Belfast Telegraph

Mum told not to breastfeed in Belfast Pizza Express

By Staff Reporter

A former health minister has called on businesses in Northern Ireland to ensure breastfeeding mothers and babies are supported and not stigmatised.

Sinn Fein MP Michelle Gildernew urged local businesses to fully commit to the Public Health Agency's (PHA) Breastfeeding Welcome Here programme "in order to promote and normalise breastfeeding and challenge the social stigma that is attached to breastfeeding, particularly in relation to breastfeeding in public places".

It comes after a mother out for lunch with her newborn son and her husband at a restaurant in Belfast's Victoria Square was told she could not breastfeed there.

Make-up-artist Lisa Wilson (28) later said she felt humiliated, and Pizza Express later said they would ensure it didn't happen again.

Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Ms Gildernew said: "Discrimination towards mothers who breastfeed is unacceptable.

"No mother should ever be discouraged or made feel guilty for breastfeeding her baby in public."

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