'If it offends you, look away' Linda Mtoba on breastfeeding in public

Linda Mtoba breastfeeding at a public space
Linda Mtoba breastfeeding at a public space

Breastfeeding in public has always been something that people frown upon. Some even go to the extremes of saying that it is public indecency!

Linda Mtoba seems to disagree with this negative thinking and we agree with her.

Also read: Woman disowned by her best friend after she breastfed her son while babysitting

"I really don’t give much thought to feeding my daughter in public, she needs to eat so I feed her," she recently shared with a glam pic on Instagram. 

"I thought maybe I’d be anxious about it, but speaking to other mommies truly gave me the confidence I needed to do it" she admitted. 

No shame

In response to one comment, Linda said "If it offends you, look away."

"Mommies, it’s ok to breastfeed our babies in public and not feel any shame for it," she shared, no doubt encouraging a whole new generation of women to proudly feed their babies where and when they need to.

This is sadly still an ongoing debate, but most people agree with Linda that it shouldn't be a big deal that women breastfeed in public.

Also read: To breastfeed or not to breastfeed? A-Bundlely Blessed Diaries #8

Celeb support

Luckily many celebrity moms promote breastfeeding, Rachel Kolisi included.

In 2018, during the World Breastfeeding Week (1 August - 7 August), she posted a picture of herself breastfeeding her youngest baby. 

Another proud mom is Ntando Duma:

Mom Zolani Mahola posted "Because our mothers did it anywhere and everywhere when we were hungry":


See more local celeb moms supporting breastfeeding here: 5 local celeb mommies who celebrate public breastfeeding 

We asked our readers what they think about breastfeeding in public.

A whole 10% think women should breastfeed at home, all hope is not lost though because 47% are annoyed why this is still a conversation we're having in 2020 because women should breastfeed anywhere. 43%  say it's okay but just cover up when you do it.


Why the stigma?

Some say it's because society has sexualised everything and because of that, when a woman breastfeeds in public, it is seen as indecent. 

But honestly, why anyone would oppose such a natural thing? 

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What do you think of public breastfeeding? DO we have a yay or nay from you?

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