Hollie McNish rejects public shaming for breastfeeding her daughter
I have breastfed four babies. I’m a big fan. I know all the arguments to support it. But I’ve never heard anything quite like this.
Listen to Hollie McNish, a published UK poet and spoken word artist, expose what it is like to be publicly shamed for breastfeeding in this You Tube video. Then tell me women don’t have a right to breast feed in public.
“I thought it was OK.
I could understand the reasons.
They said: there might be a man or nervous child seeing this small piece of flesh that they weren’t quite expecting.
So I whispered and tiptoed with nervous discretion.
But after 6 months of her life sat sitting on lids,
Sipping on milk, nostrils sniffing on piss,
Trying not to bang her head on toilet roll dispensers,
I wonder if these public loo feeds offend her,
‘Cause I’m getting tired of discretion and being polite.
My baby’s first sips are drown-drenched in shite…”