Sunderland mums speak out over breastfeeding in public

The Big Latch On breast feeding event at Keel Square.
From left Louise Farthing, Public Health Gillian Gibson, peer support worker Amanda Dunbar and midwife Gillian Lund
The Big Latch On breast feeding event at Keel Square. From left Louise Farthing, Public Health Gillian Gibson, peer support worker Amanda Dunbar and midwife Gillian Lund
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Dozens of Wearside women and their babies gathered for a big breastfeeding event in Sunderland.

The event, led by Wearside’s Bosom Buddies, saw the mothers take part in the World’s Big Latch On, which supports the international event by getting them to feed at the same time across the world.

The Big Latch On breast feeding event at Keel Square.

The Big Latch On breast feeding event at Keel Square.

The event proved to be a popular talking point on the Echo's Facebook page as to the benefits of breastfeeding and the act of mums doing it in public places.

Charlotte Davies wrote: "Women should be proud to breastfeed their babies in public and if I heard anyone having a problem with this I'd absolutely be with the mammy! As a mother of two, bonding with your babies is sooo important and it's such a natural thing to do. Be proud ladies and don't be shy!!"

Michael Butler said: "Can't for the life of me think why anyone would be offended. I don't know anyone that would be or have been by breastfeeding and if they are they a should go back to the Stone Age where they belong."

Olwyn Ford: "Go girls!!! It's the normal natural start for your babies x Breast is best !!!"

Mark McNamara wrote: "For the life of me I don`t understand how anyone can have a problem with a woman who is feeding her baby the natural way."

Heather Marshall said: "I'm glad I was a part of this today. I was so happy to see so many mams there. I've only had good experiences so far."

Samantha Jade Jane McLaren wrote: "Nothing wrong with it. I find it strange that people have a problem with something so innocent and natural."

Charlotte Emily Seymour wrote: "Well done all. What a great turn out. I was so proud to be part of this event today."

Andrew Snaith said: "It's a natural thing. Well done to you all."

Judith Woolley wrote: "Well done to all the ladies that took part today, I was proud to be there with you all."