners an opportunity to discuss the issue openly, and to voice opinions for both sides of the argument."

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