I'm completely comfortable with people breastfeeding in public. It bothers me not at all. Oh, maybe doing it while trying to teach a class or drive a car is a bad idea, but only because it creates a distraction from what should be the focus of attention. So this lady in China probably should have pulled over before offering her toddler a snack:
Witnesses reported that the woman was weaving in and out of traffic along a busy street in the city of Yuzhou when her 18-month-old son started to cry, according to Orange News. They said she started breastfeeding the infant while keeping one hand on the handlebar.
Officers undoubtedly worried the woman was one bad baby bump away from causing an accident. They pulled her over and gave her a warning, Orange News reported.
“She was risking her life, her son’s life and the lives of all the other road users,” a police spokesman told Orange News.
Her enthusiasm for breastfeeding is not widely shared in China. Compared to the United States, the practice is uncommon in that nation:
Yet The World Health Organization reports that breastfeeding rates in China remain quite low. Only 58 percent of newborn infants were exclusively breastfed and that number falls to 13.6 percent for babies between the ages of 5 and 6 months. By comparison, more than 76 percent of women in the U.S. breastfeed their newborns, and nearly half of American babies are still breastfeeding at 6 months old.