Pingxiang city in Jiangxi province becomes one of the few cities in China to offer special seats that allow mothers to breastfeed in private while on public transport.
These special seats are easy to spot with their pink curtains for privacy. Thankfully, other passengers can still use the seat when it’s free, but when mothers do get on the bus drivers will ask people to move. Hopefully people will move on their own without being asked.
The World Health Organisation released a survey in 2013 showing that China’s percentage of breast feeding mothers comes in low at 28 percent, way below the global average of 40 percent.
As breastfeeding has numerous health benefits for newborn children, China’s State Council has looked into the reason for the low rates of breastfeeding, with many experts blaming the lack of breastfeeding mothers on a number of factors which include a lack of facilities.
As China hopes to raise the percentage to 50 percent by 2020, hopefully more public facilities will make breastfeeding less taboo in the future.
Certainly a step forward in the right direction, but lets try and come up with a better name than “lactation room“, shall we?
By Kitty Lai
[Images via CCTV News]