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Views: 99610 Description: Breastfeeding in public is the practice of feeding babies naturally in a public or semi-public place in open view of others. Social attitudes and legal protection of the practice varies widely. In many countries, both Third World and a number of Western countries, breastfeeding in public is common and generally not regarded an issue. In those countries, laws are used to protect the nursing mother. In many parts of the world including Australia, some parts of the United States, and Europe, along with some countries in Asia, women have an express legal right to nurse in public and in the workplace. As of 2015 in the United States, 49 states have passed legislation permitting this behavior in public and a limited federal law applies to federal government premises. A few countries, such as Saudi Arabia, expressly forbid women to expose their breasts in public, even to breastfeed.
Even though the practice may be legal or socially accepted, some mothers may nevertheless be reluctant to breastfeed in public due to other people's objections, negative comments, or harassment. It is estimated that around 63% of mothers across the world have publicly breast-fed.
The media has reported a number of incidents in which workers or members of the public have objected to or forbid women from breastfeeding. Some mothers avoid the negative attention and choose to move to another location. But some mothers have protested their treatment, and if the practice is permitted by law, have taken legal action or engaged in protests. Protests have included organizing a "nurse-in" or a breastfeeding flash mob, in which groups of nursing mothers gather at the location where the complaint originated and nursed their babies at the same time. In response, some companies have apologised and agreed to train their employees.