A tourist invited to stop breastfeeding in the middle of Disneyland Paris on the grounds of “shocking customers”, a mother slapped in a queue in Bordeaux because she was breastfeeding her baby, hostile reactions towards breastfeeding mothers multiply, and yet …
Can a mother breastfeed her baby in public?
By law, yes. Breastfeeding is not an offense and is not part of the exhibition, which induces sexual deviance. More precisely, no existing law pronounces against breastfeeding, whatever the place, indoors or outdoors, public or not. Only one specific mention in the Labor Code refers to breastfeeding, specifying that every mother has the right to feed her child at her workplace one hour a day. Breastfeeding is therefore possible everywhere, without any exception.
Towards a legal framework protecting women?
To provide a legal framework for breastfeeding women, a law project conducted by Bérengère Poletti was filed last March, stipulating that “nothing justifies refusing breastfeeding to a child”. Since the hostile reactions this summer, another MP, Fiona Lazaar, has also proposed the creation of an “offense of obstructing breastfeeding”. At this time, this proposal has not yet been considered.