There is no parenting topic that gets people more worked up than breastfeeding.
This afternoon hundreds of commenters got worked up over the Today Show's choice to post a photo taken from a Willoughby Cafe in Sydney on their Facebook Page.
The sign reads:
"BREASTFEEDING MUMS - Pop in have a FREE cup of tea if you need a pitt stop ... No need to eat. No need to ask. Please Relax J Willows."
Cue internet mayhem.
Comments included everything from simple statements about loving the sign to people calling discrimination against bottle feeders to others calling discrimination against men.
And, of course, one lovely gentleman calling breastfeeding women "slappers that just love attention" and the café owner "a person who likes his customers to get their tits out for him."
As a woman who breastfed my two children, I personally, love the sign.
Breastfeeding is hard bloody work. I have never eaten as much or drunk as much (non-alcoholic seeing as though I was feeding after all) than when I was breastfeeding.
The offer of a free cuppa, a comfy chair and zero judgment while feeding is pretty much the dream of every breastfeeding woman. Well, it definitely was the dream of this one.
And I assure the gentleman who commented on the post that no woman breastfeeds for attention nor do they like to "get their tits out". If anything, much of the feeding process, particularly in public, involves a tonne of strategic positing in order to AVOID getting your tits out on full display.
I have no doubt that both bottle feeding parents, and men in general, are more than welcome in the café as well. The fact that the owner went to the trouble to write the sign pretty much promotes the fact the café is family friendly.
Offering a breastfeeding woman a chair to sit and a drink (which, let's keep it real here, is a cup of tea not a $25 cocktail) is not meant to be malicious to people who are not breastfeeding.
I'm not currently breastfeeding so would not be able to take advantage of this offer, but it doesn't mean I don't love the intent behind it.
Is this another case of someone trying to do something nice and getting ridiculed in the process?
I don't know the owner, but whoever they are they sound lovely and I really couldn't care less if they are a male or female.
If I'm ever in the area I'll definitely be dropping in.