A busy mother in Yuzhou, Henan province was recently stopped by police for breastfeeding her 18 month old son while driving a moped, People’s Daily reports.
According to witnesses, the young mother was weaving her scooter through traffic while holding her son on her lap. When the boy started crying the woman popped out a breast to ameliorate him (note: this tactic also works for testy adult male passengers).
Unsurprisingly — or surprisingly, given the amount of un-helmeted, un-seatbelted children you see on the roads in China — the woman was pulled over by police and threatened with confiscation of her bike if she continued threatening “her life, her son’s life and the lives of all the other road users”, a police spokesperson told reporters.
Had the woman been in Zhengzhou, she could have used the
shame curtain lactation rooms on public buses there to breastfeed in peace and (relative) safety.
At least she was breastfeeding, rather than depending on expensive, potentially dangerous milk formula. Right?