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The Voice debate: Should breastfeeding in public be banned?

DEBATE: The Voice newspaper asked its readers - Should mums be banned from breastfeeding in public?

SATURDAY MARKED the start of World Breastfeeding Week (Aug 1-7).

Where some say it's the most natural thing in the world and should be done whenever and wherever, others don't think it's appropriate for mothers to nurse out in the open, so The Voice asked: Should mums be banned from breastfeeding in public?

The responses came in thick and fast. See what you had to say, here:

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"I have no problem with women breastfeeding but sometimes a little discretion is needed. On Monday at my doctors surgery in the waiting room a mother openly whipped out her breast to feed her toddler. A young boy was seated opposite her and was visibly embarrassed and his mother looked a little pissed off too. The woman should've considered other people's kids and positioned her child on.her lap before whipping her ninnies out or better still, used a nursing blanket.

"I see this behaviour regularly. I'm a mother of two, I don't want to see breastfeeding in public banned, but some mother's need to show the consideration they want people to give them to others." - Donna Woolcock

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"No they shouldn't, people need to stop being so dyam hypocritical; they're perfectly happy to see breasts, and bare breasts at that, on TV or wherever, yet a nursing mother offends them kmt." - Stacey Saunders

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"It shouldn't be allowed in public. The naked body should be covered up, and kept behind doors. Women need to have more respect for their bodies and modesty. Babies should be nursed at home and fed with a bottle when outdoors." - Mikel Jowella

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"Pro Breastfeeding - mothers should be able to feed whenever & wherever they wish. So what if it offends others. If you feel "uncomfortable" don't look!!!! FACT - Woman have breasts to feed babies!!!! Absolutely ridiculous!!!" - Louisa Lemonious

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"The sick minds will always blame the good nature. Babies should be breastfed anytime when the babies want nature-milk and anywhere even in the market square." - Mensu Ize-Okhae

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"Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but at the end of the day it's completely legal for me to breastfeed in public, and I will continue to do so regardless of what other people think I should be doing." - Julie Garcia Kinder

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"Yes..should be done in privacy!!" - Jo Aloia Harter

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"Nursing is as natural and beautiful as eating at a table to enjoy a meal. The more common it is to see it in public, the less shocking or taboo it will be for young children or grown men to see it. I look forward to seeing all the life giving breasts in public today!!!! #latchon" - Ayanna Nelson-Freeman

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"When is the month when males are allowed to masturbate in public?" - Arvin Borkar

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"I don't think it's right for mothers to just whip out the breasts. Other people may not be as 'free' as them and will feel uncomfortable. I don't think it should be banned, but I think all mums should be required to use a nursing blanket to cover up." - Marlena May

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"Babies need to be fed, anytime, anywhere they need feeding. Just like anybody. Do we try and ban you? Especially when people who do not have a decorum way of eating especially when in public. And mothers do coverup when they are breast feeding." - Shirley John

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"It seems like some people are more about how they feel when breast feeding or how other people are thinking/feeling. The fact remains when your child is hungry wether in public or not you have to feed him, this thing is natural. Any person who is offended by that should seek help from professionals." - Mfetane Kelebonye

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"Thanks to new technology, women can express their milk at home. So the baby gets the goodness of breast milk, and we don't have to see boobs all over the place outside! I say ban in it in public to stop people feeling uncomfortable." - Joanna Paul

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"Well done to all the mum's who breastfeed their babies. Most tend to use a privacy blanket but it has to be the woman's choice. I breastfed my children over 30 years ago without a blanket and couldn't care less what anyone thought. Society today judges people on the wrong things. Breastfeeding is a natural gift and should be celebrated not condemned!" - Ruth Wilson

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The Equality Act 2010 has made it illegal for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place, such as a cafe, shop or public transport.

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