A pub in Australia has hit the headlines for throwing open its doors to mums who need somewhere to breastfeed their babies.
The Mirror reports:
The Royal Hotel in Gympie, Queensland, has gone viral after staff put a sign outside welcoming anyone wishing to feed their child. And the manager even said she's seen more cleavage flesh when she's on a night out than when a mum's breastfeeding a baby.
Breastfeeding mums will even be given a free cup of tea. The venue posted this on its Facebook page:
Now's a good time to remind you all that we welcome breastfeeding mums at the Royal. We offer a free cuppa with no strings attached. You're absolutely not obligated to order a meal. Just come in, take a load off on one of our couches and feed bub in air conditioned comfort. Bottle feeding parents, you're obviously welcome also and the same offer applies. We also have nappy changing facilities. I was appalled to hear that recently, a cafe in our town ordered some feeding mums to "cover up or leave"!! Like really??? I see more boob on a Saturday night in the pub than I do when someone is feeding their baby. Folks need to get over it!! Breastfeed those babies with us anytime ladies.
Now the cynics among you might think this was just a canny move on the part of the pub owners to attract media attention and more customers, but I completely adore this move.
I can't say I've ever encountered any grief when breastfeeding my babies (of which there were three) when they were little, but it's well documented that plenty of mums struggle to find welcoming places to feed their little ones. So it's heartening to hear of venue owners catching on to the notion that making better provision for breastfeeding mums just makes sense.
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