Some 678 mothers and their babies demonstrated on City Hall Square Monday
against what they see as discrimination, in restaurants and cafés being able
to decide whether to permit public breast-feeding.
The event, held under the slogan ‘They’re only breasts’, has been contrived by
Blogger Trine Maria Larsen in a reaction against a recent Equality Board
decision, which left it up to restaurants and cafés to decide whether they
would allow women to openly breast-feed in their establishments.
“It’s breast-feeding on City Hall Square. Not a séance in which people dance
around naked and burn their nursing bras,” Larsen says.
“Since I organised the event and it bears my name, I want to make sure that
it’s not a shrill debate but a quiet sit-down that shows it’s not that bad
to breast-feed. We’re not doing it to offend people. It’s something we’re
advised to do and it would be nice to be able to live a normal life among
others while we’re breast-feeding,” she says.
While Larsen says she does not expect a red carpet to be rolled out for her
just because she’s a mother, she is tired of being discriminated against.
She says she has experienced being told by other guests at a café, that the
fact that she was nursing was disgusting.
“They likened it to going to the toilet while you’re eating,” she says.
“We want to show people how many of us there are. We are unhappy with the fact
that a court can make such a decision. I don’t like the direction the issue
has taken. Although restaurant owners are allowed to say no to us, I hope
they don’t,” she says.
The Danish Health and Medicines Authority advises mothers to breast-feed their
babies fully for the first six months and partially from six to 12 months or
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