Breastfeeding seems so mundane, so ordinary, so boring, so blah- that its hard to imagine that it could be anything close to shocking. To the amazement of most the topic of breastfeeding and breast milk has made headlines recently. While one may think that breastfeeding in the news might pertain to the recent upsurge in breastfeeding activism, they would be wrong. Shocking, bizarre, and outrageous incidents have brought breastfeeding to the front pages of our favourite news sites. Here is a rundown of some of the most recent shocking breastfeeding incidents.
Woman breastfeeds wrong baby-
In a shocking incident that keeps happening again, and again, and again women across the globe are given the wrong baby in the hospital to breastfeed! With all the security measures taken, it’s pretty shocking to think that not one woman has been given the wrong baby to breastfeed, but that several have! Hopefully the media spot-light on these shocking incidents will not only keep more mothers aware about this possible issue, but encourage hospitals and birthing centers to pay closer attention to such details.
Woman squirts police officer with breast milk-
Breastfeeding advocates often joke about squirting people with breast milk because of the sheer oddity of the behavior. In one completely bizarre incident, one woman did- and to a police officer! On a call for domestic dispute, while trying to remove the intoxicated woman from the car, she squirted them with breast milk from an exposed part of her chest!
City passes anti-breastfeeding ordinance-
Breastfeeding activists, and just plain regular nursing mothers banded together to fight the Forest Park extended breastfeeding ban. The officials who tried to pass the ordinance said that it was a bunch of hullabaloo about nothing, and wasn’t meant to trample mother or infant rights. People came out in full support of nursing in public, as there was much shock and worry that such an ordinance would pass.
Woman asked to get off of bus while breastfeeding-
Another incident that caused breastfeeding activists to come out in full force, showing their support for breastfeeding in public, a young Detroit mother was kicked off the bus. What could she have done to cause such a fervor? She was breastfeeding her two-week old son! The bus company has claimed it doesn’t have a breastfeeding policy, and that is perfectly alright since the state of Michigan does. According to Michigan law, breastfeeding is exempt from public nudity laws.
In a world-wide distressing incident, a 15 month old was removed from it’s mothers care by Spanish authorities when she refused to wean. Condemnation of the separation poured in from all sides. A Facebook page called ‘We Are All Habiba’ sprang up, and is now over 9,000 strong. Fortunately, after 3 weeks separation, the mother and child were reunited. Many have been compelled to continue the fight against incidents like this, and it is with hope that they never happen again that we move forward.
What is the most shocking breastfeeding incident that you have heard about?