Breast-feeding is a right, just like freedom of speech

Zella believes there is too much pressure on women to look the 'right way'                   Shutterstock

ZELLA COMPTON: Men – educate yourselves about what feminism really is. Stop being so frightened.

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Breast-feeding in public has been national news in the past week for one reason or another.

It’s a sensitive subject that can get many hot under the collar, or feeding top.

Of course, it’s one of the most natural things in the world for we humans.

That’s what breasts are for at the end of the day.

But for men, our breasts are normally kept under layers of clothing, certainly when we’re out and about.

So when a bit more of a female breast can be seen, we often don’t know where to look.

If I do glance, will I make the mum feel uncomfortable too?

How long is it acceptable to look for?

Will she know I’m looking out of interest and nothing else?

My wife Sarah only breast-fed for a couple of weeks, but her sister fed her little girl for a long while and I have to admit, I felt a bit uncomfortable when she came over and fed her while we were having a cup of tea.

Now, I fully understand this is my problem.

I’m a man and my relationship with boobs is a very different one to the other half of the world’s population.

One thing breast-feeding must never become is anti-social.

It’s not like smoking a cigarette sitting outside a restaurant.

As a former smoker, I’d certainly not light up if others were close by enjoying an al fresco lunch.

But one thing I wouldn’t want, is for a woman to have to move somewhere more discreet to breast-feed her baby.

As if the whole operation of making it discreet wasn’t difficult enough in the first place – wearing a poncho like Clint Eastwood in a Spaghetti Western, then manoeuvring baby underneath said blanket while lowering your special feeding garment to make lunch for baby available.

So I admit it, seeing someone breast-feeding does make me feel a little uncomfortable.

But that’s my problem and I have to get over it.

For me, breast-feeding is a God-given right, just like freedom of speech, whether you agree with it or not.