Redi Thlabi breastfeeding on air ignites debate

By admin
05 February 2014

Breastfeeding in public has always been a sensitive issue and attention turned to breastfeeding in the workplace after Redi Thlabi took her firstborn, Neo (nearly four months), to work this morning.

Breastfeeding in public has always been a sensitive issue and attention turned to breastfeeding in the workplace after Redi Thlabi took her firstborn, Neo (nearly four months), to work this morning.

The Radio 702 presenter explained on air that not having electricity resulted in her expressed breast milk needing to be thrown away.

“No electricity meant no milk for baby,” she wrote on Twitter. “All the expressed breast milk had to be thrown out. So @Radio702, I'm bringing my daughter to work.”

Then she jokingly added that she might not have a job after today.

Some of her followers were unimpressed with Neo being fed on air. Why are we bringing our kids to work to feed them?” Lucian Le Grange asked. “And why should it be okay? Is that not a private at home thing?”

Others defended taking babies to work, like Avital Maraney. “So if our babies are out + hungry we should rather let them starve then be seen eating in public?”

Yashfa MK said more South African women should have workplaces with breastfeeding friendly practices and policies.

Another follower, @milkmatters, applauded Redi for being a working mom while breastfeeding saying she is “a prime example of how you can do both”.

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