Everyone agrees breast is best for babies.
But you ask the health visitors; it’s no easy task encouraging women to overcome the obstacles and feed their newborns the way nature intended.
In the first few days, breast-feeding can be painful and stressful; so many new mothers feel like a failure if their milky EE cups do not immediately runneth over, of if their baby continues to howl after a feed.
And, in an era when big, bouncy, fake breasts are seem as the height of sexiness, it’s a battle to persuade some women to view their mammaries as mummyaries.
Once a mother is breastfeeding with confidence, the last thing that should happen is that some pathetic prude comes along when she’s mid-flow and tells her she’s an embarrassment to everyone around her.
That’s what happened to new mum Chantelle Nicholls aboard a Northern Rail train from Doncaster to Chesterfield. Her four-month-old daughter Morgan suddenly felt hungry and so Chantelle obliged. But the prat of a conductor ordered her off to the toilets.
If he genuinely didn’t know that the law says women can breastfeed in public place, why didn’t he? Employers Northern Rail have apologised profusely for his conduct - and for the person manning their complaints line who didn’t know the law, either. They are investigating so that no other woman is put in such an embarrassing situation.
But if this WAS simply a lack of knowledge on his part, why on earth did he suggest the toilets? Usually train loos are so foul you wouldn’t want to feed a cat in one. There’s rarely handwash and all the paper towels are on the floor, soaking up the wee. And his suggestion implied feeding a baby was on a par with emptying your bowels.