To promote their cause, mothers in Fujian province aren’t just organizing breastfeeding flash mobs, they are also sitting down to breastfeed their kids in conspicuous places around town, drawing attention from passersby.
In the middle of the street, at work, inside the mall and while waiting for the bus, these women are all asking for more public breastfeeding rooms to be introduced around town.
To critics that tell them to just breastfeed inside the public bathrooms, they say: “Think about it, would you want to eat in the toilet?”
Currently, China has a breastfeeding rate of just 28%, much lower than the rate of most of the rest of the developed world, according to CRI. This has been the case for quite some time now with a decades-long propaganda campaign dissuading Chinese mothers from breastfeeding blamed for the disparity.
In recent years, the Chinese government has sought to release mothers from the grip of big baby formula by considering a ban on infant formula advertisements and encouraging special “lactation spaces” in public places and apps to help locate them.
However, thus far, the effort has produced little results. Last month, some much-hyped special seats allowing mothers to breastfeed in private while on public transport opened in Pingxiang city, Jiangxi province. However, this is one of the few cities in China that offers this kind of option.
[Images via Sina]