I've always shopped at SM. The store is convenient and I loved that they h'ave a breastfeeding station. I found out recently that one of my friends got reprimanded for breastfeeding in public and this evoked several emotions from me --- disgust, disbelief, appalled, sad -- for several reasons.
One: SM has prided itself as a breastfeeding friendly mall. So how come the guard said that its forbidden to breastfeed in public? My friend was even wearing a breastfeeding top and with a baby latched on to her, I don't think she'll be that exposed. I know because I've done that several times. What kind of policy do they have?
Second: how can feeding your child be something that the management forbids anyone to do? If that is the case then maybe we should reprimand those moms who are formula feeding their babies inside the malls too. Don't get me wrong. I think breastfeeding is a choice. But if we come to look at it breastfeeding and formula feeding is the same if we think of it this way: a hungry baby equals need to drink milk
Third: How can something so natural be so wrong? Our breasts are created for certain reasons and one of which is to provide nourishment and be able to feed our babies.
I don't know if it's coincidence or this is something that the SM malls impose nationwide. Apparently this not only happened in SM Megamall but in Davao as well. I say this has to be addressed.
To all breastfeeding moms, know our rights. It doesn't mean that if a mall has a breastfeeding station that we are not allowed to nurse our baby inside their premises. Reach out to Eliza Santiago-Ypon if you have encountered the same experience. Like what she said
"This is (sooo) far from over!"
Please read an update of the incident here.
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